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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: Claims Direct defends taking a cut of awards

Personal injury firm Claims Direct has hit back at a Law Society attack on the company. At a press conference last week the company, which handles PI claims in return for a 30 per cent cut of any damages awards, said it provided a valuable service for people who were nervous of using solicitors.

Hammonds' employment head quits for Norton Rose

Hammond Suddards has been hit by the departure of its national head of employment and another leading employment partner. Tim Russell – overall head of employment at the firm – is joining City firm Norton Rose in March as head of employment, while Chris Southam is going to Osborne Clarke. Russell joined Hammonds from Lloyds […]

It has been a good week for…

Dundee solicitor and ex-Rugby player Alexandra MacRae, whose sex change was recognised by the Scottish Courts when a sheriff agreed to send her to a female prison after she was jailed for 15 months for embezzlement. The Sun’s “legal manager” Tom Crone and the newspaper’s counsel, Charles Gray QC, who fought off an attempt by […]

Corporate investors' risk costs will rise under SFA

Corporate investors at Lloyd’s are likely to see the costs of underwriting rise as the insurance market is brought under the direct supervision of the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The current draft of the Financial Services and Markets Bill gives extensive supervisory powers to the FSA over Lloyd’s, and the City regulator is likely to […]

Ride operator faces legal rollercoaster

Roger Pearson reports on an illiterate ride operative’s High Court battle against fairground giant Bob Wilson & Sons. The country’s oldest trade union, the Showman’s Guild, is facing a High Court challenge from ride operator Barry Print, in a battle over allocation of fairground pitches. In a writ issued on his behalf by Chelmsford firm […]

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