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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.


Silks not like consultants

In the Lawyer, 7 April, Nigel Pascoe QC is quoted as commenting that the appointment to silk is equivalent to the appointment of a doctor as a hospital consultant. This is far from the case. All hospital medical posts below the rank of consultant are training posts and work under the direct supervision of a […]

Donovan Leisure loses 40 to Orrick Herrington

(Richard Tyler ) The future of New York firm Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine hangs in the balance following the exodus of a 40-lawyer litigation team to the New York office of bi-coastal firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. The mass defection has left Donovans with fewer than 30 lawyers, spread between its New York, Los […]

Flooding causes OSS to sink under backlog of complaints

A flood at the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) in Leamington Spa has soaked the files of 2,000 complainants and will drastically slow down the work of staff already struggling under a huge backlog and a 30 per cent surge in complaints. The extent of the damage at the OSS, which was hit […]

Tribute to QC

Tributes were paid last week to Richard Isaacson QC, a tenant at Liverpool’s Exchange Chambers, who died last Tuesday of a heart attack. Judge David Clarke QC said Isaacson was ‘in command of all the weapons available to an advocate – the rapier, the bludgeon and the steam roller when it was called for’.

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