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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.



RBS drafts in Richard Susskind as firms put on standby for panel cull

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has turned to change theorist Richard Susskind for advice on its next panel process, which is expected to result in its adviser roster being  reduced for a second time.  The bank, which is majority owned by the taxpayer, has warned more than 20 firms that sit on its tier 1 […]


Clients shun disaggregation model but stick to quality, The Lawyer research finds

In-house lawyers are not buying the much-trumpeted disaggregated legal services firms are offering them, exclusive research by The Lawyer has found. Indeed, the awareness of new legal services delivery models remains low, with the vast majority of in-house lawyers having never, rarely or only occasionally been offered some form of disaggregated legal service. In contrast […]

No5 Chambers’ David Howker QC defends in Mansfield body-in-garden case

David Howker QC from No5 Chambers has defended in a case involving the discovery of a body in the garden of a Mansfield property. Susan and Christopher Edwards have been found guilty of the murder of Patricia and William Wycherley, Susan Edwards’ parents, after shooting them and burying them in their back garden in Mansfield […]


Professional indemnity insurance – A survival guide

Navigating the renewals maze for PII has only got harder. We provide a guide to the sector’s underwriters while brokers advise on the best line of action As hundreds of firms prepare to renew their insurance cover for the next year, so many will discover this is a market that has been subjected, once again, […]

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