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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.


County court block could cost millions

The vice-chancellor has blocked the progress of over 40,000 personal injury cases with a total value in the region of £80m. In allowing leave to appeal to the House of Lords in the case of Dimond v Lovell, Sir Richard Scott issued guidance that all cases of a similar type should be stayed until the […]

Shakespeares in merger talks with PI firm

Birmingham commercial firm Shakespeares is in merger talks with local practice Philip Baker & Co. Philip Baker specialises in representing personal injury claimants. A merger between the two would come as a surprise considering the increasing volatility in the PI market. Several firms are understood to have considered off-loading their PI departments as fears grow […]

Finers takes Stephens Innocent's name as merger ends speculation

Claire Smith reports on a union that has left one firm bemused after the merger counsel ran off with the bride. West End firm Finers and City media practice Stephens Innocent have merged to form Finers Stephen Innocent, as predicted in The Lawyer last week (1 November). The new firm, Finers Stephens Innocent, will begin […]

Legal Widow

The Lawyer has decided he’ll never become a millionaire by waiting for the goddess Equity to bless him with another 3000 chargeable hours and an assistant capable of working the photocopier, and so has started writing his novel. Every lawyer, of course, believes he has a novel in him, along with a terrific article for […]

City giants and niche firms blur the borders

The distinction between City firms and the EC3 London insurance litigation specialists is dissolving as the groups vie for each other’s work. Catrin Griffiths reports. If the insurance industry is suffering from overcapacity and soft rates, then so is the legal market. At the volume end, firms are being squeezed; at the high end, where […]

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