DNA test for baronet

Accountant could be baronet An accountant from High Wycombe could become the next baronet of Stichill if a DNA test proves he has aristocratic entitlement. The case revolves around the legality of the claim to the title by the 10th baronet, Sir Steuart Robert Pringle. His title is disputed between his son, Simon Robert Pringle,…

Right to die

Landmark decision by Court of Protection gives MS sufferer ‘right to die’A 68-year-old MS sufferer has been given the right to die after her daughter argued that her life had no dignity. The Court of Protection heard how the woman was “completely incapacitated” and had requested that doctors stop providing clinically assisted food and water.…

Small estates  Banks raise probate limits A number of banks have increased their probate limits allowing bereaved relatives to withdraw more from their loved one’s accounts. Lloyds Bank has raised its limit from £25,000 to £50,000 and Royal Bank of Scotland from £15,000 to £25,000. HSBC has removed its £20,000 limit altogether and will now…

Sexist boss 

Biotech boss guilty of sexismThe boss of pharmaceutical firm Immuno Biotech has been found guilty of sexual discrimination after notes on the CV of a women he hired were discovered. David Noakes had written “red lipstick, heels – good” on Lucia Pagliarone’s CV, whom he hired as a PA. Other applicants were dismissed as ugly,…

Arrests halted

 Bloody Sunday judicial review halts arrestsPolice in Northern Ireland have given a commitment not to arrest any more former soldiers over the Bloody Sunday killings until a legal bid to stop the murder investigation has been heard. A judicial review application by seven ex-soldiers who could face questioning is set to be heard next week.…

Targeted killing 

Targeted killings remain a legal grey areaThe suspected death of Mohammed Emwazi in a drone strike in Syria has reignited the debate over the legality of such killings. David Cameron has characterised earlier drone strike killings as acts of self-defence under article 51 of the UN charter, which guarantees “the inherent right of individual or…

Money laundering

$2trn of dirty money being laundered Research by Transparency International (TI) has found that $2trn (£1.3trn) of dirty money is still being laundered through the global financial system as a result of criminals being able to conceal their ownership of corporate entities. TI said only the UK had a very strong framework in place to…

Protecting gifts

  Parents demand pre-nup deals to protect gifts Growing numbers of parents are forcing their children to take out pre-nuptial agreements amid fears of losing out financially if the marriage ends in divorce. Solicitors have reported a surge in young couples signing such arrangements, which are often prompted by parents wanting to protect the money they…