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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.

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Practice manager

Three Verulam Buildings has appointed Khursid Khosla as its first practice development manager in charge of the set’s marketing. She previously spent seven years working with Reynolds Porter Chamberlain and Titmuss Sainer & Webb.

Preparing the legal road ahead

Investigating road traffic accidents can require the services of a whole host of specialist witnesses, says ian Smith. Ian Smith is a former policeman and an expert witness with Professional Transport Advice Services. Experts in any discipline are a mine of useful information and none more so than in the field of road traffic accident […]

Councils clash over land

Two Kent councils are on course for a High Court confrontation. Shepway District council has been granted leave to seek judicial review of Ashford Council’s decision to discharge conditions relating to the development of a major site at Ashford. Shepway Council claims that outline planning consents granted in respect of the site did not provide […]

Legal aid: the state pays and the state benefits

Paul Taylor says that the removal of legal aid for personal injury litigation is based on faulty logic and that once that fallacy is recognised, the case for State funding is abundantly clear. Paul Taylor is an assistant solicitor at Lorimer Longhurst & Lees. I recently attended a lecture where the speaker – a non […]

CCBE fails on VAT

The European Commission has rejected arguments by the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) that the VAT rate on legal services should be reduced. The commission had been considering the issue since it was raised by the CCBE last year. The professional body, which represents Bar associations in the European Union, […]

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