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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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The trainee debate

Your editorial, “A short-term view”, The Lawyer 21 March, is aptly titled but misconceived. It dismisses concerns about the exploitation of students, the representativeness of the profession and debt. Your short-term view is that by abolishing the minimum salary these problems will be solved. They will not. It is vital that some basic facts are […]

Portman Steps-Up

– The Portman Building Society has launched a fourth issue of its Step-Up Bond with a minimum investment of just £500. Gross rates of return increase from seven per cent in the first year to 10 per cent in year four. The launch of the bond follows the rec

Bar School set to lose monopoly on training

ASPIRING solicitors and barristers may be sitting side by side in the same lecture room in less then three years’ time, according to the consultation paper on the ending of the Bar School’s training monopoly. The paper goes on to acknowledge that the future of separate vocational courses for solicitors and barristers may be limited […]

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A&O beats City to nuclear work

ALLEN & Overy has won the job of advising the Government in its privatisation of the nuclear industry. The firm will act for the Department of Trade. It beat a shortlist of four City giants last week, including Slaughter and May, which advised the former Department of Energy in the electricity privatisation, and Herbert Smith. […]

Get in shape for tax reforms

The Revenue’s £25 million publicity campaign for the self-assessment tax regime is an important reminder for legal firms, says Cyril Dixon. THE MAN in the bowler hat has something to offer lawyers. The taxman caricature who fronts the Inland Revenue’s television advertising is bearing a self-assessment message which appears to have been missed thus far. […]

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