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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.


Council fights quarry go-ahead

A legal battle centring on the environmental issues relating to consent for quarrying operations is to go to the House of Lords. North Yorkshire County Council has been given leave to challenge an Appeal Court decision this February, relating to approval of conditions for quarrying on land at Wensley Quarries at Preston under Scar. The […]


Chelmsford LPC course may go to Cambridge

Philip Hoult reports. ANGLIA Polytechnic University (APU) is in talks with Leicester’s De Montfort University and Cambridge University about moving its Chelmsford-based legal practice course (LPC) to Cambridge. The move follows a fall in demand for places on APU’s Chelmsford course – one of the first to be approved by the Law Society in early […]

Law Society elections. Electing on policy or personality?

The challengers: if Michael Napier and David McIntosh are elected, they plan to take on the Government – not the Law Society. It costs the Law Society £100,000 to hold an election for each of the three presidential offices. For this reason, in the eyes of some members of the profession, anyone forcing a vote […]

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.

Our dream ticket for the profession

This week, many lawyers will be pondering who to vote for in the forthcoming Law Society elections. The Lawyer has decided to pin its colours to the mast. For two of the posts the choice is not difficult – Michael Napier is our choice for the presidency and Kamlesh Bahl should be voted in as […]

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