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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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Malcolm McPherson is the managing partner at Henderson Boyd Jackson, Edinburgh. He was born in Edinburgh in 1954. What was your first job? Truck driver What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £950 pa. What would you be doing if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Boat builder. Which law could you live without? […]

Garretts' recruits boost IT division

CITY FIRM Garrett & Co has poached two City partners in a bid to revamp its IT and intellectual property (IP) division. The new recruits, partners Richard Kemp and Mark Turner, join from Hammond Suddard and Denton Hall. Garrett’s announcement comes three months after Marcus O’Leary, founder of its Reading IP section, left to set […]

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 […]

Middle East group looks back on year of success

ASSISTANT under-secretary of state at the Foreign Office, Andrew Green, was guest speaker at the first anniversary event of the British Middle East Law Council (BMELC). Green, a former Ambassador to Syria, congratulated John Young, president of the council, and Ibrahim Kanaan, secretary general, on the energy and drive they have shown in establishing the […]

Barristers to give tribunal advice free

UNASSISTED appellants appearing before the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) will be offered free representation at preliminary hearings by specialist employment advocates. A new scheme, designed by the recently-formed Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA), answers a call for assistance from EAT president Mr Justice Mummery. ELBA has formed a panel of experienced advocates who will be […]

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