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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.


Phil Shiner on a ground-breaking pollution judgment

Phil Shiner on a ground-breaking pollution judgment. Phil Shiner is head of Tyndallwoods’ planning and environmental department. The High Court gave judgment on 8 May 1998 in my clients’ three applications for judicial review concerning the incineration of hazardous waste in the cement and lime industry (R v Environment Agency (EA) ex parte Leam; R […]

In brief: Eversheds

The Eversheds scheme which won the Best Marketing Initiative in the 1998 The Lawyer/Hifal awards is the Employers Forum on European Union Social Policy (EFSP). The scheme was incorrectly named in the awards supplement which has been sent out with The Lawyer. The judges comments referred to another entry.

The Lawyer Inquiry: Declan Black

Declan Black was born in Dublin in 1967. He is a Senior Associate at Mason Hayes & Curran Solicitors in Dublin. What was your first job? Ice cream factory operative. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? IR£4,800. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Had a better lifestyle. […]

Is this the end – or will the Bar bounce back?

We have been expecting an announcement from the Lord Chancellor on rights of audience for many months. But the scale of last week’s consultation paper still took many lawyers by surprise. All solicitors will have full rights of audience on the first day of their admission onto the Roll. To exercise these rights solicitors will […]


Claim limit slated

THE Law Commission is set to abandon controversial plans to introduce a 30-year “long-stop limitation period” in personal injury cases after the proposal caused uproar among PI lawyers. The Law Commission’s head of common law, Professor Andrew Burrows, told The Lawyer last week it was “unlikely” the commission would go ahead with the plan, which […]

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