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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.


Cleaning up the profession

Reading the front page of last week’s The Lawyer, with what may be seen as five negative stories on one page – including headlines with words such as “fiasco”, “conman”, and reports of magistrates being forced to admit membership of the freemasons, as well as a barrister facing a disciplinary hearing – lawyers may be […]


Alison Laferla reports International firm Norton Rose has installed a multimedia presentation suite at its City head office. The suite seats over 100 people and includes a 2.5-metre screen, a link to the internal computer network and satellite TV reception. Chris Manners, head of marketing at Norton Rose, said: “We felt this was the sort […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Grahame Stowe

Grahame Stowe was born in Leeds on 22 May 1949. He is now a partner at Grahame Stowe Bateson in Leeds. What was your first job? Selling sandwiches in Park Square, Leeds – like Nell Gwynn – from a wicker basket. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? Qualified salary £2,600 per annum […]

Opra targets pension scheme errors

Even without the much-publicised but rare cases of pensions scheme fraud, mistakes are frequently made, including failure to comply with the ever-increasing legislation. The Goode Committee recommended that “every breach of duty should carry a sanction” and this has been carried through into the Pensions Act 1995. Indeed, there are now so many offences and […]

Departure of IP partners shrinks Conn & Co to four

Manchester law firm Philip Conn & Co has lost one of its top intellectual property partners to Alsop Wilkinson, the second IP partner to leave the firm recently. Graeme Orchison and Lee Brierley left after helping to establish the firm’s reputation as one of the leading IP practices outside London over the past few years. […]

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