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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.


In brief: The Solicitors Property Centre

The Solicitors Property Centre has yet again delayed the opening of its first shop. Registration fees of up to £750 were handed over by 700 firms in 1997 but their plans to open at the beginning of 1998 came to nothing. Its flagship collapsed in September and further shops were rescheduled for the following January. […]

Law Soc body: 'scrap SIF'

THE LAW Society’s top advisory body is urging the council to scrap the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) and let lawyers insure through a master policy, or on the open market. The call by the Interim Executive Committee (IEC) will be made when the Law Society council meets to decide SIF’s fate this week. The recommendation […]

Partners in rush for Big Five

THE BIG five firms are receiving an unprecedented number of applications from partners in medium-sized outfits who fear for their future as the market consolidates. Tony Williams, managing partner of Clifford Chance, says he expects 1999 to be “the year of the CV”, with at least 100 approaches from partners at other firms. “Two years […]

Prisoner to sue Home Office

Another test case centring on liability of the Prison Service for the wellbeing of prisoners is now heading for the courts. Robert Hartshorn, who was jailed for murder in 1986, has been given the go-ahead to sue the Home Office for damages in respect of injuries he received when two fellow prisoners at Gartree Prison, […]


Claire Milton led the Berwin Leighton team on behalf of MWB Leisure Fund II in the £80m purchase of the Star City leisure park in Birmingham. Eversheds partner Nigel Watkins represented Star City.

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