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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.


Justice without the veil of secrecy

Last week’s decision by Home Secretary Jack Straw that those entering the criminal justice system would have to disclose their membership of the freemasons in the future has caused the usual furore. It was hardly surprising that such a decision provoked outrage from many quarters of the legal profession. Judges in particular are incensed by […]

Bar Council warns of exodus over tax reforms

Government plans to change the way barristers pay tax will force many to quit the Bar and should be abandoned, according to the Bar Council’s response to the proposals. Dawn Primarolo, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, announced on 22 December last year that all professionals would pay tax on an earnings rather than a cash-received […]

Litigation Personal Injury 24/2/98

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report Barnes v Ministry of Defence QBD 8 December 1997 Claimant: Simon Barnes, 34 years Incident: Accident while serving member of armed forces Injuries: Claimant, a former Territorial Army paratrooper left wheelchair-bound after an assault course accident […]


In last week’s litigator’s view, we incorrectly stated that Judge Alton held Birmingham District Council liable following a swimming pool accident. In fact, the council involved was Wyre Forest District Council. Sarah Paneth has asked us to put the record straight and we are happy to do so. We apologise to Sarah Paneth and Birmingham […]

Tenancy rights for gay men

The Law Lords are being asked to hear an appeal centring on the tenancy succession rights of homosexuals. Last July the Court of Appeal upheld a 1996 Central London County Court ruling that Martin Fitzpatrick, who had lived in stable relationship with named tenant of flat in London W6 for nearly 20 years, was not […]

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