Royal Marsden Hospital fraudsters are sentenced

Stacey Tipler, 32, has been jailed for four years for her integral part in defrauding £640,000 from the world-renowned Royal Marsden in Kensington and Chelsea. Tipler was convicted at Southwark Crown Court of using her role in the Royal Marsden accounts department to access and alter computerised payment systems meant...

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Top Five Fringe Festival Recommendations

As the Edinburgh Festival enters its last week the sun is making its first appearance and crowds of curious punters are gathering. But after you’ve indulged in a pizza slice and a pint how should you decide between the thousands of shows on offer? The Pleasance Courtyard is a great...

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Fears for Chelsea Care Home Future after Legionnaires’ Bug Discovery

Vulnerable residents of Chelsea’s only local authority nursing home are being forced to move out following the detection of Legionella in the water system; sparking fears that another precious Borough amenity will be axed. Thamesbrook, a care home in Dovehouse Street, is in a premium property location. Relatives have expressed...

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New York

New York

As New Yorkers turn to summer play in the Hamptons, the mood in the markets is decidedly less relaxed. Souring the outlook are debt crises across Europe, from Greece to Ireland, as well as a U.S. unemployment rate stuck at  9%. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is fighting with Congress over...

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Online or On Hand: 21st Century conveyancing

Online or On Hand: 21st Century conveyancing

The listing of on-line conveyancing service ‘In-Deed Online’ on the AIM market in June heralded the coming of age of on-line conveyancing (www.in-deed.net). In-Deed was founded by founder of RightMove, Harry Hill, and Peter Gordon, former partner at private equity group 3i. The quote from Phil Spencer (of TV property...

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Can hospitality cause hostility?

Can hospitality cause hostility?

We all accept that an offer of a hot or cold drink is a welcoming gesture in the home.  Extending such hospitality in a business setting is very much the convention but the standard that is set varies enormously from organisation to organisation. I have been offered supermarket freeze dried...

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Buy to Let – don’t risk becoming a victim of mortgage fraud

Buy to Let – don’t risk becoming a victim of mortgage fraud

A defendant was jailed earlier in July for stealing the identities of landlords and attempting to take out mortgages in their names.  This is technically known as ‘Property Title Fraud’ and the fraudster takes out the mortgage against the landlord’s property title, pockets the money and leaves the landlord (the...

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Awana – Restaurant Review

My Editor, Kate Hawthorne and I visited this stylish Malaysian restaurant and we had a delightful evening. The name ‘Awana’ means “in the cloud” in Malay and the decoration on one of the walls symbolising clouds is very imaginative. The restaurant has been invited to participate in « Taste of...

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Unlock hidden value in your home

Local homeowners who travel are realising that they can unlock value in their properties by letting their homes to discerning guests. Chelsea residents, Anthony Doyle and Craig Illman have launched Exclusive Places after recognizing a need for tourists looking to stay in local homes as an alternative to often mundane...

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Plans to axe heart surgery unit at Royal Brompton Hospital are “flawed and unlawful”

The Royal Brompton Hospital branded the proposals to shut down the children’s heart surgery unit at the hospital as “shot through with legal error” as it sought a judicial review to challenge the closure of the department. It is the first time an NHS organization has taken the health service...

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