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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: Queen's part-time legal secretary courses

London-based Queen’s Business and Secretarial College is to begin offering part-time courses leading to its Legal Secretarial Certificates. Ollie Edwards, Queen’s marketing director, says: “The course is designed for secretaries who want to change direction and move into the legal field.” The college can be contacted on 0171 589 8583.

Make your mind up time

Anthony Greayer reminds solicitors that they should be deciding where they stand in relation to the Crest share system It is now time for solicitors’ firms to decide what they want to do about Crest. The only option that is not available is to ignore it. Crest offers private client practices the choice of either […]

EC sets deadline for home title rules

THE OFFICIAL text of the European Commission’s draft directive on rights for lawyers practising in other member states shows the commission hopes to put new rules in place by the end of 1996. However, legal commentators claim the date is too ambitious, and it is unlikely that establishment will be regulated for some time. The […]

Dinner ladies 'victims of discrimination'

NORTH Yorkshire County Council discriminated against three dinner ladies by refusing to pay them salaries on a par with male counterparts, the House of Lords ruled last week. The women, who won their appeal before Lords Slynn, Keith, Browne-Wilkinson, Nicholls and Steyn, were chosen by their union Unison as test cases for 1,300 colleagues who […]

Knights' recruit will grow Euro business

Knight & Sons, the Staffordshire-based practice has appointed international commercial law specialist Sebastian Price as an associate in its corporate and commercial department. Price’s appointment fits with the firm’s strategy to expand its legal business service portfolio across Europe and Russia. After qualifying in 1986 Price spent five years working with City law firms before […]

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