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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.


Firm insider blamed for Shoosmiths speculation

Northampton-based law firm Shoosmiths & Harrison is merging the operations of its Rugby and Nottingham office, while strenuously denying that two of its satellite offices are to close. But in an extraordinary twist, Shoosmiths managing partner Graham New has admitted that one of his own staff is spreading disinformation about the firm. He claims that […]

Redundancy looms for law centre seven after budget cut

BRENT Community Law Centre and the borough’s two Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) are on the verge of closing, leaving seven lawyers facing redundancy. The centre claims the £300,000 cuts in advice service grants by Brent Council will leave the London borough with no independent advice service from April. It is vowing to fight the closure […]

Verdict causes stir for broadcasters

A COURT of Appeal decision on 17 December has caused a major stir among broadcasting companies, and is still being analysed by lawyers. Denton Hall’s Simon Levine and Neville Cordell say it has stretched the scope of the 1998 Copyright Designs and Patents Act “fair dealing” defence too far. The decision relates to the Pro […]

Time to update to a new bar code?

AS AN employed practising barrister, I have been following the debate about rights of audience for employed lawyers with interest. As a busy in-house lawyer, I have neither the time nor the inclination to pop on a wig and dash off to the High Court or the Court of Appeal, but find it more convenient […]

All's fair in love and law

YOUR report, “Law Society staff face huge pay cuts in new regime” (The Lawyer, 8 February), failed to mention the fact that roughly the same number of staff have received salary increases as have had their pay frozen. There is no plan to reduce staff numbers as a result of the new pay system. Our […]

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