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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.



The Auld report on the criminal courts is already proving controversial. Much heralded, and supposedly much delayed, the report of Lord Justice Auld’s review of the criminal courts – all 700 pages of it – has finally seen the light of day early. It is vital that the bar should respond to the challenges set […]

Raffle baffle

Tulkinghorn is frankly shocked. All those lawyers went all that way to Richmond for the Law Society Sevens in the pouring rain… but didn’t stay around for the prizes. Does no one appreciate freebies any more?One of the rare exceptions to this was the fragrant Amanda MacFarlane of Wedlake Bell, who won first prize in […]

The bar's the star

The UK bar's increased turnover means it is now a £1.6bn business, but a recent survey predicts that the profession has yet to face some stiff challenges. Matheu Swallow reports

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