A report by the OBR shows stamp duty land tax receipts for the past year were £0.9bn lower than forecast, with the shortfall reflecting Brexit-related weakness in the commercial sector. Elsewhere, the Standard’s Sara Yates suggests the stamp duty system could be reformed so it is the seller who pays it, not the buyer.

Daily Mirror, Page: 2

Posted 12/10/2017


NHS worker Meeta Patel, who suffered a fractured lower spine after a colleague moved her chair away in a prank, is suing hospital bosses for £58,000 in compensation. Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust denies liability for the accident insisting the prankster’s motives were not part of his job.

Evening Standard, Page: 14   The Daily Telegraph, Page: 11

Posted 11/10/2017


Catherine Barnard, professor of EU law at Cambridge, outlines how Article 50 and European Council guidelines have forced a negotiating framework on to the UK. The EU’s adherence to these structures is why Theresa May attempted to go over the head of the European Commission and appeal directly to leaders of the EU member states in her Florence speech. She knows the Commission will only negotiate within the guidelines member states give it, so she asked them to give it a new mandate. The question, Barnard says, is whether the EU will be willing to play ball. Meanwhile, Theresa May has refused to deny the government received legal advice that Brexit can be stopped if MPs vote against any exit deal she secures.

The Daily Telegraph The Independent, Page: 5 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 4

Posted 10/10/2017


Wealthy individuals are set to overtake farmers as the primary purchasers of agricultural land as stamp duty rules continue to attract investors and lifestyle buyers. Strutt and Parker said farmers were outnumbered more than two to one in the southeast. Country homes with land have stamp duty capped at 5% compared with up to 12% for a mansion without a farm.

The Times, Page: 22

Posted 06/10/2017


The role of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is to be reviewed, amid claims that hundreds of child abuse victims are being denied payouts. The CICA pays more than £140m in compensation to blameless victims of crime each year, but the scheme has come in for criticism after it emerged that some people who were sexually abused in childhood were not eligible for payouts because officials claimed they had consented to the crime.  Separately, the godson of Sir Edward Heath has called for an official inquiry into police handling of child sexual abuse allegations against the former prime minister.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 2 The Times, Page: 21 Daily Mail, Page: 20 Daily Mirror, Page: 2 The Guardian, Page: 10

Posted 02/10/2017




Michael Gove is drawing up plans for tougher sentences for animal cruelty offences. The Environment Secretary wants the maximum prison term of six months – one of the lowest in Europe – to be increased to five years.

Daily Mail, Page: 1

Posted 30/09/2017


Sheffield City Council has accumulated £250,000 in legal expenses defending its controversial tree felling operations. A council spokesman said it took a pragmatic approach and had sought the best possible deal, but campaigners said the cost to taxpayers in the city could have been avoided.

BBC News The Guardian, Page: 25

Posted 29/09/2017


Stamp duty has been identified by the Building Societies Association’s Property Tracker as one of the main reasons deterring people from moving up the housing ladder. The study reveals that 38% of those who aspire to relocate are concerned about stamp duty.

The Times, Bricks and Mortar, Page: 4

Posted 29/09/2017


The number of civil partnerships has risen for the first time since the law allowing for same-sex marriages came into force three years ago. Some feel that the new rise may place more pressure on ministers to allow heterosexual couples to also enter into a civil partnership.

The Times, Page: 23

Posted 27/09/2017


The Law Society of Scotland has warned that Brexit could result in delays in patients getting new medicines due to the relocation of the European Medicines Agency, while the UK’s plans to leave Euratom may harm the supply of the medical radioisotopes required for radiotherapy. A paper published by The Law Society states: “There is a serious concern that the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer will be greatly affected by leaving the Euratom.” It is therefore “vitally important that Brexit negotiators ensure that the access and availability of nuclear health materials is safeguarded.”

The Scotsman

Posted 26/09/2017