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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.


Jersey is already cleaning up

The thrust of your article “Jersey aims to keep it clean” (The Lawyer 29 March) was that Jersey risked sending out messages that were compromising its integrity. This theme appeared to be based on two propositions – that we were delaying action in response to allegations that the Russian Central Bank had improperly used a […]

Case of the Week

In an unprecedented move, the fate of former Labour MP Fiona Jones (left) – whose conviction for submitting misleading expenses claims has been quashed by the High Court – is to be decided in court, not Parliament. Speaker Betty Boothroyd is instructing the Attorney-General to apply to the High Court for a ruling. Jones lost […]

Magistrates courts break health and safety laws

Nearly two thirds of magistrates courts are breaking health and safety laws, a new survey reveals. The survey by the Association of Magisterial Officers (AMO) of almost 300 courts in England and Wales reveals that 64 per cent of courts have not carried out any risk assessment, which they have been legally required to do […]

Davis Blank merges with Rupert Wood

North-west law firm Davis Blank Furniss is to take over an Ashton-under-Lyme practice. The firm, which has offices in Manchester and Derbyshire, is to merge with Rupert Wood & Son, taking its number of partners to 14. Senior partner at Davis Blank, Peter Heginbotham, says that the Rupert Wood office lay in-between his firm’s two […]

Beachcrofts offers performance-fees

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is launching what it claims to be a ground-breaking offer to clients to tie fees to performance in fast-track dispute resolution. The firm, which launches this week following the merger of Beachcroft Stanleys and Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave, says it will be the first firm to link fees to speed of settlement of insurance […]

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