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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 Blitz spirit that overrides politics

Pictures of bomb-damaged buildings and injured bystanders are again making the front pages. No-one can fail to be moved by the pain and suffering that has been caused as well as relieved that there were no fatalities, this time. The unfortunate fact is that disaster planning now has to be put back on many agendas, […]

Firms pick up the pieces

Lawyers in Manchester returned to work amidst scenes of devastation last week, determined to keep business going as usual. Chambers on King Street and several firms sustained damage during the IRA bomb attack on 15 June. The Pall Mall office of Addleshaw Sons & Latham was closest to the blast and was so badly damaged […]

New head of Bar European

Nicholas Paines, of Monckton Chambers, was elected as the new chair of the Bar European Group at the group’s AGM on 12 June. Peter Duffy of Essex Court Chambers was elected vice-chair. Paines first task will be to organise the group’s annual garden party held jointly with the Solicitors’ European group on 4 July. The […]

Law Soc treasurer in SCB rebuke

Three Law Society ex-presidents are to decide whether the society’s treasurer Mike Howells should resign after revelations that he has been “severely rebuked” by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. The SCB found he had failed to furnish a client with adequate professional services and ordered him to pay £1,000 compensation. The issue is threatening to overshadow […]

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 […]

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