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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.


In brief: Govt initiative for a cleaner Internet

The Government has publicly called for the development of software to screen out offensive material on the Internet in response to advice from Internet specialists at Denton Hall. The Government instructed the firm to produce a study on behalf of the DTI’s Information Society Initiative earlier this year. A team led by partner Nicholas Higham […]

Time to remove the anti-IT culture

In 1990, I visited the Washington office of a law firm widely recognised to be one of the most advanced and committed users of IT in the US legal community. The director of IT talked a lot about the culture that had been engendered within the firm. Here was an atmosphere in which IT could […]


Implementing quality management is easy for local authorities that know about PMS, says William Newbold Quality management systems are becoming common in local government legal departments. Three of the driving forces are: v council-wide initiatives to introduce Investors in People (IIP) or ISO 9000 – or both – in which the legal department is expected […]

Four lawyers and a laptop

Four lawyers, four bits of kit and four opinions about why the laptop computer has changed legal practice in the Nineties I first used portable computers in 1982 and they were optimistically described by their manufacturers as “luggables”. Weighing in at over 13kg and needing an external power supply, they were a far cry from […]

In brief: Beedhams appoints City man as partner

Solihull firm Beedham Rowe has appointed an ex-Norton Rose man as a partner. Christopher Britton-Powell, a former international corporate finance lawyer at the City firm, joined from Leamington Spa firm Blythe Liggins earlier this summer.

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