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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.


In brief: Blake Lapthorn unites under one roof

South-east firm Blake Lapthorn has abandoned its high street offices and moved to a purpose-built motorway side office complex called Harbour Court. The new office, next to the M27 at Portsmouth, will house staff from seven of its regional offices under one roof, creating a personal client division. The commercial division will remain in a […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 09/04/96

David Cochran, 51, admitted 1982, practising at material times in partnership as McKenzie & Chester, Tiverton, Devon, refused restoration to the roll after voluntarily removing his name in 1992. Cochran also ordered to pay £3,643 costs. Tribunal said Cochran had been accused of failure to comply with accounting rules, acting for his client when his […]

Govt helps elderly who help themselves

It was almost 10 years ago that the Government started to focus on the problem of increased longevity, when it introduced a new pensions regime as part of its efforts to encourage people to save for their old age. Life expectancy has lengthened and the Government wants to develop people’s awareness that pensions are not […]

Talks tackle 'homes for votes' implications

Helen Sage reports The licensing of sex shops and the legal implications of the Westminster ‘homes for votes’ scandals are among subjects included in the Law Society’s latest programme of courses for local government lawyers. The training unit of the local government group, which spearheaded training for local authorities on how to win CCT, has […]

UK could lose out to US in attracting Israeli companies, seminar will say

UK companies and investors need to make more of an effort to attract Israeli companies to London, or they will lose out to Wall Street, according to Gavin Rabinowitz, head of Nabarro Nathanson’s Israel desk. Nabarros is organising a seminar aimed at encouraging the UK to invest in Israeli companies. Chaired by Lord Young, the […]

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