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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: SPG warns on conveyancing system

The Solicitors Property Group (SPG) has repeated concerns about estate agent Hambros Countrywide’s intention to offer conveyancing services to customers through licensed conveyancers. Hambros has promised to have the system operating by April this year and an SPG council meeting in late December 1996 again expressed concern that the Law Society was not moving fast […]

Victoria ends self regulation by lawyers

Lawyers in the Australian state of Victoria face a raft of regulations this month that will end the regulatory powers of their professional bodies and make them disclose likely fees before taking on work. The measures, introduced by the state government, also scrap the distinction between barristers and solicitors, who will now be officially referred […]

Restrictions put on hold after pressure on China

China has delayed the implementation of a package of rules to prevent foreign firms from employing Chinese lawyers and legal assistants, following intense lobbying by the international community. The Chinese government was understood to be poised to announce the new rules just before Christmas when it was rumoured they would be taking effect as early […]

Borrie & Lowe – The Law of Contempt (3rd Edition, 1996) Butterworths £125

In the 12 years since the 2nd Edition of Borrie & Lowe was published, the law of contempt has become increasingly complex, with no fewer than nine cases concerned with contempt having proceeded to the House of Lords. The 3rd Edition deals comprehensively with these recent cases, including extensive analysis of the Spycatcher and Lonhro […]

Hammonds completes Rosyth dock privatisation

Hammond Suddards spent three years negotiating the £27m privatisation of the Rosyth Royal Dockyard with the Ministry of Defence, which is expected to complete by the end of February. Hammonds used a 12-strong team, mainly based in its Manchester office, and led by corporate partner William Downs, to advise the purchaser, Babcock International, on the […]

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