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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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Campbells signs Resolution to revamp its IT system

LONDON firm Campbell Hooper has signed a £250,000 contract with practice management supplier Resolution Systems for a total overhaul of its cabling system and software. Resolution is updating the IT infrastructure at Campbells by installing a cabling system designed to cope with voice and data requirements. The £250,000 contract includes the cost for the installation […]

Criminal lawyers slam Govt proposal to speed up justice

Criminal lawyers have condemned a Home Office plan to speed up justice as ill-conceived and likely to lead to legal miscarriages. In a briefing last week, Home Office officials announced that from 1 October in six pilot areas, clients who plead guilty will be expected to use the solicitor on duty, not one of their […]

Red era reforming

Neil McGregor on trying to keep up with Romania’s law makers post Ceausescu. Neil McGregor is senior resident lawyer at Sinclair Roche Temperley in Bucharest. This my second year as senior resident lawyer at the Bucharest office of Sinclair Roche & Temperley. Sinclair Roche is one of only two City firms with permanent offices here. […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 10/3/98

Graham Edward Westbury North, 45, admitted 1977, Michael Anthony Weston, 49, admitted 1972, and Emily Claire Assunta Rebecca Macaskie, 37, admitted 1988, practising at material time as Burton Yeates Westburys, London, WC2. North and Weston struck off and Macaskie suspended from practice for 12 months. £10,156 costs ordered to be paid (of which North to […]

In brief: Addison secures harassment conviction

Former Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutor Neil Addison has secured the first convictions of campaigners or demonstrators under the Harassment Act since it came into force last year. Two animal rights protestors have been banned from going within half a mile of a Nothumberland mink farm. Addison, an expert on the Act, had prosecuted the […]

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