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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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Home Group announces new panel tender

Housing charity Home Group has invited firms to tender for its residential property work. The charity is creating a new panel for the work. Its current general panel members include ­Dickinson Dees, Eversheds, Sharratts and Trowers & Hamlins, and it is understood that these firms, in addition to several ­others, will participate in the tender. […]

Professional negligence: mortgage fraud

In the field of professional liability, mortgage fraud and claims against professionals arising from it remain the topics of the moment. Lenders such as Britannia have recently made it known that they are investigating losses that they have suffered and that wherever possible they will seek to recover those losses from the professionals who advised […]

A question of sports

Tulkinghorn believes you can tell a lot about a law firm by looking at its sports teams, and the Legal Fives tournament held a few weeks ago turned out to be a mine of information. For example, Hammonds called its football team MC Hammonds Time, which implies its lawyers have a special sense of humour. […]

Retirement age appeal gets tribunal hearing

Thames Valley firm BP Collins has brought a case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that could have ;implications ;for lawyers wanting to work beyond ;the ;statutory ­retirement age. Leslie Seldon, a former partner at South East firm Clarkson Wright & Jakes, is challenging the firm over its policy of enforcing a retirement age of […]

Opinion: High oil prices are fuelling the flames of energy disputes

Disputes lawyers sit with sharpened ­pencils waiting impatiently for the full force of the fallout from the credit crunch. As thumbs are twiddled, a torrent of ­disputes has already started in the energy sector. Across the world disputes are being fuelled by the unsettling effects of the high price of oil. The nature of these […]

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