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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.


When partnership pitfalls are greater than the perks

Carry out a straw poll on what thrusting young things fresh out of law school dream of, and for most of them the job title “partner” would come marginally ahead of the top-of-the-range convertible. To come to the end of your career still as an assistant would, to many, be tantamount to failure, but attaining […]

Personnel head quits CPS as selection row rumbles

THE HEAD of personnel is quitting the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) amid protests from lawyers that he was wrongly involved in selection procedures for new jobs. Glyn Harvey will take early retirement, as the CPS continues to lose senior staff in advance of its 1 April reorganisation. Harvey, head of personnel, training and development, is […]

TV football trial could cost £40m in fees

THE combined legal bill for the investigation into television football rights could run to as much as £40m, according to lawyers involved in the action. As the three-month trial passes the half-way mark, lawyers involved say estimates of huge legal costs, from “well into the £20m-mark, and up to £40m, are credible”. The premiership’s costs […]

November Group shuns court case

The November Meeting Group (NMG), which is campaigning to buy insurance on the open market, has shunned Michael Dalton’s pleas for help in his fight to take the Law Society to the European High Court. Dalton, who is seeking a judicial review of his Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) bill, approached Paul Clements, acting chairman at […]

Horses and carriages etc

We are the solicitors for Mrs Pamela Rosemary White. We have seen the article entitled “Increase in Divorce Pay Out” in the Litigator’s View column of The Lawyer dated 1 March. We would like to clarify any misunderstanding arising from this article. On 18 February, the House of Lords gave both Mr White and Mrs […]

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