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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.

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Vicarious liability

Kari Hansen takes a look at dual vicarious liability in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Catholic Child Welfare Society case The Supreme Court handed down its unanimous judgment in the case of The Catholic Child Welfare Society (‘the Middlesbrough defendants’) and others v Various Claimants and The Institute of the Brothers of […]

Why Cameron has got it wrong on judicial review reform

It seems that David Cameron is a firm believer in the old adage that no government ever lost votes by attacking the legal profession. After LASPO’s cuts to legal aid provision, the coalition is now gunning for judicial reviews (JR). In a speech to the CBI on Monday outlining his proposed reforms, Cameron lamented that […]

Charles Kerrigan

Banks face conflict of interest

Banks are being short-changed when it comes to their interests by a system that favours lowest fees With financial institutions scaling back their legal panels in the news, attention is being turned to how the work will be done. Once law firms have a place on a bank panel there remains the question of the […]

Gideon Benaim

Independence day

Lord Justice Leveson should recommend a regulator that has teeth under a system that preserves freedom of expression, which will be no small task, says Gideon Benaim It is crystal clear to everyone, including the leaders of the three main political parties, that self-regulation hasn’t worked; so Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations should be for independent […]

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Johnsons Solicitors seals settlement in X Factor judge’s libel action

Irish firm Johnsons Solicitors has steered a settlement for X Factor judge Louis Walsh, who has accepted €500,000 (£404,000) in libel damages from Matheson client The Sun over false sex assault allegations published last year. The talent show judge and music manager sued the tabloid’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) in Ireland after The Sun […]

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