The Observer reviews a book recording strange laws found in each US state. New York-based photographer Olivia Locher put the project together after hearing that it is illegal to have an ice-cream cone in your back pocket in Alabama. The book, called I Fought the Law, is “not a place to look for cut-and-dried facts,” says Ms Locher, “but hopefully it can open up people’s minds to larger issues.”

The Observer, The New Review, Page: 5

Posted 19/11/2017


Research by consumer watchdog Which? suggests two thirds of financial advisers could be misleading the public by listing false qualifications on the internet. Which? investigated the credentials of 43 businesses listed on and found 27 (63%) did not have any advisers with accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI), which they had claimed.

The Times

Posted 18/11/2017


The Times has launched a campaign to modernise family legislation and reform divorce laws. The ‘Family Matters’ campaign has the support of numerous legal grandees, including the former lord chancellor Lord Mackay and the former president of the High Court family division Baroness Butler-Sloss. The newspaper’s preferred reforms include: The abolition of the need during divorce proceedings to allege fault or blame; the end of the so-called “meal ticket” for life maintenance awards; and statutory backing for prenuptial contracts. Sources close to David Lidington have said the justice secretary is “open-minded” about a change in law and the government could tacitly support a private member’s bill. The campaign comes two weeks after a landmark report by the Nuffield Foundation, which condemned divorce laws for forcing couples to make false and exaggerated al legations of adultery or bad behaviour, causing bitterness and harming the mental health of children.

The Times, Page: 1-2 The Times, Page: 8-9 The Times, Page: 9 The Times, Page: 8-9 The Times, Page: 8-9 The Times, Page: 33

Posted 17/11/2017

Two thirds of British workers would prefer to start and end their working day earlier than the traditional 9am to 5pm, a new survey has found. YouGov said starting at 8am and finishing at 4pm was the most popular option, chosen by 25% of respondents. Another 13% said they would prefer to work 8.30am to 4.30pm, while 10% favoured 7am to 3pm.

BBC News The Daily Telegraph

Posted 14/11/2017

Laura Suter in the Telegraph looks at the rise of the post-nup, with lawyers reporting an increase in the number of married couples entering agreements on how assets will be split if they divorce. She says there are ongoing legal discussions about whether the law should be changed to make post-nup agreements legally binding, as the rise in the use of the agreements mean that they are now seriously considered by divorce courts. Ms Suter says the most popular reason for getting a post-nup is where one half of the couple unexpectedly comes into money and wants to protect it. Another key area where a post-nup may be sought is when parents help young couples get onto the property ladder, with the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ seeking to protect the gift to their child in the event of a separation by insisting on a formal agreement.

The Daily Telegraph

Posted 13/11/2017


The Times’ Helen Davies reflects on the part property plays in money laundering, with the National Crime Agency saying the London market is a particular target for those looking to invest the proceeds of international corruption. Ms Davies suggests some of the capital’s most expensive addresses will be linked to those named in the Paradise Papers and notes analysis of Land Registry data by Transparency International UK, Who Owns England? and Global Witness which shows 86,397 properties in England and Wales are owned by companies registered in offshore tax havens.

The Sunday Times, Home, Page: 4

Posted 12/11/2017


Lord Kerr, the author of Article 50, will say today that Theresa May is “misleading” the public over whether Brexit can be reversed. Speaking at an event hosted by Open Britain, he will say: “We are not required to withdraw just because May sent her letter. We can change our minds at any stage during the process.”

Bloomberg   The Independent, Page: 3   The Times, Page: 12

Posted 10/11/2017


Sasha Evans, a cyclist who spent six days in hospital after being hit by a taxi, has been sued for up to £5,000 for the damage caused to the vehicle’s windscreen.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 2 Evening Standard, Page: 7

Posted 09/11/2017


House prices across the UK are rising strongly and will continue to do so in the months ahead, according to the Halifax, which said in the year to October prices rose 4.5%, up from 4% in September and the fastest rise since February.

The Daily Telegraph, Business, Page: 3 The Times, Page: 43 The Independent, Page: 13 Independent i, Page: 38 The Guardian, Page: 30

Posted 08/11/2017


Over 40,000 people have signed a petition calling for a new law banning the public use of fireworks due to the “alarm, distress and anxiety” they cause to “many people and animals”.

The Independent, Page: 14

Posted 06/11/2017