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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.


An advocate of training

I was interested to see the Focus article on advocacy training published in The Lawyer 13 August . The College of Law strongly agrees that advocacy can be taught. We have found trainees making the same faults as those listed in your article and we have seen others which Michael Bowes no doubt also will […]

Ready for change

Barristers practising in the field of family Law may be forgiven for thinking they have become insufficiently appreciated over the last year, wondering if the family Bar might go the way of the defended divorce. For over two decades, the family Bar has flourished. The scarcely justifiable clockwork routine work of undefendeds at £12.50 for […]

DPP:help kids in court

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Barbara Mills, has backed calls for national guidelines on the treatmentof children in court to be applied across the criminal justice system. At the launch last week of Children in Court, a report by Victim Support, Mills said there was a clear need for improvement in the way children giving […]

In brief: Timothy Lloyd QC moves up to High Court

The head of 11 Old Square Chambers, Timothy Lloyd QC, will take up his appointment as a High Court judge in the Chancery division next month. Lloyd was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1970 and became a bencher in 1994. He took silk in 1986 and is approved to sit as […]

New CBA directory planned

John Malpas reports PLANS to publish a directory of specialist criminal barristers have been unveiled by the Criminal Bar Association (CBA). The association, which has more than 2,000 members, hopes to publish its new directory at the beginning of next year. The directory will contain details of all the association’s members as well as sets […]

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