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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.


Property confusion

The Law Commission has published a draft bill designed to settle confusion surrounding the law relating to the execution of company deeds in property transactions. “The current law is complex and, in certain respects, uncertain,” said law commissioner Diana Faber.


Jonathan Solomon and John Challoner of Norton Rose advised City & St James on a #25m, multi-property deal with Legal & General, advised by Lawrence Graham.

OSS fails to reach new target

As complaints against solicitors continue to rise, the beleaguered Office for Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) has released figures showing that it is falling dismally short of its own performance targets. Earlier this year the OSS introduced a new streamlined procedure and aimed to have 90 per cent of new complaints dealt with inside three months. […]

Will county court bailiffs fail to collect?

With limited enforcement options and a lack of resources, county court bailiffs can only look forward to increased pressures as recession looms, writes Philip Evans. Philip Evans is secretary to the Certificated Bailiffs Association of England and Wales. Debt recovery is always a sensitive subject, but with a global economic downturn on the horizon and […]

New software head

John Burrill, MD of the legal software suppliers Linetime, has been appointed chairman of the Legal Software Suppliers Association, which has 17 members. He takes over from Tony Landes, managing director of Quill Systems.

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