John Terry Affair With Wayne Bridge Girlfriend Goes Public

John Terry Affair With Wayne Bridge Girlfriend Goes Public

The worst kept secret in English football is finally out: the national team captain, John Terry, 29, had an affair with French model Vanessa Perroncel, 28, the ex-girlfriend of former Chelsea teammate, neighbour, fellow England player, and supposed friend Wayne Bridge. On Friday, Mr. Terry lost a legal battle to keep details of the affair secret.  In lifting the week-old “super-injunction” – which prevented publication of stories about the relationship and the very existence of an injunction – High Court Justice…

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UK property market bounces back

UK property market bounces back

December data from the Land Registry shows an annual average house price increase for the first time since May 2008, indicating the UK property market is bouncing back after a torrid 18 months. Seven regions in England and Wales experienced increases in their average property values over the last 12 months.  The region with the highest annual price change was London with an increase of 6.1%.  The region with the most significant annual price fall was…

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Underage Drinking: New Powers To Tackle Alcohol-Related Crime

Underage Drinking: New Powers To Tackle Alcohol-Related Crime

New powers to tackle underage drinking, including making it easier for police to confiscate alcohol, move on groups of teenagers causing trouble and stop retailers selling to underage children came into effect this week. The powers were introduced through the Policing and Crime Act 2009 and include:

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Redundancies: Truly Terrible Week For Toyota, As 750 Jobs Go

Redundancies: Truly Terrible Week For Toyota, As 750 Jobs Go

A truly terrible week for Toyota culminated in the announcement of 750 redundancies at its plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire.  “[Last year] was a tough year for Toyota Manufacturing UK,” the carmaker said.  “The decision is related to production capacity and efficiency, not to production volumes.” The Burnaston plant manufactures Toyota’s Avensis and Auris models.  BBC News reports the redundancies will be voluntary and negotiated with the company’s workforce.  Toyota employs about 4,000 people in the UK.

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British National Party Have One Last Chance To “Get It Right”

British National Party Have One Last Chance To “Get It Right”

Last autumn, in the face of a legal challenge from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the British National Party agreed to amend its constitution to comply with the Race Relations Act. Yesterday, a judge at Central London County Court ruled the party’s new constitution illegal and gave the group one last chance to “get it right” before a final court hearing in March. The British National Party’s old constitution limited membership to “‘indigenous Caucasians’ and defined ‘ethnic groups’ emanating from…

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Constructive Dismissal: Worker Treated As ‘Sex Object’ Wins Case

Constructive Dismissal: Worker Treated As ‘Sex Object’ Wins Case

A former office worker at Cardiff-based chartered surveyors Ferrier Hart Thomas has won her case for sexual harassment, discrimination, and constructive dismissal before an employment tribunal in Wales. Lizzy Bibby, 26, of Lisvane, Cardiff, accused director Andrew Ferrier, 61, of offering to “kit her out” at an Ann Summers sex shop, smacking her bottom, grabbing her waist and showing her transsexual pornography (Express). She said: “I was being treated as a sex object and I found it…

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UK Tax Relief For Married Couples & Civil Partners

UK Tax Relief For Married Couples & Civil Partners

An excellent article appeared on the BBC News website this week, written by Robin Williamson of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group, addressing the misconception that the tax system does not recognise marriage. “There has been some debate in political circles about whether the tax system should reward marriage, or be neutral as between married and unmarried couples,” begins Mr. Williamson. He then proceeds to set out the “facts” about the UK tax and tax credits…

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Irish & UK Drivers Agreement To Keep Disqualified Off The Roads

Irish & UK Drivers Agreement To Keep Disqualified Off The Roads

British, Irish and Northern Ireland Ministers have agreed a groundbreaking agreement to keep drivers disqualified for serious motoring offences off the roads. As a result of the new law, UK drivers disqualified in Ireland will no longer escape punishment when they return home.  Similarly, disqualifications earned by Irish drivers while in the UK will be recognised and enforced when they return to Ireland. The new law is the first step towards implementation of the 1998 European…

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Family Court Proceedings ‘Too Complicated & Adversarial’

Family Court Proceedings ‘Too Complicated & Adversarial’

The Ministry of Justice has announced a wide-ranging review of family court proceedings and the current family justice system in England and Wales.  Justice Secretary Jack Straw wants an expert panel to examine reform proposals that better support children and parents through the divorce process.

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