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January 2013

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    Wind Turbine Disaster

    The news that a 115ft wind turbine constructed in Devon just 3 years ago at a cost of £250,000 has collapsed after being hit by heavy winds,

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    Holiday Lets May Amount To A Material Change Of Use

    A recent Court of Appeal decision has held that the use of a property for holiday letting may be materially different in character from use as a dwelling house.

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    Landlord's Liability For Injury Caused By Tenant's Alterations

    A recent High Court case, Hannon v Hillingdon Homes Limited (2012), has highlighted how important it is for landlords to regularly check their properties for defects and unauthorised alterations by tenants.

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    Fettes College Fails Scottish Charity Test

    The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has recently revealed that Fettes College has failed to meet the Scottish charity test. OSCR is prioritising the assessment of independent schools and three have failed this assessment, including Fettes College, which has the journalistic attraction of having been Tony Blair’s school. OSCR’s ruling was published on 11 January. The schools have been given 18 months to improve access or risk losing their charitable status.

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    Data Protection: Does It Apply To Charities?

    Charities are not as immune as some people think from data protection regulation. Data protection legislation requires that most organisations that hold or process personal data must notify the Information Commissioner’s Office. Failure to notify is a criminal offence. There is an exemption from this for charities, but it by no means applies to all charities: it is a relatively narrow exemption.

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    Cambridge Accelerates Growth

    A new £26m railway station is planned to open at the Cambridge Science Park in 2015 which will expand access to the national rail network without the need to travel to the centre of the City. This comes at a time when significant new residential schemes are underway in Cambridge, including the Northstowe development, the UK’s biggest new town since Milton Keynes and which will directly benefit from the new station in the North of Cambridge. The development of thousands of other new homes are either underway or in the pipe line on the edges of the City.

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    British Airways Employee Wins Religious Discrimination Case

    Nadia Eweida, a member of check in staff for British Airways (BA), has won a landmark legal battle over the right to wear a cross at work.