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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.


Dibbs pays the price of its 'kick ass' culture

IF YOU can never think of a witty remark with which to inscribe a leaving card, spare a thought for those left at Dibb Lupton Alsop, whose collective comic inspiration must be running a little low. Last Friday the drinks were bought in honour of partner Alan Fisher, head of insurance in the London office, […]

Increase in divorce payout

Divorced farmer, Martin White has been allowed to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling on a High Court order that he pay his ex-wife u1.5m instead of u800,000. White and his wife Pamela are both farmers and farmed in equal shares when they married. After they divorced, Family Division judge Mr Justice Holman ordered White […]

High street faces its Waterloo

If war breaks out between solicitors, estate agents and mortgage lenders, who will be left standing when the smoke clears? Fenella Quinn reports from the front line. Competition in the domestic conveyancing market has never been tougher, prompting an all-out war between solicitors, estate agents and mortgage lenders. Countrywide Conveyancing Direct (CCD) – formerly Hambro […]

In brief: White & Case partner John Riggs

White & Case partner John Riggs, the only non-French member serving on the Paris Bar Council, has been awarded the Ordre de Merite. The award is made in recognition of his career as a lawyer in France and his contribution to Franco-US relations, especially in the legal field. Riggs was elected to serve a three-year […]

LAB staff face huge pay cuts

THE Legal Aid Board (LAB) is threatening to slash pay among its senior staff, according to an internal report leaked to The Lawyer. The First Division Association (FDA) union is accusing the LAB of planning to freeze the salaries of existing staff until inflation decreases their value by 30 per cent, and of introducing lower […]

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