Jonah Specter has won £25,000 in damages in the first successful case for discrimination over disabled access to an entertainment venue involving autism. Mr Specter was refused entry to a ride at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park where asked for proof of his disability.

The Times, Page: 17

Posted 21/04/2018

The Telegraph explains how a couple could add almost £100,000 to their child or grandchild’s pension and reduce any potential IHT bill by utilising their annual gift allowance. Data published by Prudential said if a couple were to gift £3,000 each into their child’s pension every year for a decade, the amount added to the pension would be valued at £97,051, with a potential IHT saving of £24,000.

The Daily Telegraph

Posted 19/04/2018

 

February saw 50,000 mortgages handed to first-time buyers or home movers, according to figures from UK Finance. This marks the highest level for a February since 2007. There were 25,200 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in February 2018, up about 2.4% from the same month in 2017, and 35,400 new homeowner remortgages, an 11.3% increase on February last year. The month saw 24,800 home mover mortgages completed, the same as a year earlier. There were 5,200 buy-to-let house purchase mortgages completed in the month, 8.8% down on February 2017, while the 14,100 buy-to-let re-mortgages completed marks a 20.5% increase.

The Times Daily Mail I Daily Express City AM

Posted 18/04/2018

A university graduate has been jailed for seven and a half years for abusing her partner. Jordan Worth, 22, is believed to be the first woman convicted under new domestic abuse laws after scalding her boyfriend with boiling water, stabbing him and keeping food from him. She pleaded guilty to controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship, wounding with intent and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The Daily Telegraph, Page; 11 The Times, Page; 9 Daily Mail, Page: 23

Posted 17/04/2018

 

Car insurance prices have fallen for the first time in three years, a survey suggests, owing to a reaction to government policy. Reforms to the law on whiplash and a review into how compensation is paid for long-term injuries were thought to be behind the drop. The research, for comparison website Confused.com, suggests prices have dropped by 2%, or £13, in a year. Separate figures show the number of female car owners has risen by 21% since 2007, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. This compares with a 10% rise in the number of cars registered to men.

BBC News The Times, Page: 18

Posted 16/04/2018

 

 

The government has said that estate agents in England must hold a professional qualification and must also be more upfront about fees, including disclosing any commission they receive for referring clients to solicitors, surveyors and mortgage brokers.

The Sunday Times, Business and Money, Page: 12

Posted 15/04/2018

 

Legal costs for package holiday sickness cases will be fixed under new rules aimed at deterring false claims. Similar controls are in place for other personal injury claims, but they will now be extended to cases when holidaymakers seek compensation. The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) said the total cost of all claims was £240m in 2016 and the growth in cases risked raising holiday prices for all. Justice Minister Rory Stewart said those claiming compensation when they had not been being sick on holiday was fraud.

BBC News , Daily Mail, Page: 28, The Daily Telegraph, Page: 3, The Times, Page: 6 Daily Mirror

Posted 13/04/2018

A High Court Judge has backed an appeal by the Financial Director of TUI travel, William Waggott, to have maintenance payments to his wife cut following their divorce. Mr Waggott was ordered to pay wife Kim £9.76m and £175,000 in annual maintenance payments for the rest of her life. Mr Waggott appealed arguing the 2014 ruling meant his wife had “no financial incentive” to get back to work and stop living off him. Mrs Waggott, also a successful accountant, had demanded that payments increase by £23,000 a year. Lord Justice Moylan, at London’s Appeal Court, rejected this. He went on to order the original £175,000 payments to cease after three years. He added that Mrs Waggott will not suffer “undue hardship” and can get a job if she needs more money.

Daily Mail, Page: 35 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 11 The Times, Page: 15

Posted 12/04/2018

 

 

 

In its latest attempt to convince the Government to negotiate a soft Brexit, the CBI has said the economic benefits of diverging from EU rules and regulations will be “vastly outweighed” by the costs of Brexit. Carolyn Fairbairn, the CBI director general, said some areas would benefit from regulatory divergence after Brexit, such as defence and construction procurement, but the “opportunities are limited and are vastly outweighed by the costs” of increased trade friction.

The Daily Telegraph, Business, Page: 1

Posted 11/04/2018