Warning on Buy to let

Cunliffe warns over buy-to-let exodusThe deputy governor of the Bank of England has warned that buy-to-let investors may crash the housing market by dumping properties as interest rates rise. Sir Jon Cunliffe said that falling house prices and higher rates “could cause a substantial number of buy-to-let landlords to seek to exit the market, put…

Will challenge

Charities fight 95-year-old’s son over willA 95-year-old woman has been accused of using a “suspicious” will to falsely secure a £1.6m inheritance from a lifelong friend. Hazel Turner, who has Alzheimer’s, is alleged to have been involved in the “extraordinary” witnessing of the 1999 will of Dorothy Whelen, who is said to have pledged to…

Misleading your auditor

SFO drops Olympus accounting fraud caseThe SFO has dropped its only case emanating from the $1.7bn accounting scandal at Olympus. It comes two years after the SFO charged the company with making false and misleading financial statements. The regulator was forced to give up its pursuit of Olympus after the Court of Appeal ruled in…

Human rights 

Lord Woolf defends Human Rights Act Lord Woolf, the former Lord Chief Justice, has highlighted the dangers of scrapping the Human Right Act, warning that courts would be forced to go back to square one if the law was swept away. He said European case law brings “clarity” on human rights issues, and that removing…

Immigration crisis in law

  backlog of immigration cases buildingLawyers have warned that a huge backlog of immigration cases is building up in the UK amid claims that the Home Office and MoJ are in dispute over who pays for tribunals. Lawyers representing appellants say the number of hearings at UK immigration and asylum tribunal centres has almost halved…

Fight over body

Brother and sister in ‘biblical’ fight over mothers body  A brother and sister have begun a High Court fight over possession of their mother’s “decaying” dead body because they are at odds over whether her funeral should be Jewish or Anglican. Mr Justice Arnold said that he would need to call upon the “judgment of Solomon”…

Pro Bono

Cuts to legal aid see demand for pro-bono rocket Cuts to legal aid and the introduction of court fees have led to a 55% increase in applications for free legal support over the past financial year, according to a report by LawWorks. The charity, which coordinates solicitors’ pro-bono clinics, said employment, housing and family law…

Tax Appeal

ENFORCEMENT: Taxpayer can appeal time-barred claim on reasonable excuse grounds      The Upper Tax Tribunal’s decision in the case Raftopoulou (2015 UKUT 0579 TCC) could open the way for taxpayers to appeal a wider range of HM Revenue & Customs’ decisions. The tribunal held that taxpayers can make a claim outside the usual time limits,…

Police sued

Police lose Taser caseJames McCarthy has won a case against Merseyside police after they Tasered him for 11 seconds leading to him suffering a cardiac arrest. Mr McCarthy called for a ban on stun guns after a court ruled he was the victim of excessive force. Sophie Khan, representing McCarthy, said: “This is the first…

Drugs decriminalised 

Ireland says drug users will no longer be criminalisedIreland’s drugs minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said users of substances including heroin, cocaine and cannabis would no longer be criminalised for their addictions. The shift towards decriminalisation will however see profiting from the sale or distribution of illegal drugs remain a crime. “I am firmly of…