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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.


Brothers row over house value

A family battle over the value of a house in Lewes, East Sussex, is threatening to block sale of the property. Now the dispute is heading for the High Court. Brothers Graham and Christopher Chaplin want to sell their late mother’s house for £230,000, but the other brother, John, argues that the property is worth […]

R&W partner quits to join US rival

Rogers & Wells partner Michael Immordino is to join the London office of rival US firm Latham & Watkins because of the firm’s decision to merge with Clifford Chance. Sources say Immordino’s Italian practice, based at the firm’s London office, has referral relationships that would be in conflict with Clifford Chance’s Italian practice in the […]

Litigation Personal Injury 20/9/99

Susan Perry v Salford and Trafford Health Authority (1999) QBD (HH Judge Peter Baker) 19 August 1999 Claimant: Female, 35 years old at date of accident; 40 years old at date of settlement. Incident: The claimant, a 40-year-old woman, who suffered from severe learning difficulties and some degree of physical disability, was resident in a […]

Irwin Mitchell hires top Halliwell Landau partner

Irwin Mitchell has poached the head of pensions at Manchester firm Halliwell Landau to lead its national pensions practice in Leeds. Anne Taylor is recognised as one of the leading pensions lawyers in the North West. She will head the pensions group in the company and commercial department of Irwin Mitchell when the firm moves […]

Aitken keeps his books after all

As you may be aware this firm represents Jonathan Aitken. In the edition of The Lawyer dated 13 September 1999 you identified that it had been a good week for him as he had been granted Emergency Legal Aid in respect of his battle to stop the sale of his private letters. I am writing […]

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