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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.


Translation: a simple matter of interpretation?

Interpreting the English “legalese” used by many international business contracts is no easy matter, reports Richard Tyler. How quick is “promptly”? What is the difference between a “representation” and a “warranty”, and are “best endeavours” better than “best efforts”? These are just some of the problems foreign lawyers and judges face when trying to interpret […]

In brief: Presidential roles for British lawyers

British solicitor Howard Rosen has been elected as president of the Zurich-based British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce. Stephenson Harwood partner Tibor Gold has been elected president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents.

Gold mine lease under dispute

The Crown Estate Commissioners are fighting to re-possess a north Wales gold and silver mine from Snowdonia Leisure and are seeking forfeiture of a 31-year lease between them and Snowdonia. The writ says that the 115 acre site contains gold and silver ore. The commissioners will seek possession of “all mines, quarries, beds and veins […]

Canada is Deloittes' next target

Philip Hoult reports. Big Six accountancy firm Deloitte & Touche is set to add Canada to its global network of law firms but is still publicly insisting that it has no intention of moving into the UK legal market. The firm has hired Ian Tod, ex-managing partner of Toronto firm Torkin Manes, reportedly to carry […]

The conduct of the lender

Matthew Hirst reviews the implications for surveyors and lenders of last year’s Court of Appeal decision in Platform Home Loans. Matthew Hirst is an associate solicitor at Dibb Lupton Alsop. December 1997 saw the Court of Appeal consider whether a restriction could be placed on the types of allegations of contributory negligence which could be […]

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