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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.


Human rights pay price of cost curbs

US lawyers believe that introducing a public defender system in Britain would be a mistake, writes Morag Preston. Nobody is surprised when the UK takes its lead from the US. British pubs, shops and television channels have all been revamped the US way. Now it is the turn of the British justice system. But some […]

Paternal rights gain further impetus

The favoured right of mothers to win possession of their children after divorce is no longer set in stone, writes Roger Pearson. Fathers battling for the right to care for their children following a marriage break-up have received a major boost from a senior divorce judge. For many years, the common judicial opinion was that […]

Liverpool merger creates biggest set in North West

The Liverpool bar is set for a shake-up with four sets involved in merger talks. Sources within chambers said that a formal decision has been taken to merge Martin’s Building and The Corn Exchange. This will create the largest set in the North West and one of the largest in the country, with nearly 70 […]

Martyn Gowar: Caretaker of a princess' estate

Philip Hoult talks to Martyn Gowar, the Lawrence Graham senior partner who found himself thrust into a media spotlight. While the media persists in referring to lawyers as “fat cats”, Martin Gowar, a solicitor they once vigorously pursued, is quite happy to label journalists as “intellectually lazy”. Gowar, the genial, sports-mad senior partner of City […]

Combating racism in the profession

It is time for the profession to be made accountable for any racism that exists among its members, argues Raj Joshi. Raj Joshi (a barrister with the CPS) will be a participant at The Letter and Spirit of the Law, an Anglo-US conference on race gate crimes at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Saturday […]

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