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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.


Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 02/12/97

Shushil Ramanbhaj Patel, admitted 1977, practising at material time as a solicitor on own account as SR Patel & Co, in High Holborn, until November 1987, initially struck off and ordered to pay costs of £2,214. When it became known that he had already been struck off, the tribunal substituted order that he be prohibited […]

Indemnity is illusory

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 734 0534, e-mail, DX44700 Soho Square I was interested to see your recent article in which a City lawyer was suggesting that firms with claims should be thrown out of SIF. I can assure you that there are many unfortunate […]

Hodge Jones' move takes it into the 21st century

EXPANDING London firm Hodge Jones & Allen is celebrating its 20th anniversary by moving office, hiring extra staff and adopting new technology. The practice, which began in September 1977 with three solicitors and now has 70 staff, was due to move 100 yards from its Camden High Street premises to new offices on Camden Road […]

Herbert Smith gets £3m payout

Herbert Smith was paid £3,256,000-worth of taxpayers money in fees for the sell-off of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) married quarters – twice as much as the MoD budgeted for. The National Audit Office’s report on the controversial £1.6bn sell-off of 57,000 married quarters homes to Nomura-led consortium Annington Homes, in the UK’s largest ever […]

Appeal Court judgments should be on the Internet, says report

Elizabeth Davidson reports A MAJOR review of the Court of Appeal’s civil division has called for all of its judgments to be made available on the World Wide Web. The report, written by a panel of six authors and chaired by former Price Waterhouse senior partner Sir Jeffery Bowman, was commissioned before the election by […]

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