A woman who was refused a divorce from her millionaire husband is taking her fight to the Supreme Court. Tini Owens 66, is arguing that she should not have to prove “unreasonable” behaviour to end her 37-year marriage to Hugh Owens, 78, which broke down after she had an affair several years ago. Judge Robin Tolson QC refused her petition last year, ruling that her husband’s constant berating about her infidelity was to be “expected in a marriage”.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 9   The Sun, Page: 7

Posted 15/08/2017


Campaigners are demanding that the national curriculum include a legal duty for left-handed pupils to receive specific teaching to meet their needs. They say a failure to address early years challenges, such as poor handwriting, leads to more serious problems.

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Posted 14/08/2017



The majority of Remain voters now agree that Britain should take control of its borders after Brexit, end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and pay little or nothing to leave the EU, according to a survey of more than 20,000 people by the London School of Economics and Oxford University. In a major boost to Brexiteers, 70% said they want a deal that would see Britain out of the single market with no ongoing payments made to the EU and an end to free movement. A similar percentage of people said they would prefer “no deal” to a “soft Brexit”. Report author Professor Sara Hobolt of the LSE said Remain voters were still more likely to back a hard Brexit. She said: “Leavers are united in strongly favouring a hard Brexit because they are more likely to oppose any deal that involves continued freedom of movement of people, jurisdiction of the ECJ, and a very large divorce settlement. The majority of Remainers favour a soft Brexit, but others favour aspects of a hard Brexit. Overall, this means that there is a higher level of support for outcomes that resemble the hard Brexit position put forward by the Government.”

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Posted 12/08/2017



Lawyers are warning that a new “DIY” divorce form which includes a dedicated section for a petitioner to name the person their partner committed adultery with could lead to many more people receiving documents telling them they have been accused of adultery. Laura Guillon, an associate at Hall Brown, said: “The idea is to try and make the process more user-friendly, because the court is inundated with people representing themselves. Without the benefit of advice, we could get more people naming co-respondents, because they don’t understand that they don’t have to.”

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Posted 11/08/2017

Stamp duty is making the housing crisis worse because it is deterring older homeowners from downsizing due to the high cost involved, a new report claims. The research by the London School of Economics and the VATT Institute for Economic Research found the rate of home moving would be 27% higher if the levy was scrapped. Prof Christian Hilber, who co-authored the report: “The key message of our paper is that stamp duty hampers mobility significantly.” Now ministers, peers and think-tanks are urging the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, to cut the duty. An anonymous Cabinet minister told the Telegraph the situation was now so acute it had “a big implication in terms of economic growth”. Former chancellor Lord Lawson added: “The present levels of stamp duty are clearly counterproductive, and need to be reduced.” Mark Littlewood, of the Institute for Economic Affairs, proposed the duty should be scrapped altogether.

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Posted 09/08/2017


Three judges have ruled that the DWP has been unlawfully stopping people going to tribunal to appeal against decisions to refuse them benefits. The Upper Tribunal found it was wrong for the DWP to refuse claimants the right to appeal if they took more than a month to ask for a review of the benefit decision. The DWP system was challenged by the Child Poverty Action Group and two claimants with serious mental health problems who were refused disability benefits and then failed to ask for an internal review within the one-month time limit.

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Posted 05/08/2017

The Times sets out some of the steps housebuyers should take when buying a new or second-hand property with a lease. Hema Anand, head of residential property at Bircham Dyson Bell, says buyers should always use their own solicitor, rather than one recommended by the developer, even if it costs more. Elsewhere, the Mail’s Angela Epstein says that although the government has promised to crack down on leasehold ‘scams’, new legislation will not take effect overnight, so buyers should be vigilant.

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Posted 04/08/2017


The Treasury raked in a record £4.84bn in death duties in the 2016/17 tax year, driven up by rising house prices, while the IHT threshold held at £325,000. The total tax free allowance will rise to £500,000 by 2020-21, at which point the threshold is due to be pegged to inflation and rising asset prices. Danny Cox, head of financial planning at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “There is a long time between now and 2020 for things to be changed. It is unreasonable for people to be taxed on indexed gains, it is just unfair.”

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Posted 29/07/2017




A woman has won a landmark appeal to be entitled to a bigger payout from her husband’s pension after their divorce. Lawyers say the Supreme Court ruling could overhaul the way pensions are divided between a divorcing couple. Annie McDonald argued that, although her ex-husband had only paid into the pension for a few months after they wed, she was entitled to a share of the entire pot as it was “matrimonial property”. The ruling now means instead of a pot £10,000 she will receive a share of £130,000.

The Herald, Page: 9

Posted 28/07/2017



The Ministry of Justice has said a refund process will soon be announced after an increase in applications for power of attorney meant thousands were overcharged. The MoJ is only supposed to charge enough to cover the cost of the service, the Mail reports, but the increase in applications generated an £89m surplus which must be repaid.

Daily Mail, Page: 37

Posted 26/07/2017