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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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Linklaters to open offices in Italy and Spain

Linklaters & Paines is to open offices in Italy and Spain as part of what it calls a “stronger commitment to continental Europe”. Managing partner Terence Kyle is drawing up plans which he will present to partners before the end of the year. He was recently given the go-ahead by Linklaters’ management committee to pursue […]

In brief: Clients get advice from Law Soc leaflet

The Law Society has published a new leaflet – Working with Your Solicitor – which advises clients on how to get the best out of their relationship with a solicitor. The leaflet provides information on choosing a solicitor, preparing for a first meeting and dealing with costs. It includes a checklist for clients.

Pinsents lures Dibbs' commercial head to lead its national litigation

Pinsent Curtis has brought off a coup by poaching leading Manchester litigator Nigel Kissack from Dibb Lupton Alsop to be its national head of litigation. Kissack – who is currently negotiating his departure date – was Alsop Wilkinson’s Manchester managing partner until its merger with Dibb Lupton Broomhead in June last year. He then became […]

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Legal aid partner jailed for 'wicked' green form fraud

THE FORMER head of a Lancashire firm dubbed a “den of thieves” by a Crown Court judge has been jailed for 15 months for defrauding the Legal Aid Board (LAB) of more than £1m. Gary Grosberg, whose firm Grosberg & Co was closed down by the Law Society in 1994, was found guilty of conspiracy […]

Scots pull out all the stops at ABA conference

AN Aggressive drive by the Law Society of Scotland to sell Scotland as the gateway to Europe for US firms has seen it launch the largest promotional campaign of any foreign bar at the ABA conference in San Francisco. The society, led by president John Elliot, has teamed up with 10 Scottish firms to run […]

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