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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.


From despair to where?

As UK universities churn out law graduates at a far greater rate than the profession can handle, many would-be lawyers ask whether the needs of students and trainees are adequately represented by the Law Society. Each year approximately 7,000 people graduate from the Legal Practice Course (LPC) while students face the dismal prospect of competing […]

Clerks foresee huge delays under LAB

HORRENDOUS delays would follow any move to deprive the courts of the power to administer criminal legal aid, according to the president of the Justices’ Clerks’ Society. Peter Dawson has told the society’s annual conference in Harrogate of the dangers of their losing the right to consider legal aid to the Legal Aid Board. Pointing […]

Mergers give birth to 'superfirms'

THE MERGER between Nabarro Nathanson and Turner Kenneth Brown has finally gone through, creating a commercial London-based firm of 128 partners and 370 other fee-earners and putting it at number 10 in The Lawyer Top 100. Nabarros brings 107 partners and 295 fee-earners and TKB contributes 21 partners and 75 fee-earners. The new firm, called […]

Fidelity targets firms

Fidelity Brokerage, part of the Fidelity Investments group, is targeting law firm investment departments with its expanded dealing and settlement services. It has introduced commission-sharing on dealing commissions and four grades of service levels for portfolio administration, including nominee accounts, annual composite tax voucher, money market account, with half-yearly or quarterly valuation and reporting.

Unusual Hearing Locations

The casebook of Kent-based sole practitioner Andrew McCooey reveals more than its fair share of unexpected names and unusual hearing locations. His clients include Myra Hindley, Nick Ingram, Tara Terry, Kenny Ritchie and Sally Croft, all of whom, except Hindley, have found themselves in trouble abroad. Court locations include the US, Greece and Belize. The […]

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