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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.


LLOYD'S/TAX LAWS. The plain language of tax

The Inland Revenue’s plan to rewrite tax laws in plain English is taking shape. Ronald Downhill examines the issues Criticisms of tax legislation are increasing, and it is no coincidence that recent finance Acts have stretched to unprecedented lengths. As of last November, there were nearly 6,000 pages of Inland Revenue primary legislation – an […]

Quality standard bearer urges Bar Council to police compliance

Linda Tsang A CHAMBERS which has just been awarded an international quality standard has called on the Bar Council to boost the credibility of its own quality standards scheme by policing compliance to it. The Chambers of James Hunt QC believes it is the first set to have been awarded the ISO 9002 quality standard. […]

Clyde & Co strengthens Brazilian links

International law firm Clyde & Co has formed official links with Rio de Janeiro firm Prates & Carneiro to coincide with the return of its partner in Venezuela to the London office. Stirling Leech has been based in Brazil and Venezuela since 1990 and will continue to be responsible for the firm’s South and Central […]

Ernst & Young draws up legal head shortlist

Big six accountants Ernst & Young has drawn up a short list of top City lawyers to head its new legal practice and is likely to make an appointment next summer. The firm, which last week published its annual accounts for the first time, has been planning to set up a separate legal practice for […]

One Garden Court swells ranks as nine defect from 22 Old Buildings

Chris Fogarty One Garden Court has established one of the largest family law sets in the UK after the defection of nine specialist barristers from 22 Old Buildings. The move strengthens One Garden Court to 41 tenants and leaves 22 Old Buildings, a broad-based common law set, with 22 tenants. The nine are citing the […]

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