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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.


Commercial agency. Commission confusion continues

The most controversial provisions of the Commercial Agents Regulations are those concerning the payment of compensation or the giving of an indemnity to a terminated agent. This is understandable. The regulations represent a fundamental change in English agency law, and their poorly drafted provisions have left the courts groping for an accurate statement of the […]

In brief: Cardiff Law School joins premier league

Lecturers at Cardiff Law School are celebrating a grade five research award rating. The grade five rating, the highest possible, is two grades better than the last assessment the school received in 1993 and puts Cardiff in the same league as Cambridge and Oxford universities. The research assessment exercise takes place every four years and […]

Education in PFI projects

In the report entitled “Herbert Smith tops PFI projects league” (The Lawyer, 17 December 1996), you say that “education projects have yet to see the light of day”. In fact there is at least one completed PFI project in the higher education sector, the University of Greenwich’s Avery Hill Student Village. This project has been […]

Eyes of the world look to the coming year

As 1997 began, The Lawyer talked to top international lawyers about the year ahead and found they were hoping for a rewarding time, although they were also aware that there were challenges ahead. Geoffrey Howe, managing partner, at Clifford Chance said: “1997 will see increasing competition from major US firms in Europe and Asia. There […]

Woolf proposes shake-up of leave to appeal rules

PLANS to extend the requirement for litigants to apply for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal and cut back on the number of oral applications have been announced by Lord Woolf as part of his self-styled “blitz” on court delays. The judge outlines the proposals, including a pilot under which only one, rather […]

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