The FCA have stated that power of attorney should be granted online to make it easier to apply. The regulator said: “We would like to see the OPG and other authorities in the devolved administrations develop more customer-friendly approaches to setting up, registering, storing and understanding Lasting Power of Attorney”. However, lawyers have warned that the move would put older people at higher risk of fraud. A helpline for elderly people, Action on Elder Abuse, has found that each year more than 160,000 over 65s are victims of financial abuse.

The Telegraph    The Sun, Page: 9

Posted 22/09/2017

Writing in the Independent, Matthew Claxson, a partner at Moore Blatch, argues in favour of new laws to clarify the rights and obligations of cyclists and offer greater legal indemnities to those who are caught up in collisions whilst cycling in a designated lane. “A new Road Safety Bill that both addresses the deficiencies in the existing law, and recognises the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, would go a long way to making sure that the law is fit for the twenty-first century, not the nineteenth,” he concludes.

The Independent

Posted 20/09/2017

Former shareholders in Northern Rock have asked the prime minister to listen to their moral case for compensation. A delegation of investors visited 10 Downing Street yesterday to hand in a letter to Theresa May, setting out their claim that it is unfair that the government has received all of the proceeds from sales of Northern Rock’s assets.

The Guardian, Page: 27

Posted 15/09/2017

 

 

The Rics’ housing market survey for August shows a majority of surveyors (61%) expect more landlords to step away from the market, with changes to stamp duty and mortgage interest tax relief likely to deter investors.

The Daily Telegraph, Business, Page: 3   The Times, Page: 42

Posted 14/09/2017

 

 

Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, who made headlines when she painted her Kensington home in red and white candy stripes, has secured a Court of Appeal ruling saying she can demolish the £4.75m property and build a new one in its place. A planning inspector said her proposals would “result in a degree of enhancement to the character and appearance of the conservation area,” rejecting objections from neighbours.

The Times, Page: 3   Daily Mail   Evening Standard, Page: 5

Posted 12/09/2017

A British grandmother and her daughter have been detained by Spanish police on suspicion of masterminding a holiday sickness scam. Five other people are also said to have been detained. Their arrest comes amid a clampdown by authorities on sickness scams on Majorca. Separately, the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) is warning that proposed changes to civil law in Scotland could mean sickness compensation claims start migrating north of the Border.

The Times, Page: 19   The Daily Telegraph, Page: 7   Daily Mail, Page: 33    The Scotsman, Page: 17

Posted 07/09/2017

Labour MP Geraint Davies has presented a bill calling for a referendum on the final Brexit deal. He said: “There is growing momentum from across the political spectrum to challenge May’s vision of a hard Brexit, and the cross-party support for my Bill illustrates that.” He added that the British people “have the right to a final say on the exit package, or to stay in the EU if a deal fails to meet what people want and reasonably expect.”

Evening Standard   The Independent

Posted 07/09/2017

Illegal schools and disenfranchised communities are helping to create extremists, the national police counterterrorism co-ordinator has warned. Neil Basu, the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terror chief, commented: “Segregated, isolated communities, unregulated education and home schooling are a breeding ground for extremists and future terrorists”. Mr Basu added that radicalisation via social media continued to be a concern for safeguarding younger generations.

The Times, Page: 6   The Daily Telegraph   Daily Mail, Page: 1, 6, 14   Daily Mirror, Page: 13

Posted 05/09/2017

The owners of a house in Fenham, Newcastle are suing the previous owners after discovering a Facebook photo which proves a history of flooding at the property. The house was purchased from John and Margaret Corson who when filling out the TA6 Property Information Form declared the property had never been subject to flooding. Current owners Paul and Hazel Edwards, represented by BTMK of Southend, are seeking a rescission on the sale contract as well as damages.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 7

Posted 04/09/2017

 

David Davies, the executive director of the parliamentary advisory council for transport safety, has said laws governing the use of mobility scooters might need to be introduced to take account of the increased number of scooters, e-bikes and “non-conventional” vehicles using Britain’s roads. Government figures show mobility scooters were involved in 222 accidents in 2015, eight of which were fatal. It was up from 209 a year earlier, 156 in 2013 and 84 in 2012.

The Times, Page: 22

Posted 04/09/2017