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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.


Mergers, money and machiavellian plots

What a difference a year makes. Fat City fees, crisis at Chancery Lane, warnings that the Bar’s days are numbered and reform of the legal aid system. Chris Fogarty looks back on a legal year that packed plenty of punch. The 1997 legal year has been bound together by three threads – mergers, money and […]

HK judges named

Two English judges, Lord Hoffmann and Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, featured in a list of 33 judicial appointments announced by the Hong Kong government last week. Lord Hoffman and Lord Nicholls were appointed as non-permanent judges of the Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Their appointment follows an agreement in September by the Lord Chancellor, […]

LAB comes under fire for 'divide and rule' tactics

The group of criminal firms which is bypassing the Law Society to negotiate directly with the Legal Aid Board (LAB) has attacked the board’s “divide and rule” tactics over block contracts. Fisher Meredith partner Stephen Hewitt, one of four lawyers chosen by the firms last week to conduct negotiations with the LAB on the criminal […]

Intuition:a poor substitute for empirical evidence

There is too little economics in English commercial law, says Professor Roy Goode. He blames the narrowness of law courses and the short-termism of law makers Legal systems round the world vary significantly in their approach to the role of the courts and to judicial reasoning. In some jurisdictions the emphasis is on formal reasoning. […]

Lord Irvine:flying too close the sun?

The comparison Lord Irvine made last week between himself and Cardinal Wolsey caused many in the legal profession to cringe. Power crazed, some said. A rather severe case of egomania, said others. However, at a time when the legal profession is most concerned about the imminent privatisation of legal aid, most put it down to […]

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