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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.

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The French connection

On 1 October last year Paris information technology firm FG Associes moved its clientele and expertise across the Champs Elysees to join large international firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn HRK. With a reputation which was the envy of its competitors and boasted major international clients, the move was a surprise, even in an increasingly international […]

Axa suspends Berrymans and Kennedys for protocol breach

Berrymans’ London office and Kennedys’ Brentwood branch were suspended after an audit found that the two firms failed to comply with certain protocols set out by Axa for panel firms that handle high volume insurance litigation claims. The firm’s offices are also not allowed to deal with agency work – new claims which have been […]

Legal Aid cuts hit Scottish firm

Ross Harper’s managing partner Cameron Fyfe has also been toppled from the top job. It is understoood he will concentrate on fee-earning. The firm has reportedly closed down its Uddingston and Pollok offices and offered redundancy to five lawyers and five administrative workers. The operations in Rutherglen and Easterhouse are also being wound down and […]

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UK trio set to help propel German tax firm into City

Top German tax firm Haarmann Hemmelrath has named the three UK lawyers who are joining to help the firm open a London office. Corporate law specialist Philip Newhouse arrives after 15 years as a partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett, Jay Birch joins from the Manchester office of Hammond Suddards and legally-qualified chartered accountant Peter Vaines […]

Crunch time for Aitken

May looks set to be a key month in the battle by former MP Jonathan Aitken to ward off moves by creditors who have launched bankruptcy proceedings. On 18 May a year will have elapsed since the appointment of bankruptcy trustees and, short of a deal being struck, it will be open to the trustees […]

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