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No breach of natural justice when planning inspector relied on matters not identified as main issues

A planning inspector was not in breach of the rules of natural justice or procedural fairness when she dismissed an appeal against a refusal of planning permission on grounds that had not previously been identified as 'main issues', the Court of Appeal has... 17 Apr 2014

UK considers giving businesses powers to take civil action against rivals' copycat packaging

Businesses could be granted with a "civil injunctive power" to prevent rivals copying the designs of their product packaging under plans being considered by the UK government. 17 Apr 2014

Higher value commercial court cases will not be brought into costs regime retrospectively, says rule committee

Higher value cases raised in the commercial court will not be brought into the civil court costs regime retrospectively when the regime is extended to catch claims worth up to £10 million next week, the Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC) has said. 17 Apr 2014

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