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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.


Debating the immunity of counsel

Two recent High Court hearings show that advocates can no longer be certain of immunity from lawsuits, writes Roger Pearson. The accountability of counsel has been under the gaze of the courts recently. With a steady rise in the number of solicitor advocates, it is a situation which is likely to be significant to both […]

In brief: Cardiff firm hires family law lecturer

Hugh James has hired Andrew Jerram, lecturer on family law at the Centre for Professional Studies at the University of Cardiff, to head the firm’s family department. Hugh James’ family department is one of the largest in the UK.

Raising the roof may bring the house down

The Lord Chancellor’s decision to increase the small claims limit from £3,000 to £5,000 may prevent access to housing law for those that need it most, argues Vicki Chapman. Vicki Chapman is head of policy at the Legal Action Group. Plans to raise the small claims limit from £3,000 to £5,000 may be good news […]

Medical negligence

In his viewpoint in The Lawyer, 24 February, Anthony Barton misses a fundamental reason for the lower success rate in legally aided medical negligence claims than in personal injury actions that being the particular complexity of these matters. They should only be handled by specialist lawyers but often are not. There exists a Law Society […]

Irvine's role stands against democracy

Suzon Forscey-Moore says the Lord Chancellor’s role is outdated and unsuitable. Instead, she advocates a system where “people test laws’ and “judge the judges’. Suzon Forscey-Moore is an organiser for The Campaign for A Fair Hearing. Our most powerful politician is not elected and is paid £50,000 more per annum than the Prime Minister. He […]

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