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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.


Mears faction strikes out at split society proposals

CHANCERY Lane’s warring factions are presenting a united front against a campaign to split the Law Society into two. Martin Mears, the Law Society president, and his deputy Robert Sayer, have distanced themselves from the new Solicitors’ Association Steering Group which wants to split the society’s representative and regulatory functions. While expressing sympathy for the […]

Diamonds heist claim

British Airways is facing a High Court battle over three bags of diamonds which went missing. Nine diamond forwarders, from Israel, Bombay and Antwerp, and the diamond owners, from Antwerp and Israel, are suing BA for £1,044,623 plus interest. The High Court writ claims two airport employees stole the diamonds while loading them on to […]

Scotland to woo the world with glossy marketing move

SCOTTISH lawyers have stolen a march on their English and Welsh rivals by producing a glossy brochure designed to drum up work from foreign businesses at the American Bar Association Conference, which will be held next month. The Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland joined forces to publish the 12-page brochure, called […]

In brief: From Leeds United kop to boardroom

Peter McCormick of Leeds-based firm McCormicks has been appointed to the board of Leeds United Football Club, as non-executive director of Leeds United Holdings. McCormick said: “I have followed the Club since I was a small boy. I have enjoyed doing the legal work and it is a very proud moment for me to complete […]

Ex-Baileys partner sues for breach of contract

TWENTY partners at the London firm Baileys Shaw & Gillett are being sued for breach of contract by a former salaried partner. In a statement of claim lodged at the Central London County Court, Pauline Walker accused the firm of breaching the employment severance arrangements that she had been agreed with the partners. She is […]

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