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Debt-Laden Musician Forced to Sell Precious Viola

In a stern warning to those tempted to put up their treasured possessions as security for loans, a classical musician who played on the soundtracks of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings films had to sell her beloved viola to at least partially pay off her creditors.

Kathryn Bassano was the proud owner of a viola made by master instrument maker Giovanni Ceruti in 1803, which was valued

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Court Pleads for Peace in Bowling Green Row

In an extreme example of a friendly society whose members ended up on anything but friendly terms, three of the country’s most senior judges have pleaded for an end to five years of bitter recrimination that drove a working men’s club to the brink of managerial paralysis.

The financially troubled Blakeborough Social & Sports Club, established under the Friendly Societies Act 1974 and based in West Yorkshire, had been riven

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Plucky Dementia Sufferer Allowed to Go Home

An 89-year-old ex-politician, whose extraordinary life embraced many of the moral and ideological battles of the 20 th Century before she was stricken by dementia, has triumphed in her landmark legal fight to return to her home of 60 years from the nursing home where she was being detained against her will.

Lifelong feminist and campaigner for women’s rights Manuela Sykes, whom the Court of Protection unusually allowed to be

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Pre-Nup Thumbs Up by Law Commission

When entering into a marriage or civil partnership, people may wish to ring-fence assets they have acquired previously, in order to prevent their inclusion in a divorce settlement should the relationship fail.

Whilst the current position is that pre-nuptial agreements are not, in essence, binding or legally enforceable in UK law, they have increasingly had more influence as the courts accept that they are indications of a couple’s intentions at

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