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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.


In brief: Bird Semple sees benefits of Taiwan tubes

Scottish law firm Bird Semple has scooped the prestige appointment of legal adviser to Taiwan group Chunghwa Picture Tubes, which is building a £250 million factory in Lanarkshire employing 3,000 workers. Semple is advising on a range of issues, including the purchase or leasing of equipment and machinery. Chunghwa manufactures computer display monitors. Bird Semple […]

Councils gang up to thwart racists

Helen Sage reports A scheme to help councils take swift and effective legal action against racist attacks and harassment has been launched by the Association of London Government. The Racial Harassment Information Exchange Network aims to allay the concerns of ethnic minority communities in London that local authorities are not doing enough to tackle racial […]

Make a good recovery

Debt recovery is currently undergoing a major image change and the perceived competition between external agencies has helped to improve the service clients receive. Solicitors have historically been viewed as the professional arm of debt recovery who act with absolute integrity and concentrate purely on those matters which require legal activity. Debt collection companies have […]

Litigation Personal Injury 25/06/96

Walker v Ministry of Defence – QBD 10 June 1996 Claimant: Kirsty Walker, Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Oxygen starvation at birth at military hospital; quadriplegic, effectively blind, severely mentally handicapped, little speech, able to do nothing for herself Award: £1.05 million (agreed damages) Judge: Judge Hordern QC (sitting as judge of the High Court) Plaintiff’s […]


Bircham & Co acted for the IES Group on a placing and its admission to AIM. The placing valued IES at over £43 million.

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