Claire Beale and Martin Loat, the first heterosexual couple to enter into a civil partnership in the British Isles, have called on the Government to make the process available to all couples, regardless of sexuality.

The Guardian, Page: 17

Posted 21/10/2016


The ONS has reported that the UK’s unemployment rate remained at an 11-year low of 4.9% between June and August, with the number of people in employment rising by 106,000 from the previous quarter to a record high of 31.8m. Vacancies stood at 749,000 in the three months to September, only slightly down from 750,000 in the three months to August. The ONS also revealed that average wages were up 2.3% year-on-year, in line with expectations.

The Independent   Financial Times   Daily Mirror   Daily Mail, Page: 8   The Guardian, Page: 26   The Times, Page: 40

Posted 20/10/2016



A British government lawyer has said that the UK parliament will “very likely” have to ratify the country’s eventual agreement with the European Union when it leaves the bloc. “The government view at the moment is it is very likely that any such agreement will be subject to ratification,” James Eadie, who is representing the government, told the High Court in London. He was speaking on the third day of a legal challenge by campaigners who say parliament, and not ministers, should have the right to trigger Article 50 of the EU Lisbon Treaty. Separately, a group of senior Conservative MPs calling for a parliamentary vote on Brexit have highlighted a Government pledge made six years ago that all referendums are merely “advisory”.

Financial Times, Page: 1   The Times, Page: 12   Daily Mail, Page: 12    The Independent, Page: 1, 3   Daily Express, Page: 2   Evening Standard

Posted 19/10/2016



Rightmove’s latest house price index shows asking prices for houses are nearing an all-time high as confidence returns to the market. The average price of a home increased by 0.9% to £309,122 in October, recovering from falls in July and August. Prices rose in every region other than the northeast and southwest, with Greater London enjoying the biggest increase of 2.4%.

The Times

Posted 17/10/2016



The Sunday Telegraph highlights the difficulties that can arise when a family member dies without having made a will. As well as protracted financial wrangling, intestate estates can also cause irreparable rifts between family members. A study last year by found that 23% of us are waiting until later in life to make a will, and nearly a fifth did not think they needed to make one at all.  Many people still believe that long term relationships are recognised under common law and surviving partners will automatically inherit, but that is not the case.

The Sunday Telegraph, Stella, Page: 44-47

Posted 16/10/2016


Debt recovery agencies are facing a crackdown after claims that thousands of people are being refused mortgages as a result of legal rulings made when they were not present. More than 2,000 County Court Judgements are signed off daily, without the cases being defended or heard by a judge in open session, and the practice is said to have resulted in unaware families being crippled financially. The number of CCJs has risen by more than a third in three years – almost 900,000 were issued last year, and 85% were uncontested. The charges often result when people forget to inform utility companies or their bank promptly after a change of address. Now the Government has announced plans to end the abuse of CCJs. An MoJ spokesperson said: “It is a Government priority to ensure our legal system is not open to abuse. We… are currently working with the Business and Energy Department to see what more can be done to ensure debt recovery agencies have accurate contact details before pursuing a judgment.”

Sunday Express, Page: 2

Posted 16/10/2016

The Financial Conduct Authority says thousands of people in ill-health have been mis-sold pension annuities and will be compensated. An estimated 90,000 people were not told they could shop around or receive an enhanced annuity, according to the FCA. This led some customers to buy a standard annuity when they may have been eligible for an enhanced product that offered a better deal.

Financial Times, Page: 54   The Daily Telegraph, Page: 4   Independent i, Page: 57   Daily Mirror, Page: 52   The Sun, Page: 45

Posted 15/10/2016


MPs say medical negligence claims have cost the taxpayer £28bn because the Department of Health is going to court instead of accepting liability. The Public Accounts committee found that in some cases legal fees for medical negligence cases are three times higher than the compensation paid to patients, and that the department is not doing enough to prevent costly court battles. It called on the Treasury to “exert its authority” in order to cut the bill, which reached £28bn in liabilities in 2014-15. The Department of Health is set to publish a consultation aimed at capping high legal fees, with suggestions that a limit of around £100,000 per case brought in the courts could be set.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 12

Posted 14/10/2016



Three senior judges at the Royal Courts of Justice will today hear claims that the government cannot trigger Brexit without parliamentary approval. The legal dispute is over who has authority to notify Brussels formally that Britain is withdrawing under Article 50 – parliament or ministers.

The Guardian, Page: 10-11   The Herald, Page: 6

Posted 13/10/2016



Tens of thousands of Uber drivers in the UK could qualify for holiday and sick pay when an employment tribunal reconvenes in London today. In July this year, lawyers for 19 drivers contested their status as self-employed workers, arguing that the terms and conditions of their work with Uber meant that they were not technically self-employed. The drivers claim they should therefore be entitled to a range of benefits that they currently do not receive, such as pension contributions and holiday or sick pay.

The Guardian, Page: 21

Posted 121/10/2016