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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.


Colleagues remember 'kind friend

COLLEAGUES of murdered senior partner Nigel Lightfoot have paid tribute to a “kind and generous friend”. The Southampton legal community was left shocked by the fatal stabbing of the Lamport Bassitt senior partner last week. The 60-year-old father-of-three was attacked after opening the front door of his family home to the assailant. He died within […]

Europe set for liability ruling

EUROPE could institute a community-wide ruling on limited liability if proposals before the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) prove fruitful. The details emerged at the International Bar Association’s (IBA) 12th Biennial Conference on the section on business law in Paris last week. Member states vary in their approach to […]

Volunteer army

There has been an explosion of interest in legal services in the last 12 months. Against this backdrop the CAB service has dealt with over half a million inquiries connected with legal aid, lawyers and the courts. Barriers to Justice, a report of CAB clients’ experience of the legal system, draws on evidence from over […]

Slaughters serves Barings protective writ

Slaughter and May is handling a ‘protective’ legal action on behalf of Barings’ administrators, Ernst & Young, against former derivatives trader Nick Leeson. A High Court writ was issued to “preserve the position of the administrators of Bishopscourt (BS) and Bishopscourt (BB & Co)”, formerly Baring Securities and Baring Brothers & Co said a spokesman […]

First Name action could set off Lloyd's avalanche

THE FIRST legal action taken by Lloyd’s of London agents against a Lloyd’s Name could start an “avalanche” of cases against other individual defaulting Names, according to the agents’ lawyers. The action, against Dr Andrew James Higgins, was the subject of an Order 14 hearing last week and should result in a judgment within days. […]

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