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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.


Litigation Personal Injury 5/5/98

Chadfield v Chadfield – QBD 15 January 1998 Claimant: Timothy Chadfield, 39 Incident: Shooting accident Injuries: Claimant underwent an above-knee amputation after his brother accidentally shot him in the left knee while pigeon shooting. He has never got used to wearing his prosthesis and still takes powerful pain killers for phantom limb pains. He finds […]

Judgments go online via Smith Bernal Web site

A FREE Internet service with details of all Court of Appeal and Crown Court judgments has been launched by official court reporters Smith Bernal. Reports will be made available to the public on the same day that they are released by the judiciary via a service known as Casebase, which has been developed at a […]

1 Crown Office Row loses two senior tenants to rivals

Two senior tenants last week quit 1 Crown Office Row, the chambers of Richard Ferguson QC, bringing the number of departures at the criminal and civil set over the past year to five barristers and two senior clerks. Oscar Del Fabbro and Elroy Claxton left the 46-tenant set for rival chambers 23 Essex Street, while […]

OSS sends cases back to firms

In a bid to deal with its 30 per cent surge in complaints, the beleaguered Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS), has announced it will no longer consider any case unless it has first been through the firm’s in-house complaints procedure. The OSS, still counting the cost of last month’s flood damage, said research […]

SIF: our right to decide

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4395, e-mail, DX44700 Soho Square Although I completed and sent off my questionnaire, my personal preference as a sole practitioner is not reflected in any of the options apparently available to the profession. Whereas I believe that a mutual […]

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