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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.


Pest litigation breeds like rabbits

The refusal of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) to acknowledge the existence of a Rabbit Clearance Order goes some way to explaining why landowners – who estimate that rabbits cause about #100m worth of damage to their land every year – have reached the end of their tether. The Rabbit Clearance Order […]

Marketing for customer care

IT IS astonishing that you believe the marketing professionals in UK law firms simply rely upon “the power of the brand” (The Lawyer, 11 January), as if they were selling washing powder, or that they have never considered the value of the existing clients. Enlightened marketing activity is about long-term relationship building, customer care, market […]

'Stop whingeing and get your house in order', says Woolf

THE Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has hit out at critics of his civil justice reforms and told the legal profession to “put its house in order” in an exclusive interview with The Lawyer. The Government is due to publish the rulebook this week, which will outline radically different procedural rules and practice directions […]

In brief: Cripps Harries Hall

Cripps Harries Hall is the first of the top 100 law firms to achieve the professional quality assurance standard Lexcel, indicating compliance with the Law Society’s Practice Management Standards. Jonathan Denny, managing partner, says: “By gaining the accreditation as a firm we have achieved confirmation of reaching a high standard of quality.”

Top UK mediators forge alliance to woo clients

Seven of the UK’s leading mediators have launched a mediation panel to generate work, rather than relying on recommendations from the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) or the Alternative Dispute Resolution Group (ADR). The Panel of Independent Mediators (PIM) members – Phillip Howell-Richardson, David Miles, Philip Naughton QC, Andrew Paton, Nicholas Pryor, David Shapiro, and […]

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