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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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A verdict from the Law Lords on whether General Augusto Pinochet has diplomatic imm-unity is expected. An earlier decision was scuttled when it was revealed that Lord Hoffman had links with Amnesty International.

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 […]

Israeli affiliate commercial firm launches in London

A London solicitor has launched a firm that has what is believed to be the first formal ties with an Israeli practice. CY Jacob & Co, which is associated with the Israeli practice Yossitoff Cohen & Co, is offering specialist advice in many areas of commercial law. A number of City firms have already targeted […]

In brief: The Association

The Association of Magisterial Offices has warned it will fight the Government’s plans to replace the 22 London magistrates’ court committees with a single body if it threatens the jobs of its members.

It's been a bad week for…

Solicitor Katherine Scaife, who lost her claim of unfair dismissal against Redcar firm Richard Knaggs. Scaife, 41, received her marching orders from the Cleveland firm after having a baby with client Wayne Dixon, procuring an injunction freezing the assets of his wife, and filing an action for the couple’s divorce on the grounds of irretrievable […]

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