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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.


In brief: Ilex urges psychiatric illness definitions

Parliament should decide on who is able to claim for psychiatric illness induced by shocking events like the Hillsborough disaster and not the courts, says the Institute of Legal Executives. In its response to the Law Commission’s consultation on liability for psychiatric illness, Ilex says the latest medical research into psychiatric illness should be used […]

Debate first, ballot later

Neil Addison argues the Bar Council should have gone straight to a ballot of the membership on the complaints issue. That would not have been the right thing to do because issues need airing in an open meeting before people should be asked to vote. In addition a section of the Bar wanted an extraordinary […]

Bar tackles property division

THE PROPERTY rights problems faced by unmarried cohabitants on the break-up of relationships have been highlighted by the Chancery Bar Association. At a workshop in Lincoln’s Inn, members of the association attacked the current law relating to homesharing. The session was organised by the group as its contribution to a review of the law being […]

The long road to Euro free trade

Last month there was a plenary meeting in Dresden of representatives from all the Bars and law societies of the European Economic Area – the member states of the EU, plus Norway and Iceland. The organisation bringing the legal professions of these countries together – the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European […]

Jurists conference

The British-German Jurists’ Association and sister organisation the Deutsch-Britische Juristenvereinigung will host a conference in Konstanz later this month. Topics under discussion by panellists, including solicitor Henry Clinton-Davis and Alexander Layton QC, will include public procurement, employment issues arising on business transfers and recent developments in trade mark law. For further information about the event, […]

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