Old News

Please see below for a selective summary of newsletters from February 2010 to Januaru 2020.  These give a useful idea of some of the areas in which we are able to offer help and advice to members.


February 2010Powers to stop up highways; i.e. to end public rights of way.
May 2010 Application of corporation tax to residents associations — “Ticketing” firms: display of notices.
September 2010Ban on private wheelclamping — Enquries from house purchasers — Street lighting — Networking
March 2011Litigation: the dangers of DIY — Using solicitors and counsel: going direct to a barrister.
August 2011Adoption of sewers — Planning and rights of way
February 2012Dealing with snow and ice — CCTV and automatic number plate recognition — Pot-hole repairs by Velocity Patching [based in the north of the country and still in business]
July 2012Estate rentcharges — the Fortune case and proof of an ancient highway
February 2013Whether the presence or absence of rights of way are material planning considerations — “Stranded” culs-de-sac: those (usually recent) which are subject to a public right of way but which are not accessible by means of a public right of way.
August 2013The case of Cusack v London Borough of Harrow [2013] UKSC 40 — human rights and the exercise of powers under the Highways Act 1980 — Chancel repairs and potential liability: the Aston Cantlow case, 2003 [UKHL] 37 — Proprietary estoppel and Joyce v Epsom and Ewell BC [2012] EWCA 1398.
May 2014Village greens and their use to prevent development — Injunctions and a new approach by the Supreme Court in Coventry v Lawrence [2014] UKSC 13.
December 2014Proof that a road is a highway: Finance Act 1911 records as evidence,.
Marsh 2016The Parking Eye case and “ticketing” operations — The hedge and ditch presumption revisited by the Court of Appeal in Parmar v Upton [2015] EWCA Civ 795 — Bona vacantia: defunct companies being brought back to life under s. 1012 of the Companies Act 2006.
February 2018The General Data Protection Regulation: introduction and implications
March 2019The VNUK case on off-road vehicles — Recreational use of land as an easement: Regency Villas Title Lt.d v Diamond Resorts (Europe) Ltd [2018] UKSC 57— Japanese knotweed and its effect on property values: Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams [2018] EWCA 1514
October 2019Transfer of the private roads insurance scheme to Edwards Insurance Brokers — Bona vacantia: disclaimers by the Government Legal Department now automatic — Obligations to fence land: their legal nature — Churston Golf Club Ltd v Haddock [2019] EWCA Civ 544.
January 2020Run-off from rainwater: liability — Scope of rights of way considered in Vance v Collerton [2019] EWCA 2866 — Parking and obstruction of rights of way.