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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.


A legal future of doom or boom

It is easy to look back and comment on the past 10 years of recruiting in the legal market but it is far more exciting to gaze into the crystal ball and view the future. This is especially so at the moment, because in my 15 years of experience in the legal profession – four […]

Playing the devil's advocate on CPE

Mr Justice Lightman’s speech to the Chancery Bar Association earlier this month has certainly stirred up something of a hornet’s nest. His comments on the education of young barristers in particular have provoked fury among those many lawyers who have trained via the Common Professional Examination route. Judge Lightman asks how such an education could […]


Non-practising barristers call for end to advocacy ban

Non-practising barristers last Saturday called on the Bar Council to reverse a “farcical” rule change which bans them from acting as advocates. The alteration to paragraph 212 of the Bar’s code of conduct came into effect on 1 June and removes rights of audience from any barrister not in independent practice or working in-house. The […]

In brief: Priority to be given to partnerships Bill

The leader of the House of Commons, Ann Taylor MP, has announced that a new bill on limited liability partnerships is to be given priority. The draft bill will also be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny by select committee and consultation with outside organisations.

Law centres rap Govt plans for funding community legal service

New Labour’s plan to use savings from legal aid for its much-heralded nationwide community legal service has been attacked by the law centres bidding to be at the core of the new service. Delivering a speech at the Law Centres Federation (LCF) annual reception for MPs at the House of Commons last week, LCF chairman […]

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