The Guardian’s Emine Saner looks at laws around divorce, citing Nigel Shepherd, head of family law at Mills & Reeve, who says: “We’re still working [in] a divorce system we’ve had for decades, which is why we’ve been pressing for many years for the introduction of a ‘no fault’ divorce system.”

The Guardian, G2, Page: 6

Posted 24/08/2016



The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has called for a legal ban on the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetic scrubs, gels and toothpastes. They say a ban is required as the beads pose a danger to marine life when washed down sinks, baths and showers and end up in the sea – and could also end up in the food chain.

Daily Mail, Page: 19

Posted 24/08/2016





New figures have revealed that 6,082 patients needed NHS treatment last year following a medical blunder in English hospitals. This compares with 2,193 ten years ago, according to NHS Digital, the health statistics unit. Campaigners have said that poor training and inadequate staffing levels explain the mistakes. The bill for compensation stood at £1.48bn last year, a 27% rise on 2014, accounts for the NHS Litigation Authority show.

Daily Mail, Page: 1, 6

Posted 23/08/2016


Annie Woodland, who suffered severe brain damage when she nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson 16 years ago, has been awarded £2m in compensation. Despite the swimming lessons being contracted out to a third party, the supreme court ruled that Essex County Council owed a “non-delegable duty of care,” with the high court concluding that the lifeguards and swimming teachers responsible for her supervision had breached their duty of care.

The Guardian, Page: 8   The Times, Page: 19

Posted 22/08/2016


The Telegraph’s Katie Morley says the Government’s Help to Buy Isa has been criticised after it emerged that first-time buyers are unable to use it for an initial deposit on their new home. This is due to the fact that a 25% government bonus on savings will not be paid out until the sale has completed. Ms Morley reports that the Treasury included the clause to prevent people benefiting from the bonus without actually buying a house. Danny Cox, head of financial planning at Hargreaves Lansdown, said the clause means: “Hundreds of thousands of Help to Buy Isa savers risk finding a last-minute hole in their finances.”

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 1

Posted 20/08/2016



The UK’s net wealth reached £8.8trn last year – with the average household worth £378,000, ONS data shows. The study found that the value of homes contributed to 62% of the total. Households and non-profit organisations saw their net worth reach £10.2trn, the equivalent of £378,000 per household, up from £367,000 the previous year. The increase was driven by a rise in property values, which increased by 7% in 2015 to add £355bn to the value locked up in Britain’s homes.

The Guardian   The Daily Telegraph    The Times, Page: 33

Posted 19/08/2016



Landlord Tilak Raj Sarna faces a £40,000 legal bill after 24 tenants were found crammed inside a squalid house in Wembley, north London. Seven families were discovered in the property which was damp and had no heating during a raid by Brent Council’s housing enforcement officers. Mr Sarna pleaded guilty to housing offences at Willesden Magistrates’ Court and was hit with fines totalling £33,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,420 and a £120 victim surcharge, leaving a total bill of £39,540.

Evening Standard

Posted 19/08/2016



A woman selling her wedding dress on eBay says she is selling it to fund her divorce, after her husband left her and moved in with another woman. Samantha Wragg, of Chesterfield, says she is “mainly selling as I need to pay for my divorce which my ex-husband has left me to foot the bill for”. The Art Couture dress has now attracted bids in excess of £13,000.

BBC News

Posted 18/08/2016


The ONS has said that the annual inflation rate as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose to 0.6% in July, up from 0.5% the previous month. Rising fuel prices, more expensive alcoholic drinks and hotel rooms helped to push the rate higher, the ONS said. The Retail Prices Index measure of inflation rose to 1.9% in July from 1.6% in June. Meanwhile, separate figures from the ONS suggested that the fall in the value of the pound since the UK’s referendum vote to leave the EU had increased the cost of imports for manufacturers. Input prices faced by manufacturers rose 4.3% in the year to July, compared with a fall of 0.5% in the year to June. In addition, the prices of goods leaving the factory gate were 0.3% higher than a year earlier, the first annual increase since June 2014.

BBC News     Financial Times     The Guardian, Page: 4   The Times

Posted 17/08/2016


Gillian Reynolds looks back at last week’s radio and congratulates Radio Four for its Raising the Bar with Rob Rinder, which she says turned out to be a practical and effective guide to divorce law.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 36

Posted 17/08/2016