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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.


Fee reforms may out-price litigants

Derek O’Brien and Pamela Abrams believe that new proposals on court fees could reduce the volume of willing litigants. Derek O’Brien and Pamela Abrams are senior lecturers at the University of Westminster School of Law. The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has published a discussion paper on the proposed introduction of a new regime of court […]

Manchester's 40 King Street opens new premises in Leeds

Manchester set 40 King Street has opened premises in Leeds in a bid to tap into the city’s chancery and commercial work, much of which is still being sent down to London. Although some Manchester sets have annexes in Preston, it is thought to be the first time a set outside London has opened up […]

Litigation Personal Injury 24/3/98

Swan v Pragnell QBD 2 February 1998 Claimant: Jamie Swan, 18 Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Claimant sustained serious brain injuries when only a few months old while travelling in a car driven by a family friend. The car collided with another car, the driver of which, (the defendant) was convicted of causing death by […]

Planning for life

Tobin Roberts says planning early is the crucial step for a sound financial future. Tobin Roberts is head of private banking at Rea Brothers, which specialises in advising lawyers. It is fair to say that most lawyers have neither the time nor the inclination to plan their financial affairs properly. If they did it might […]

Invalid SIF comparison

I read with interest Emile Woolf’s article on chartered accountants’ response to the requirement for professional indemnity insurance (The Lawyer, 17 February), and note that he is described as chairman of the Personal Injury Requirements Committee. I chaired the committee (then known as the Practice Insurance Requirements Committee but a succession of claims does sometimes […]

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