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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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New Manchester Bar school calls in barristers as mentors

PRACTISING barristers in Manchester are to be invited to act as mentors to provide support and encouragement to students attending a new barristers’ training course in the city. The scheme is to be run by Manchester Metropolitan University Law School, which has won the bid to become the seventh provider of the Bar Vocational Course […]

In brief: Telecoms privacy variable, says report

The London office of US firm Sidley & Austin has completed a report for the European Commission on the national laws in the 18 member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) relating to the protection of privacy and personal data in the telecommunications sector. The report reveals that most countries have legislation in place […]

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 […]

Barristers' clerks and practice managers discuss closer ties

Senior barristers’ clerks and practice managers are in exploratory talks about how to set aside old suspicions and bring their two representative organisations closer together. Senior members of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) and Legal Practice Management Association (LPMA) chair Christine Kings, the practice manager at Doughty Street Chambers, have discussed how the two […]

Nacab head is appointed legal watchdog

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, has appointed Ann Abraham, chief executive of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (Nacab), as the new Legal Services Ombudsman. Abraham will take over the post, where she will oversee complaints against members of the legal profession, in September when present Ombudsman Michael Barnes stands down. […]

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