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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.


Survey reveals extent of Aids legal work

A SURPRISINGLY large number of lawyers have experience of acting for clients with Aids and HIV, according to the preliminary findings of a nationwide survey of lawyers. Out of the 400 practitioners who have so far responded to EU-sponsored survey, 150 said they have acted for clients with HIV or Aids and many more said […]

A tough niche to carve

Open season has been declared on the greatest British institutions – the monarchy remains under fire, the House of Lords is firmly in New Labour’s sights and many barristers’ chambers are reinventing themselves to respond to the market. Chambers began hiring practice managers in the rush to become more business-like, but results have been mixed. […]

Sayer dream team

The Law Society election saga has taken a rather bizarre twist. Phillip Sycamore and Michael Mathews have invited Robert Sayer to join them on their slate. It is a breathtakingly audacious move and, indeed, a clever one. But what of Tony Girling, who is currently off on vacation? It seems the ides of March are […]

German firms merge to form big-league player

German firms Boesebeck Barz & Partners and Droste are to merge to form Boesebeck and Droste Killius & Triebel. It will be the fifth largest practice in Germany, with 75 partners and more than 150 lawyers. The new firm will have five national offices, as well as bases in Brussels, Warsaw, Zagreb and Alicante. Frankfurt-based […]

In brief: SFLA launches manifesto for law reform

The Solicitors Family Law Association has launched a campaign to put family law reform high on the political agenda in the run-up to the elections. A 10-point manifesto, Agenda For Change, was published by the SFLA in the House of Lords last week. The document is being sent to MPs, peers and prospective parliamentary candidates […]

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