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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.

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Avalon Solicitors’ profit this year hit the headlines as much for how it was made as how much was made. But a Law Society investigation into its dealings will not alter the firm’s growth strategy Andrew Nulty, the senior partner of Warrington-based ’class action’ boutique Avalon Solicitors, shows no signs of regretting telling The Lawyer […]

£13M lawyer on assault rap

The UK’s richest solicitor last week appeared before a Merseyside magistrate charged with actual bodily harm of a policeman. Andrew Nulty, senior partner of Warrington-based Avalon Solicitors, who made £13m last year, appeared before St Helens Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday (29 August) charged with assaulting a police officer. The court confirmed that Nulty was charged […]

City elite launches new round of funding for university charity

A consortium of city firms have launched a £7m charitable trust to fund university lecturers in core legal practice areas after government cuts to the budgets of university law departments.The City Solicitors’ Educational Trust, a charitable trust f… A consortium of city firms have launched a new round of funding for their £7m charitable trust, […]

Pro bono work only begins at home

The Bar Pro Bono Unit celebrates its tenth birthday this year. I want to take the opportunity of this anniversary to propose two areas where pro bono ideas could be of great value to the public, both in the UK and overseas. First I would like to see law schools increase their engagement with pro […]

The poach approach

You can measure success in many ways, but for Pinsent Masons managing partner David Ryan there is a sure sign that his firm has turned the corner. Yes, Ryan jokes that the firm is becoming more successful because DLA Piper has apparently started trying to poach his partners. According to Ryan, “they never used to […]

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