Patents, Trade Marks and Designs: Unjustified Threats

Project status: Complete

The Act The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and came into force on 1 October 2017.  The Act inserts new threats provisions into the main Acts and Regulations for patents, trade marks and designs. The new Act creates a framework within which parties can negotiate fairly over … Read more >

Pension Funds and Social Investment

Project status: Complete

Workplace pensions are changing rapidly. Traditional defined benefit (DB) schemes are being replaced with defined contribution (DC) schemes, where each member’s income in retirement depends on how their contributions are invested. Furthermore, employees are no longer required to make a positive choice to join a workplace pension to save towards retirement. Instead, employees are automatically … Read more >

Perpetuities and Accumulations

Project status: Complete

The rule against perpetuities and the rule against excessive accumulations are two distinct but related legal rules which are used mostly in relation to trusts and wills. Both rules seek to address the broad question of the extent to which one generation should be able to dictate the future use and ownership of property, and restrict … Read more >

Planning Law in Wales

Project status: Consultation

Cyfraith Cynllunio yng Nghymru Planning law in Wales is unnecessarily complicated and, in places, difficult to understand. Planning legislation has not been consolidated since the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and has, ever since, been supplemented by a succession of piecemeal changes. The increasing divergence between the law in England and Wales has made … Read more >

Poor Relief

In our consultation paper we propose the repeal of 57 obsolete Acts relating to the poor law relief arrangements that existed before the advent of the modern welfare state.  Indeed most of them are relics of the parish-based system that existed before 1834.  The earliest of them date back to 1697 during the reign of … Read more >

Post-legislative Scrutiny

Project status: Complete

On 20 March 2008 the Government announced its acceptance of the proposals in our report on post-legislative scrutiny. As the body charged with keeping all the law under review we are concerned both at the volume of legislation that is passed by Parliament and whether it accurately gives effect to the underlying policy aims. We … Read more >