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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.


ABA pro bono event debates US funds cuts

THE FUTURE of federal funding for legal services in the US is at the top of the agenda for US pro bono lawyers as congressional leaders meet to discuss trimming costs. The 11th American Bar Association conference in Nash-ville next month will focus on how to respond to the likelihood of cuts in federal legal […]

Custom-built vehicles

Ship Ahoy! Kathleen Herbert is one of four art students from the University of the West of England sponsored by Bristol law firm Lawrence Tucketts to record the ‘International Festival of the Sea’, held recently at the city’s old harbour. Tucketts awarded commissions worth £3,000 for the students to “paint from life” and record the […]

Called to the stage

*The controversial euthanasia theme gets an airing this week with the staging of ‘Whose Life is it Anyway?’ by the Bar’s top theatrical lights. David Dabbs, of Goldsmith Chambers, stars in and directs the Bar Theatrical Society production, playing from Tuesday to Friday at Lincoln’s Inn Old Hall. Dabbs plays a dying patient, and fellow […]

Jobs freeze starts to thaw as market moves up a gear

THE IN-HOUSE job market is picking up, according to a new business salary survey. Legal recruitment firm Michael Page Legal says it has noticed signs of a distinct improvement in the job market for in-house lawyers who can generally expect to earn more than they would in private practice. The average starting salary for a […]

Supreme Court revamps pilot plan

THE SUPREME Court Taxation Office has launched a revised version of its pilot scheme for a radically faster and cheaper taxation process, after the failure of its first scheme last year. The SCTO dropped elements that had triggered concern among lawyers and which led to an almost non-existent take-up of the earlier scheme. The pilot […]

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