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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: Law Society calls for negotiated liability

People entering into joint enterprises should have the right to choose how they share responsibility if something goes wrong, according to a Law Society report sent to the Department of Trade and Industry. The Law Society is not in favour of the overall abolition of the legal principle that those who cause civil wrongs should […]

Bar Council unable to disbar solicitors

John Malpas reports A MOVE to force barristers to disbar if they become solicitors has finally been ruled out by the Bar Council. At its meeting earlier this month, the Bar Council conceded that there was nothing it could do to stop barristers from holding on to their qualification on becoming solicitors. The Bar Council […]

Firms retain trainees as market picks up

A Healthy number of trainees qualifying in September will be kept on by the top UK firms. Of the 14 London and regional firms contacted by The Lawyer, an average of only three trainees per firm were yet to be offered places. The firms reported increasing workloads as well as better trainee selection procedures. But […]

Manches seeks another merger to keep growing after swallowing Rubinsteins

Manches & Co is looking to merge with another practice to mark the next phase of its expansion following its take-over in 1994 of London-based Rubinstein Callingham Polden & Gale. Corporate partner Melvin Pedro said: “A merger would make sense for us because there are definite advantages in having the kind of economies of scale […]

Is the report a Woolf in sheep's clothing?

Clients want faster access to justice. So do all right-minded members of the legal profession. To that end, Lord Woolf’s final report after his two-year inquiry can only be good news. His aim is to reduce “inequalities, cost, delay and the complexity of civil litigation”. He is also hoping to introduce greater certainty on timescales […]

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