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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.


Sole practitioners group split on MDPs

THE EXECUTIVE body of the Sole Practitioners’ Group (SPG) is split over multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) with 50 per cent in favour and 40 per cent against the Law Society’s plan to sweep aside its ban later this year. SPG chairman Montagu Martin is in favour of MDPs, saying it would be a “retrograde step” if […]

Housing lawyers slam Funding Code

The Legal Aid Board’s approach to housing repair claims is “fundamentally misconceived” and contrary to the Government’s wishes, says the Housing Law Practitioners Association (HPLA). The Legal Aid Board’s new Funding Code appears to accept the local authorities’ claim that money spent on legal costs means less money will be spent on other areas of […]

Police tip-offs to press slammed by lawyers

Defence lawyers have called for legislation to govern the way the police deal with the media to stop leaks prejudicing high profile cases before they go to court. A recent series of police tip-offs to journalists about celebrities involved in high profile cases have infuriated defence lawyers who say their clients are being unfairly and […]

Ladbroke sues for #9.5m loan

Ladbroke Group Properties, which is part of Ladbroke Group, is suing three Jersey companies for repayment of loans of more than #9.5m. It claims that it agreed to lend three companies – Brompton Holdings, Monteagle Holdings (Jersey) and Remlap Holdings – up to #10m, so that they in turn could lend the money to two […]

Carr swerves to avoid the barrage of publicity

Christopher Carr QC is the master of understatement. His submission in one legal directory startlingly reveals that he is based at One Essex Court and is recommended for commercial litigation, energy and utilities. There is no mention of his career development, professional memberships or personal interests. In fact there is very little information about him […]

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