The Knotty Issue of Knotweed – Henderson Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in news, nuisance, railways, trees by sally

‘According to the Crop Protection Association one in ten cases of Knotweed infestation cost property owners more than £4,000, one in five cases see the value of the affected property fall and three in five cause property damage.’

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Henderson Chambers, 27th July 2018

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Court of Appeal Attempts to Cut Gordian Knot(weed) – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in news, nuisance, railways, trees by sally

‘Common law private nuisance cases involving the invasive non-native plant, Japanese knotweed (JK), received a considerable amount of attention in the county court in 2017 and 2018. In the joined cases of Williams v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (B20YX969) and Waistell v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd [2017] UK CC, Mr Recorder Grubb, sitting in Cardiff County Court, awarded damages to the claimants for loss of amenity on the basis that JK on the defendant’s land had diminished the value of the claimants’ land by reason of it rendering the claimants’ land less acceptable as security for mortgage lending, even in the event of the JK on the defendant’s land having been treated (see Article, Japanese knotweed nuisance in the light of Waistell and Smith v Line).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 6th August 2018

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Japanese Knotweed and Private Nuisance – Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams [2018] EWCA Civ 1514 – No. 5 Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2018 in news, nuisance, railways, trees by sally

‘Over the past few years there has been increasing awareness about the threat posed by Japanese knotweed and new measures have been introduced to combat its spread.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 16th July 2018

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Council defeats High Court challenge over development at historic railway yard – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in historic buildings, housing, local government, news, planning, railways by tracey

‘Historic England has failed in a challenge to Milton Keynes Council over its decision to allow a development on part of a historic railway yard.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st August 2018

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Advertising watchdog rules against Gatwick Express ’30 minutes to London’ claim – The Guardian

Posted August 1st, 2018 in advertising, news, railways by sally

‘The Gatwick Express rail service can no longer claim it can get passengers from the airport to London “in just 30 minutes” after the advertising watchdog found that more than a fifth of its services are delayed.’

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The Guardian, 1st August 2018

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Gordian Knot(weed) – Nearly Legal

Posted July 6th, 2018 in damages, injunctions, news, nuisance, railways, trees by tracey

‘Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams & Anor (2018) EWCA Civ 1514. Japanese knotweed nuisance cases – there are already many of these and (given the nature of the pestilential stuff) there will be more. In case you don’t know, Japanese knotweed is an invasive weed that is all but impossible to eradicate (and must be done by licensed organisations). It grows quickly through spreading underground rhizomes and can affect structures if growing within 7 metres of their foundations. It’s presence has to be disclosed on any sale of a property.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th July 2018

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Japanese knotweed nuisance in the light of Waistell and Smith v Line – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 20th, 2018 in damages, injunctions, news, nuisance, railways, trees by sally

‘Two recent County Court decisions have grappled with the issue of Japanese knotweed (JK) in the context of private nuisance claims between neighbouring landowners. The first was the judgment of Mr Recorder Grubb in Cardiff in respect of two separate actions with a common defendant: Williams v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd (B20YX969) and Waistell v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd (B34YJ849) (together Waistell). Still more recent was the judgment of HHJ Carr in Truro in Smith and another v Line (CTR00216) (Smith v Line), which was widely reported, albeit not entirely accurately, in the broadsheet and tabloid newspapers at the time of the hearing.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 11th May 2018

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Council to consider judicial review challenge over train timetable changes – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 13th, 2018 in judicial review, local government, news, railways by sally

‘St Albans City and District Council is to look at the possibility of a judicial review challenge over the introduction of a new timetable for the Thameslink train line.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th June 2018

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Nearly half of train operators misleading passengers over compensation rights – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 11th, 2018 in compensation, consumer protection, delay, news, railways by sally

‘Nearly half of train firms are misleading passengers over their right to claim compensation for extra costs caused by delays, a Which survey has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2018

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Slough inquest: No missed opportunities in rail deaths – BBC News

Posted May 17th, 2018 in inquests, mental health, news, railways, suicide, unlawful killing by tracey

‘A coroner has said there were “no missed opportunities” in the care of a mother who jumped in front of a train with her 10-year-old son.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2018

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Sexual offences on UK railways more than double in five years – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2018 in news, railways, sexual offences, statistics, transport by sally

‘The number of sexual offences reported on Britain’s railways has more than doubled over the past five years, according to police. Across Britain’s railways, including the tube, there were 2,382 offences in 2017, compared with 1,049 reported in 2013, British Transport Police (BTP) figures show.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2018

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Transport secretary wins injunction to stop HS2 protesters – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2018 in demonstrations, injunctions, news, public order, railways by sally

‘The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has been granted an injunction banning campaigners opposed to the construction of the HS2 line on an area of ancient woodland in west London from “unlawful protest” on the site.’

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The Guardian, 19th February 2018

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City worker suing train operator for £2m after losing both legs when he fell between train and platform – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2018 in health & safety, news, personal injuries, railways by tracey

‘A city IT worker is suing a train operator for nearly £2m in damages after losing both his legs when he fell between a train and a platform looking for his lost season ticket.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2018

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Compensation for Paralympian unable to use toilet on train – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in compensation, disabled persons, news, railways by sally

‘Paralympian athlete Anne Wafula Strike has won a financial settlement from CrossCountry trains after she was forced to wet herself on a rail journey because the accessible toilet was not working.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2017

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Teenagers convicted of homophobic hate crime – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three teenagers who pleaded guilty to attacking two passengers on a train because of their sexuality have today been jailed. The three male youths, two aged 16 and one aged 17, were each sentenced to six months in prison at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on 14 September, after admitting violent disorder and, in one case, possession of an offensive weapon.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th September 2017

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Single mother to be prosecuted for refusing to pay £85 fine for incorrect rail ticket – despite buying a fare costing exactly the same price – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 8th, 2017 in fines, news, prosecutions, railways by sally

‘A single mum is to be prosecuted for refusing to pay an £85 fine for an incorrect train ticket – despite buying a fare to the stop before hers which cost exactly the same.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th August 2017

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Crossrail worker death: Firms fined £1m for safety breaches – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2017 in construction industry, fines, health & safety, news, railways by tracey

‘Companies working for Crossrail have been fined £1m for three sets of failures, one of which led to the death of a construction worker.’

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BBC News, 28th July 2017

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Passenger who stuffed £10 into a Barrister’s mouth after being asked to stop pinching snacks from first class trolley found guilty of assault – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 24th, 2017 in assault, barristers, compensation, costs, fines, news, railways, sentencing by sally

‘A pensioner who forced a ten pound note into the mouth of a fellow rail passenger after helping himself to food and drink from a first class train compartment, has been found guilty of assault.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th July 2017

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Sexual offences on trains and tubes double in five years – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2017 in news, railways, sexual offences, statistics, transport by tracey

‘Reported sexual offences on trains have more than doubled in the past five years, according to statistics obtained by BBC Radio 5 live. British Transport Police figures show 1,448 offences were reported in 2016-17, up from 650 in 2012-2013.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2017

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‘Measures needed’ after Gatwick Express train window death – BBC News

Posted May 26th, 2017 in accidents, health & safety, news, railways by tracey

‘Train companies should do more to stop passengers leaning out of train windows following the death of a man in south London, investigators have said.’

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BBC News, 25th May 2017

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