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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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Plumber's hotel accident leads to writ for Trotts

A LONDON firm is being sued by a former client who claims it allowed a damages action to be automatically struck out. Former plumber George Kersey says he hired Islington firm Trott & Gentry to pursue an action against Imperial London Hotels after an accident left him unable to work. A writ issued at the […]

In brief: Ex-Clydes accountant faces fraud charges

The former chief accountant of City firm Clyde & Co has appeared in court charged with defrauding the firm’s partners of £600,000. Peter Penrose, who worked for Clydes for four years, recently appeared before the City of London Magistrates.

Technology on trial

Judge Fallon, senior judge at Bristol Crown Court, is a passionate believer in the merits of computers in court. He talked in 1991 about a “horse and cart to motor car” transition when describing the process of getting lawyers and judges to use computers. “The problem with the early motor car was that it was […]

In brief: Walford knighted in honours list

Allen & Overy partner Christopher Walford has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Walford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, has been with the firm for more than 25 years.

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