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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.


Tax team advises junior Bar

John Malpas reports BUSY junior barristers in danger of allowing their tax affairs to go “horribly wrong” are to be targeted by an Inland Revenue tax advice roadshow. The tax team, from the Bloomsbury Inland Revenue office, is visiting all the Inns of Court in turn before the end of the summer to advise barristers […]

CPS set for nationwide email system in efficiency drive

Pilot electronic mail (email) systems are to be introduced in the Hampshire and Suffolk Crown Prosecution Service offices this month. The initiative is part of a major project to co-ordinate IT throughout the criminal justice system. CPS IT manager Roger Barbour says the project is the first step toward a comprehensive CPS email service which […]

Community Care Practice and the Law

In an era of increasing multi-state transactions and consequential litigation, it is time to increase awareness of other legal systems and codes. The massive expansion of the international marketplace during the 1980s was epitomised by the rapid growth of a number of apparently powerful multi-national conglomerates. This was followed in the early 1990s by the […]

MEPs push for unity on home title

THE EUROPEAN Parliament has warned member state professions to find common ground over rights of establishment or face a ruling from on high. MEPs have recommended that the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) reaches an agreed position on the issue at its plenary session in Dresden next month. If […]

Lowe bows out with rebuke to critics

DEPARTING Solicitors Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe has defended her record with an upbeat forecast for the future of complaints handling. Lowe stood down from her post this week with the news that demand for inspections of solicitors’ accounts was falling and contributions to the compensation fund were likely to be lower next year. “The […]

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