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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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Agriculture ace feels pull of home

Birmingham firm Shakespeares is looking to recruit a new head for its agricultural law unit following the departure of Nigel Davis. Davis, a leading agricultural lawyer and founder member of the AgriLaw group of specialist lawyers, left Shakespeares to join East Midlands firm Roythorne & Co at the start of this month. Andrew Argyle, managing […]

Law groups unite to defeat ad threat

The UK’s law societies have joined forces with the German Federal Bar in an attempt to scupper a European Commission directive which would allow comparative advertising between law firms. The groups, which share an office in Brussels, have enlisted the support of UK MEP Philip Whitehead to table an amendment in the European Parliament to […]

Call for law to stop building societies turning into banks

A former bank of England economist has called for new laws to prevent the UK’s few remaining building societies from being converted to banks. Rob Thomas, now a building society analyst for UBS, said the UK’s “treasured” mutually-owned building societies should be saved by laws to stop members enriching themselves on conversion to bank status. […]

In brief: Bankrupt Bryan owes Penningtons £10,000

John Bryan, former financial adviser to the Duchess of York, has been declared bankrupt, and owes £9,487 to City law firm Penningtons. A bankruptcy order issued at the High Court in London gave Bryan 21 days to detail bank accounts and other financial affairs to meet debts totalling £60,000.

Lincoln deal picked up by Eversheds

LINCOLNSHIRE County Council has hired lawyers from Eversheds to do the legal work for the privatisation of two of its departments. The Nottingham office of the national firm will handle the “externalisation” of Translinc and Lincway. Lincway, the council’s road and grounds maintenance and construction division, has an annual turnover of £17 million. Translinc, which […]

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