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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.


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. […]

Insurer challenges court order

London insurance firm Crowley Colosso is waiting to hear whether its appeal against a High Court negligence finding has succeeded. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew tore through the Bahamas causing extensive damage to a US$16m leisure development by American Paul Tudor Jones II. When insurance claims were made, only Sun Alliance, the lead underwriter, agreed to […]

Insurers give Irvine grudging support

Lord Irvine has won a private assurance from the insurance industry that it will be able to underpin his legal aid reforms with affordable conditional fee insurance premiums. But despite the assurance, made at a meeting between the Lord Chancellor and leading insurers last week, many insurers still hold private reservations about Lord Irvine’s reforms […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Kenneth Ross

Kenneth Ross was born in Glasgow on 30 September 1958. He is head of the business law division at Bishop and Robertson Chalmers. What was your first job? Assistant on an archaeological dig. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £3,250 per annum. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a […]

Dundas elbows in on Garretts

The management of Arthur Andersens’ existing English law firm, Garretts, is to be shaken up in a bid to accommodate Edinburgh law firm Dundas & Wilson, which announced it was joining Andersens’ network last week. Dundas’ chairman Neil Cochran and managing partner Chris Campbell will both, once registered as foreign lawyers in England, become partners […]

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