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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.


Mackay rejoices in blooming profession

THE LORD Chancellor has hit back at critics of working conditions in the legal world telling lawyers they are in a “healthy and expanding profession”. Speaking at the College of Law in London, Lord Mackay said: “Statistics continue to suggest that your choice of profession is by no means as unhealthy as detractors would have […]

Presidential runners line up for YSG hustings

THE YOUNG Solicitors’ Group has made its mark on the Law Society’s election campaign by calling a presidential hustings. The group’s national committee has invited candidates for the positions of president and vice-president of the solicitors’ profession to take the platform in order to answer questions posed on behalf of YSG members. Taking place at […]


J Sainsbury, advised by Denton Hall, has bought for £45m the three Cargo Club sites at Bristol, Croydon and Wednesbury from Nurdin & Peacock, advised by Travers Smith & Braithwaite.

New advice manager

Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice has appointed Teresa Fritz as its South East development manager. Fritz, who has previously worked in the life and pensions sector with Skandia, JRA, and Barclays Insurance Services, will be based at SIFA’s Epsom office.

The offshore issue

Ian Muirhead The rule of thumb for UK residents considering investing offshore, as opposed to investing overseas through UK collective investment vehicles, is the same as that for investing in investment bonds: don’t, except in a small number of specific situations. The reason for this caution in relation to investment bonds is that they are […]

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