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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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Any relief on the tax front?

Jonathan Hooley says it is imperative to understand the subtle differences between Jersey’s and Guernsey’s tax regimes. Jonathan Hooley is a partner at KPMG in the Channel Islands. On the surface Guernsey and Jersey operate very similar tax regimes. Both raise the majority of their revenue from income tax. Both tax income at 20 per […]

In brief: Home Secretary urges youth court speed-up

At a Home Office seminar last week, Home Secretary Jack Straw called on the 20 busiest youth court areas, including inner London, Nottingham and Cardiff, to head the Government’s youth justice overhaul by halving the time between arrest and sentence (currently five months) and by fast-tracking persistent young offenders.

Insolvency lawyers want company levy

Companies should pay contributions to a central fund to help pay lawyers’ fees in liquidations, according to a radical suggestion by the Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA). Professor David Milman and Rebecca Parry at Manchester University proposed the move, after conducting the first ever study commissioned by the ILA into the treatment of creditors in insolvencies. […]

CPS report on hold as Mills draws up response

PUBLICATION of the long-awaited Glidewell review into the Crown Prosecution Service has been put on hold to allow Director of Public Prosecutions Dame Barbara Mills QC to respond to the report’s findings. The Lawyer understands that the retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Iain Glidewell has conceded to a request by Mills and her senior […]

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