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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.


Permitted development rights — office to residential conversion

The Government is introducing a new permitted development right to allow offices to be converted into flats without the need for planning permission. The measure is part of the Government’s Plan for Growth, announced in the 2011 Budget , and is billed as a means of delivering ‘badly needed homes’, helping to ‘create jobs in […]


Cobbetts’ path to administration

Manchester firm Cobbetts has confirmed its intention to appoint administrators and is actively seeking a buyer for its business. Here we look back at the events that led the firm from a merger-hungry North West leader in 2004 to a firm on the verge of collapse in 2013. December 2002 Cobbetts sought to overtake Manchester […]

Criminal liability for auditors – who’s next?

The Companies Bill recently passed in the Legislative Council renders auditors criminally liable if they knowingly or recklessly omit certain information from their reports. In this legal update we discuss this important new development and its intended and possibly unintended consequences. Click on the link above to download briefing.

Hot 100: James Saunders, Saunders Law

“It is not every job where you get the Prime Minister standing up and saying that what’s happened is an outrage,” says Saunders Law managing director James Saunders (scroll down for video interview), referring to the publication of the Hillsborough report on 12 September. The Sheffield-born criminal lawyer is representing the victims’ families and Saunders […]

The international jurisdiction of the Iraqi courts

On the onset, it is important to understand that jurisdiction is defined by local legislation to be “the set of rules that determine the competence of a state’s jurisdiction to look into cases inclusive to an international element. When it comes to setting the rules and principles of jurisdiction, each country holds the absolute discretion […]

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