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Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.


Partner wins unfair dismissal claim against Finchley firm

A salaried partner at a North Finchley firm who was sacked after demanding £2,800 in commission has won his claim for unfair dismissal at North London Industrial Tribunal. John Getling, a salaried partner for three and a half years at general commercial practice Peter Brown & Co, told the tribunal, held last November, that after […]

Lessons from Westminster

Leonie Cowen looks at how lawyers can avoid becoming caught up in another Westminster ‘homes for votes’-style scandal. Leonie Cowen is a solicitor and local government consultant. Just before Christmas, three Divisional Court judges handed down judgment in the infamous Westminster City Council ‘homes for votes’ case. They confirmed the district auditor’s finding of ‘wilful […]

Drunken behaviour sinks rape-case solicitor

Angus Diggle, the lawyer who was convicted of the attempted rape of a colleague after a Highland ball, has been struck off the Solicitor’s Roll. Diggle was given a three-year prison sentence in January 1995. It was later reduced to two years, of which he served two months. He was also suspended from the profession […]


Wragge & Co advised the Police Mutual Assurance Society on the sale of its entire £40m investment property portfolio, comprising 22 factories, shops and offices over the past two years.

LCD puts brake on reforms

THE LORD Chancellor, Lord Irvine, is poised to make a public admission that he will not meet the tough self-imposed 1 April deadline for the implementation of his controversial legal aid reforms. The Lawyer understands that he or his deputy, Geoff Hoon is preparing to concede that only the plan to replace legal aid with […]

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