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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.

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U-turn on courts privatisation

PARTS of the courts service threatened with privatisation will be more secure after a Government U-turn due to political pressure from unions and senior judges. New legislation, coming into effect only four months before the deadline for Next Steps Agency status for the court service, will block government attempts to market test and contract out […]

Time enough for new terms

The Lawyer, 3 January 1995, reports on the implementation of the EU Unfair Terms directive. Each Christmas the DTI springs a surprise on commercial lawyers when implementing EU directives. Last year it was major changes to the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations. The year before, the EU Software Directive was brought into force days after […]

Guy Harvey questions a ban on prisoner visits to lawyers' offices

“Must try harder” could be seen by many as the mid-term report on beleaguered Home Secretary Michael Howard. However, in the view of this solicitor he has recently tried a little too hard in one respect. Last November the Home Secretary issued the innocuous sounding ‘Instruction to Governors Number 70 of 94’ which said: “Prisoners […]

QC lifts lid on discrimination

EXAMPLES of unfair discrimination in the judicial appointments system are being considered by Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee. The committee will take evidence from individuals and groups representing women and ethnic minorities. Early evidence has come from Martin Bowley QC, a leading criminal barrister and immediate past treasurer of the Bar Council. Bowley, a campaigner […]

DoE predicts pension claim rush

REPORTS that 20,000 claims have been lodged with industrial tribunals by part-time workers seeking backdated pensions payments are likely to be a “conservative estimate” of the total, according to the Department of Employment. A DoE spokeswoman says official figures have not yet been compiled, but it is thought the rush on claims before the New […]

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