Investigatory Powers Bill officially passes into law, giving Britain the ‘most extreme spying powers ever seen’

The Independent The Bill received large opposition from petitions, but not within parliament Theresa May addresses the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) annual conference in London REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth Britain’s intelligence services have officially been given the “most extreme spying powers ever seen”. The Investigatory Powers Act has now been given royal assent, meaning that those…

Student Finance loans ‘illegal and unenforceable’, says top lawyer

The Independent Equity laws restated during the recent High Court Brexit case could provide hope for those being ‘exploited’ by ‘mis-sold’ student loans, argues Estelle Clarke Graduates in England rack up debts higher than anywhere else in the English speaking world Getty Government student loans are “illegal” and “unenforceable”, a top lawyer has said, arguing…

Doubts cast on Theresa May’s pledge to protect workers’ rights post-Brexit

Prime minister repeatedly attacked Labour for signing up to EU social chapter that includes part-time workers’ directive In a column for ConservativeHome in 2007, May cited Labour’s decision to sign up to the EU’s social chapter as a sign it had capitulated to trade union pressure. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Theresa May’s commitment to protect workers’…

‘Joint enterprise’ murder verdicts due following revelation that law has been ‘misinterpreted for 30 years’

The Independent The legal challenges follow a Supreme Court decision in February that the application of the law on joint enterprise, otherwise known as common enterprise, had taken ‘a wrong turn’ and been misinterpreted for 30 years Three of the country’s most senior judges are to give rulings in the first criminal “joint enterprise” cases…