Footballer maintenance

Footballer gets child support bill halvedA professional footballer has won a High Court battle to have the £60,000-a-year child support he pays cut in half. Mr Justice Mostyn said that Deputy District Judge Jane Drew had made a mistake in calculating the figures when saying the unnamed player must pay £30,000 a year for each…

Fight for DNA Oligarch’s secret daughter wins DNA fight Anastasia Goncharova, who claims to be the secret daughter of oligarch Kakha Bendukidze, has been granted access to his remains after Mrs Justice Thirlwall at the High Court said she could carry out DNA testing to prove she is his daughter. Mr Bendukidze’s widow sought to…

Divorce on line

Divorces in Northern Ireland could be settled onlineThe way some divorces and low value compensation cases are dealt with in Northern Ireland could be set for radical change. In future they could be settled over the internet using an online disputes system similar to that used by eBay. Judges, barristers, solicitors and politicians are being…

Change in Ministerial code

Ex-attorney general questions code changeDominic Grieve, the former attorney general, says it is impossible to understand why the government has removed a passage from the ministerial code requiring members of the government to comply with international law. The code had referred to an “overarching duty on ministers to comply with the law including international law…

World Cup !

SFO investigates World Cup bidding The SFO is reviewing allegations of money laundering during the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups. Director David Green told the culture, media and sport select committee that investigators were trying to establish if the money transfer was made via London, which would bring it into…

Inquest appeal

Duggan appeal granted The family of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by a police marksman in Tottenham in 2011 led to riots, are to appeal against an inquest finding that he was “legally killed”. Lord Justice Sales, granting the appeal, said there was “an arguable case” that a jury in January had applied the wrong…

Call Centre fined 

Call centre fined £200,000 Help Direct UK has been fined £200,000 for sending thousands of spam texts that prompted almost 7,000 complaints in one month alone. Anne Jones from the Information Commissioner’s Office said: “This was a marketing campaign on a massive scale from a company who has already been warned by us to stop…