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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.


Coventry firm wins third Dibbs property partner

Dibb Lupton Alsop has lost a third property partner to Warner Cranston – this time from its Birmingham office. David Hayes, Dibbs’ head of property in Birmingham, is to join Warner Cranston’s Coventry office as a partner, replacing a property partner who has retired. He follows Peter Davis and Lawrence Radley, who left Dibbs’ London […]

Rocher wooed by Clifford Chance

Wilde Sapte’s leading litigator Philip Rocher is believed to be in talks to join Clifford Chance. Neither Clifford Chance nor Wilde Sapte would comment, but it is known that Rocher began looking for a new position when Wilde Sapte formalised talks with Arthur Andersen. His main client is Deloitte & Touche, which has told him […]

New lease of life for ADR

Anthony Salata reports on a number of new ways of resolving property disputes. Anthony Salata is a partner with surveyors Jordon Salata Graham and chairs RICS’s dispute resolution group. Dispute resolution in the property field is changing and chartered surveyors are at the forefront of that change. One of the first areas of change is […]


Linklaters advised the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising on its approval of the £2.1bn upgrade of the West Coast Main Line. Denton Hall acted for the Virgin Rail Group. simmons & simmons acted for Railtrack.

Can a child with a disability be too gifted?

The responsibility of local authorities to support those with learning disabilities could be set to increase, reports Roger Pearson. The obligations of local authorities to provide special help for youngsters with learning difficulties are to come under High Court scrutiny. Leave has been given by Mr Justice Hidden for a challenge to the stance of […]

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