In brief: Injury and land reforms come into force

Law reforms affecting ownership of land and injury compensation will come into force by the end of the year, after receiving royal assent last week. The land law will simplify the way interests in a jointly-owned family home are held by abolishing the dual system of “trusts for sale” and “strict settlements”. The damages law reform ensures people who have suffered injuries get proper compensation when they bring claims against those responsible. The Government also published a draft Commonhold Bill last week proposing a new kind of property ownership which combines the freehold ownership and communal management of flats.