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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: Business guru sues magazine for libel

Anthony Robbins, the US “personal success” coach to a string of celebrities, is suing Business Age magazine for libel over stories it ran about him in its last two editions. Robbins’ solicitors, Davies Arnold Cooper, has issued a writ claiming aggravated damages against the editor, author and publishers. Senior partner David McIntosh says the stories […]

Russians get business tips

A programme teaching Russian legal practices how to run a law firm is to be launched this week by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society of Scotland. Forty lawyers will take part in the four-week training programme, organised in conjunction with the Russian Academy of Jurisprudence and the International Union […]

Open this mutual exclusion zone

On 23 June the results of the qualified lawyers transfer test were published, giving the names of those already qualified lawyers who have successfully met the Law Society’s requirements in passing further tests to become solicitors. Those from foreign jurisdictions will then gain an additional qualification, whereas the barristers qualified in England might well be […]


Leicester firm Harvey Ingram advised retailer Stead & Simpson Group in the provision of £10 million-plus additional equity funding and new banking facilities. The arrangements

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