A survey of 2,000 people in the UK by virtual private network price comparison site BestVPN.com has found that few people were aware of the Investigatory Powers Act, dubbed the ‘Snooper’s Charter’, that came into force on January 29. However, most respondents also expressed concerns about their sensitive information being viewed by the 48 governmental agencies empowered to do so by the act. Douglas Crawford, a digital privacy expert at BestVPN.com, commented: “That the government has worked hard to ensure the public is largely unaware of its existence, let alone its implications, is quite frankly criminal.”

Daily Mail

Posted 24 May 2017


The family of murdered schoolgirl Arsema Dawit have had their bid to sue the Metropolitan Police, for neglecting their warnings about her murderer, thrown out by Judge Charles Freeland QC at Central London county court. He told the family: “The police do not generally owe a duty to members of the public in the detection and prevention of crime. The general sense of public duty that motivates police officers is unlikely to be improved by the imposition of such liability on their duty to investigate crime”.

Evening Standard   The Sun, Page: 16

Posted 23/05/2017



Family lawyers say a steep increase in the number of divorcing couples representing themselves in court is causing a backlog of cases. Lyn Ayrton, from Lake Legal, said: “Following the removal of legal aid in most types of family law cases four years ago, self-representation has steadily increased in child related and financial cases, leading to many divorce courts grinding to a halt as a result.” However, a pilot online divorce service has seen favourable results, HM Courts and Tribunals Service has said, with judges and lawyers predicting advances in digital divorces will increase calls for the scrapping of fault-based grounds for divorce. Separately, the Mail details how separated parents are using children’s passports as bargaining chips often resulting in judges ordering former spouses to surrender their child’s travel documents. Cara Nuttall, a solicitor with JMW, said there was a sharp rise in such cases before Easter and she is expecting more ahead of half term and the summer holidays.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 9   The Sun, Page: 15   Daily Mail, Page: 15

Posted 22/05/2017


Researchers at the Marriage Foundation say they have demonstrated that the type of neighbourhood you live in affects your likelihood of being married. A marriage map drawn up by the group shows that nearly nine out of 10 parents from the top two socioeconomic groups are married in Britain’s most prosperous areas compared with rates of 25% in poor areas with fewer parents from the AB managerial and professional classes. Harry Benson, research director, said: “If our neighbours are married, we are more likely to be married ourselves. In richer areas, everyone across all social classes is more likely to be married, regardless of whether they are better or worse off.”

The Sunday Times, Page: 11

Posted 21/05/2017



A French lawyer, Julien Fouchet, is seeking to prove that the Brexit negotiations conducted by the EU are illegal and should be cancelled because hundreds of thousands of British citizens living on the continent were denied the vote in last year’s referendum. He said the decision to exclude some UK citizens from the vote was “an aberration” and that the case was a matter of human rights.

The Independent

Posted 20/05/2017


As expected, the Conservatives’ manifesto drops the 2015 pledge not to raise income tax or NI, but promises to raise the personal tax allowance to £12,500. Chas Roy-Chowdhury, head of taxation at the ACCA, predicts the Tories are now almost certain to resurrect their plan to increase NI contributions for the self-employed. The threshold for the 40p income tax rate will also be increased, to £50,000 by 2020. Corporation tax will fall to 17% by 2020, and a full review of business rates has been pledged.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 1   The Times   The Times, Page: 6-7   The Times, Page: 8   Financial Times, Page: 1   Daily Mail, Page: 1   Daily Express, Page: 4-5   The Guardian, Page: 1-2

Posted 19/05/2017




A man who won a £101m Euromillions jackpot does not have to “cough up” financial support for his son “whenever asked”, a court has ruled. Former factory worker Dave Dawes, 53, from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, and his wife Angela, 49, won the money in 2011. Central London County Court heard Mr Dawes’ son Michael, 32, was given £1.6m, but funds stopped after a row. He was seeking a ruling that his father and stepmother must financially support him for the rest of their lives. Judge Nigel Gerald said Michael “was provided with the funds to have a comfortable life” but instead behaved like a “profligate son” who expected his father to bail him out.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 11   The Times, Page: 19   Daily Mail, Page: 5   Daily Express, Page: 3   Evening Standard, Page: 5    The Guardian, Page: 15

Posted 19/05/2017


A cold-calling firm has been fined a record £400,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for making almost 100m nuisance calls. Keurboom Communications called people, sometimes at night, to see if they were eligible for road-accident or PPI compensation, the ICO said. It breached privacy laws by calling people without their consent.

BBC News   Independent i, Page: 12   The Guardian, Page: 11  

Posted 12/05/2017



Citizens Advice has claimed that hundreds of thousands of people are missing out on the 28 days’ paid holiday to which all full-time workers are entitled. The charity said that some employers mistakenly, and illegally, told staff that they were not entitled to any paid holidays because they were on zero-hours contracts or could only have fewer days than they were due. It also found some firms had made paid holiday conditional on meeting targets, and had refused requests for paid leave by citing “business needs.” The most common example was treating people as self-employed when they were in effect a full-time employee, which Citizens Advice said could affect up to 460,000 workers. The charity wants the government to redefine self-employment in law and for employment tribunal fees to be reduced to £50 from their present range of £390 to £1,200.

The Times, Page: 9

Posted 08/05/2017


The European Commission’s own lawyers have admitted that a £100bn Brexit bill is “legally impossible”. The Sunday Telegraph claims to have seen minutes of internal deliberations which warn against pursuing the UK for extra payments. The row over extra payments stems from a refusal by the EC to offset any final bill against the value of EU assets that are effectively part-owned by the UK. Meanwhile, leading barrister Martin Howe, QC, has advised the PM to call for an independent tribunal to examine the demands that Britain pays an £85bn Brexit bill.

The Sunday Telegraph, Page: 1-2   Sunday Express, Page: 8

Posted 07/05/2017