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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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Group pushes for relaxation of dogs Act

The Law Society has safeguarded its discretion over when to compensate victims of dishonest solicitors, following a successful appeal which it says “entirely vindicated” its policies. In December the Court of Appeal held the Law Society was not obliged to compensate mortgage lenders defrauded by dishonest solicitors when the losses were caused principally by inflated […]

Courts rise to the challenge

Although the legal system is frequently criticised for its slowness, when the necessity arises the courts do have a quick response mechanism. This has been illustrated recently by the unusual case in the High Court Family Division of an expectant mother whose chronic terror of needles stood in the way of her receiving potentially life […]

In brief: Managing partner for Birmingham office

Banking lawyer John Hughes has been appointed managing partner of Needham & James’ Birmingham office. Hughes joined the practice from rival Dibb Lupton Broomhead (now Dibb Lupton Alsop) in December 1995. He succeeds Keith James, who will continue to practise as a partner in the firm. Needham & James, which is based in Stratford upon […]

Insuring everybody's access to justice

The debate about legal aid rumbles on. Commitments are few, platitudes are plenty, but of solutions there are none. For those who have a continuing and sincere interest in access to justice, after stripping out all question of vested interests, the position is dire. Leaving aside, for one minute, those who do qualify for legal […]

QBD to pilot applications by video link

Lawyers throughout the country may be able to make applications to the Queen’s Bench by video conference if a pilot scheme is successful. Under a scheme designed to save expensive and time-consuming trips to court, lawyers on the Northern Circuit will soon be able to make applications to Queen’s Bench Masters by video conference. If […]

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