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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. […]

Scottish conveyancing system for whom?

Leslie Dubow highlights some of the flaws of the Scottish conveyancing system that the Adam Smith Institute has recommended and offers some alternative solutions. Leslie Dubow is executive officer of the SPG. A report of the Adam Smith Institute on the house-selling process is said to recommend adopting the Scottish legal process whereby buyers and […]

Lawyers get help in handling aggression

Local government lawyers are to receive training on how to deal with difficult people following complaints by solicitors of widespread aggression against them by both the public and work colleagues. The courses are to be run by the Law Society Local Government Group (LGG) in response to the requests of more than 20 solicitors attending […]

Secret report calls for Sif carve-up

The troubled Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is to be scrapped in favour of six, separate, compulsory mutual funds covering specialist practice areas, under proposals to be unveiled by the Law Society next year. The Appleby Committee, headed by Law Society Council member John Appleby, has spent a year examining how to revamp SIF and will […]

Lloyd's scores victory over US Names in fraud battle

Lloyd’s of London, represented by US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, has won two significant victories in its battle with rebel US Names who are determined to sue the London re-insurance market for fraud in the US. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco – which previously had been the only […]

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