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The future of law… big businesses and alternative business structures

Solicitor’s regulation authority has granted licenses for alternative

Firms should offer four-day week

All employers should offer their staff the chance to work a four-day week, experts have suggested. And they claimed that gardening could be the surprising solution to many of the problems faced by the country right now, with firms urged to provide a green space for their workers to plant fruit and vegetables. Andrew Simms,

Gay couple win right to keep twins

An Indian woman who was carrying twins as a surrogate mother for two gay men left Britain without giving formal consent, a High Court has been told. In a potentially ground-breaking case at the High Court in London, Mr Justice Baker said he was asked to make a parental order without the consent of the

Divorce law needs to be clearer

Judges and couples should be told what they are aiming to achieve with any financial settlement after a divorce, the body that recommends law reform has said. The law in England and Wales is unclear and treats a family court judge like a bus driver who has been told how to drive and told that

Pensions ‘final and frightening

More people could be encouraged to invest in pension schemes if they were made more flexible and less “frightening”, and maybe even given a new name, according to the director-general of Saga. Dr Ros Altmann said that people associate the word “pension” with scandals and disappointments, and find most of the language used to explain

Prison release scheme ‘needs review’

A programme that allows the temporary release of long-term prisoners into communities should be extended, according to campaigners. The Prison Reform Trust claims that the scheme plays a pivotal role in reducing the amount of offenders who are reconvicted within a year of release and encourages responsibility. The report said that prisoners who are released

Squatters face prison sentences

Squatting has today become a criminal offence in England and Wales, with ministers declaring the move will help protect hard-working homeowners. So-called ‘squatters’ rights’ are to be scrapped, with persistent offenders facing the prospect of up to six months in prison, a £5,000 fine or both. Justice minister Crispin Blunt said the new law will

Britain to give aid to Syrian Opposition Groups… what will be the consequence?

Britain is to give humanitarian aid to the Free Syrian Army more than tripling its humanitarian and other non-lethal aid to international opposition and human rights groups. The government has argued that the Syrian population could not wait indefinitely for a diplomatic solution to the conflict. The £5m in aid will go to recipients inside

Fears on disabled worker pensions

The Government has been accused of “turning the screws” on disabled workers who, unions say, will receive worse pensions when their Remploy factories are shut and they transfer to private employers. Plans have been announced by the Government to shut 27 factories by the end of the year, with 18 due to close or be