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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.


Litigation Writs 13/06/95

Former navy mechanic Ian Liddle who was severely injured in an accident last year is suing the Ministry of Defence. Liddle, of Portsmouth, lost one eye and suffered head injuries after being trapped and crushed by a lift while working on HMS Illustrious in January 1994. His writ says a lift above him was activated […]

All done for the common good

To blame the Law Society for not pre-empting the Government’s changes to legal aid and for not guiding the profession through the technological revolution which ultimately will reshape legal services is a waste of time and resources. It would be far better if the candidates in the presidential elections concentrated on bringing the various branches […]

Greenwich backs private prosecution

THE EVIDENCE against four teenagers accused in a private prosecution of murdering black teenager Stephen Lawrence is to be tested at an old-style committal hearing. Magistrates at Woolwich, south-east London, will begin hearing the case on 23 August. Proceedings are expected to last between five and seven days. News of the hearing came as the […]

Eire's Attorney General's office faces second political furore over delays

THE ATTORNEY General’s office in Eire is at the centre of a new political crisis that is almost a carbon copy of the one which brought down the government headed by Prime Minister Albert Reynolds just seven months ago. The only casualty so far has been the senior legal assistant in charge of the Attorney […]

Jonathan Leslie praises the trend towards judicial flexibility

Lord Woolf’s and Lord Taylor’s recent recommendations show that there is a new spirit abroad in the judiciary. Hopefully this will lead to improved practices and to the more interventionist role of trial judges recommended by the Heilbron Committee. Certainly, the judiciary has been willing to improve its procedures to give more direction to litigation. […]

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