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Road Traffic Accidents and Brain Injury: Will Drivers Licencing Restrictions Reduce Brain Injuries in the Under 25s?
Recently publicised in the press has been the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) research commissioned on behalf of the Department of Transport.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published a report on the progress made since the Portas Review, which looked at the future of high streets and town centres. The report includes information on the next steps that will be taken to strengthen local high streets.
The Portas Review, published in December 2011, recommended that \\\"Town Teams\\\" should manage high streets and make them more businesslike. In 2012, the government announced a total of 27 \\\"Portas Pilot\\\" towns, which included three London districts.
When a tenant goes into administration owing rent, the landlord joins the group of creditors hoping to recover all or at least some of the amount owed.
The position is different where rent falls due during any period that the administrator uses the premises for the benefit of the creditors. In that case the administrator must treat the rent as one of the expenses of the administration, which are paid out in priority to the holders of floating charges and the unsecured creditors of the company. There is still no guarantee of payment but at least the landlord goes up in the pecking order and will stand a better chance of being paid.
In October 2011 ownership and responsibility for private sewers and lateral drains were transferred to the sewerage companies.
DEFRA has now consulted on a proposal to transfer ownership of private water supply pipes to the water supply companies. Private water supply pipes are the service pipes that connect a property to the water mains, and private owners are currently responsible for their maintenance and repair.
A government consultation paper issued in March 2013 looks at the possibility of introducing ‘conservation covenants’ into English law.
A conservation covenant is a voluntary agreement between a landowner and responsible body (charity, public body or local/central Government) to do or not do something on their land for a conservation purpose. This might be, for example, an agreement to maintain woodland and allow public access to it, or to refrain from using certain pesticides on native vegetation. These agreements are long lasting and continue after the landowner has parted with the land, ensuring that its conservation value is protected for the public benefit.
On 1 July a number of changes were made to the procedure for challenging a planning permission:
1. The time limit for bringing judicial review proceedings to challenge the grant of a planning permission has been reduced from three months to six weeks. This is now consistent with the time limit for challenging a planning permission granted on appeal by the Secretary of State.
2. The time limit for applying for judicial review of a procurement decision is reduced from three months to 30 days.
The Growth and Infrastructure Bill 2013 received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013 and the majority of the Act was in force by 25 June 2013.
The Act inserts a provision that statement and map deposited with the Commons Registration Authority by the owner of the land to be registered as a town or village green, will end the 20 year ‘as of right’ period during which local people have been using the land for lawful sports and pastimes. For any subsequent application to be made the qualification period of 20 years would have to re-commence. This protects the landowners’ rights over the land, while permitting the use of it to remain for lawful sports and pastimes.
The symbolic blow to the government\'s cost-cutting policy is unlikely to derail the Ministry of Justice\'s latest proposals to reduce the legal aid bill by £220m annually by 2018 but may lead to further debates inside the coalition.
Homeowners take pride in the inside and outside of their properties: a fresh lick of paint, some lovely objets for side tables, a well-trimmed lawn. But how often do they think about what\'s above their house? Or indeed, what\'s below?
In law, you own everything up to the sky and down to the centre of the earth (should you want a super-super-basement) - so if you\'re sitting on a seam of something shiny, is it yours?
It is quite possible for the ownership of the sub-surface to land - sometimes referred to as ‘mines and minerals’ - to be separated from the ownership of the surface. One way is through manorial rights. These include rights to mines and minerals that were retained by the lord of the manor when the copyhold land was enfranchised (ie became freehold). Manorial rights are required to be protected by registration at Land Registry by midnight on 12 October 2013, otherwise a new owner who buys land after this date will take it free of these interests.
IBB Solicitors\' Professional Indemity Certificate for 2013/2014.
Solicitor Anna West looks at what options vulnerable adults have when seeking redress for government services that fail to deliver - or worse.
The recent row over charity chief executives' salaries was exposed by The Daily Telegraph last weekend and was accompanied by an interview with William Shawcross warning about excessive pay bringing the sector into disrepute. There are always exceptions – undeserving individuals who may be overpaid for the work they do – as there would be in any industry or sector. Generally however, the valiant men and women who lead the nation's largest charities are talented leaders and managers who would probably earn more money if they worked outside the charity sector.
The ‘nuclear option’ would be a bid to prevent any fallout from the affair from damaging Murdoch’s commercial interests in the US, according to Anil Rajani of IBB Law. He told The Telegraph: “News UK can’t be charged as a corporate entity if it doesn’t exist as a corporation. And if a company is in the process of being wound up, it also counts as a factor against prosecution.” It follows confirmation that the Metropolitan Police are now treating the company as a corporate suspect in its investigation, opening the possibility of corporate charges being brought against it.
The ‘nuclear option’ would be a bid to prevent any fallout from the affair from damaging Murdoch’s commercial interests in the US, according to Anil Rajani of IBB Law. He told The Telegraph: “News UK can’t be charged as a corporate entity if it doesn’t exist as a corporation. And if a company is in the process of being wound up, it also counts as a factor against prosecution.”
It follows confirmation that the Metropolitan Police are now treating the company as a corporate suspect in its investigation, opening the possibility of corporate charges being brought against it.
Anil Rajani, a white collar crime specialist at IBB Law, said: “News UK can’t be charged as a corporate entity if it doesn’t exist as a corporation. And if a company is in the process of being wound up, it also counts as a factor against prosecution.”