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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.

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Case summaries

Cases pending in the Queens Bench Division: Patel v Solanki (9 February); Matthews v Metropolitan Police (16 February); Marks & Spencer v Granada (23 February); Al Fagih v HH Saudi Research & Marketing (2 March); Jarvis v Metropolitan Police (16 March); Ferguson v Silver and ors (no date); Morgan v MGN (no date fixed); Trigwell […]

Litigation Writs 3/2/98

Abbey National is suing solicitors George Plenderleath, Paul Davies, John Hobson, Paul Carr, Trever Shillabeer, Steven Griffiths, Oliver Borthwick, Michael Kelly, John James, Ian Brand, David Fryer, Dermot Carey, William Knoc, David Wilson, Thomas Thomson, Michael Bottomley and Duncan Wilcox for damages for alleged negligence and breach of contract when acting in connection with a […]

Underwriting solicitors

I was very pleased to read the article concerning Stewart Title’s announcement that solicitors will take on the underwriters role in their title insurance scheme (The Lawyer, 27 January). This may well be news for private practice conveyancing lawyers, but it should not be. For more than 100 years, title insurance has played a pivotal […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 3/2/98

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. No contempt of court in respect of match fixing trial Her Majesty’s Attorney General v (1) Sunday Newspapers (2) Thomas Anthony John Rubython (3) Anil Bhoyrul (1998) Court: DC (Pill LJ, Garland J) 20/1/9Summary: Allegations of […]

Law Soc commissions legal aid research drive

THE Law Society has commissioned a major research project into the impact the Government’s reform plans will have on law firms across the country, as part of its campaign to force a U-turn on the reforms. The research, which will be undertaken by the University of Sheffield Law Faculty’s Professor Joanna Shapland, will take the […]

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