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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.


Beach breach of duty

East Sussex County Council is being taken to the High Court by three local authorities in its area in a £1.3m claim over the cost of coastal protection work. Eastbourne Borough Council, Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council are claiming damages for alleged breach of a series of agreements which relate to coastal protection […]

Glasgow expansion

Increasing demand north of the border has led a commercial firm to expand its IT, intellectual property, law and Internet department. Glasgow-based commercial firm MacRoberts has recruited a recently-qualified solicitor for its Glasgow office and an associate solicitor for its Edinburgh office. Neither has been named. According to team member Elaine Kirkland, the current three-strong […]

In brief: LCD takes an interest in law centres

Geoff Hoon, parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s department, has made his first visit to a law centre since taking office. He spent two hours talking to staff at Chesterfield Law Centre. Darrell Alvey, chair of the centre’s management committee, said Hoon had appeared impressed with the work the centre did. “We hope that this […]

Eversheds absorbs Wilkinsons to form new Newcastle giant

Eversheds has officially announced the merger of its North East office with Newcastle firm Wilkinson Maughan. Under the merger, revealed in The Lawyer last week, the new firm is staffed by 47 partners – 23 from Eversheds and 24 from Wilkinsons – making it the biggest firm in the North East and putting it ahead […]

Inspectors to probe chambers training

CHAMBERS may be subjected to regular inspections to check up on how they are treating their pupils as part of an overhaul of the pupillage system designed to boost its credibility. A working party of The Bar Council and the Inns of Courts has released a consultation document which outlines a series of options for […]

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