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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.


Fountain takes jump into marketing

John Malpas reports A BACKROOM shake-up at the largest UK set has created a new post with the dreaded term “marketing” in its title. But for the newly-appointed director of marketing at Five Fountain Court, the term has been one which barristers have been afraid to use for too long. The huge Birmingham set, which […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Damian Wells

What was your first job? Drawing white lines around corpses at the scenes of crimes. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? Salary? You mean I can get paid for this? What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Midfield dynamo for Brazil, nationality notwithstanding. Which law could you live […]


DJ Freeman advised Hill Samuel Property Unit Trust in a forward-funding agreement with Swan Hill developments

Hard copy has edge over software

An electronic version of the The Supreme Court Practice 1995 otherwise known as the White Book is likely to provoke the interest of any computer-literate litigation lawyer and on the face of it the facilities provided by the digital edition are impressive. Its many features allow the user to search for any word or words […]

Garretts takes Arista

Helen Sage reports City firm Garrett & Co has placed a six-figure sum software order with Axxia Systems for its practice management system Arista. The firm, which recently celebrated its second anniversary, opted for the system after investigating a total of eight solutions. Partner Keith Barnett said: “Whatever system we chose had to guarantee accurate […]

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