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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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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 […]

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 […]

Firms enjoy feel-good factor

Denton Hall and Manches & Co have each tied the knot on a deal in the retail market, where there is evidence that the elusive feel-good factor is persuading consumers to spend more money in the high street. Tony Grant led the Dentons team which advised wholesaler Bemrose Corporation in its acquisition of Charles Letts […]

Mishcons to beef up insolvency with recruit

Sinclair Roche & Temperly solicitor David Middleburgh is leaving the firm to head up the insolvency law group of Mischon De Reya. Middleburgh joins Mishcons this week as the firm strengthens its insolvency department which, to date, was run through the commercial litigation department. A spokeswoman from the firm said it was “pulling together different […]

UK law in profit but lacks business nous

UK law firms are making more money than ever before but profits are being squeezed by a significant increase in staff costs, according to a joint survey by The Lawyer and accountants Coopers & Lybrand. The message is that firms need to manage business more efficiently if they are to improve financial performance. Robert Martin, […]

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