Nigel Cassidy in discussion with Diana Jordan and Susan Keppe, exploring this difficult subject with care and understanding. Diana is a former solicitor and member of the Law Society Children Panel, and helps separating parents put their children first, giving them the help they need to tackle divorce in a less adversarial and costly way. Susan is a financial provision specialist and consultant at Sinclairs Law and answers questions about charges, explaining what solicitors can and cannot do working within what is widely regarded as an adversarial divorce system in the UK, unlike that operating in many other parts of Europe.
News Editor Kate Andrews discusses intellectual property rights with Dr. Steve Davies, IEA Head of Education. He explains how the law grants a 'time-limited monopoly' to protect patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, and explores the impact of technology and issues of public benefit.
We’re joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs’s Research Director Dr Jamie Whyte to discuss the benefits of the gig economy and the consequences of state intervention and protectionism. Jamie explains how the gig economy has benefited both consumers and workers, who are able to further embrace technology and flexibility in their jobs.
James Cameron-Wilson reviews record-breaking Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as well as remarking on the first time the same film has appeared four times in the same box office chart - in four different languages!
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron appears to have cemented his position as the front-runner after his clash with far-right rival Marine Le Pen in Wednesday evening's final TV debate. For more, Simon speaks to Gino Raymond, Professor of Modern French Studies at the University of Bristol.
On today's wrap: Oil falls to its lowest level since late November, HSBC reports a 19% fall in profits, activity in the UK's service sector accelerates in April and much more. Simon is joined by Share Radio's senior analyst, Ed Bowsher.
View from Middlesex University with Professor Tim Evans looking at:
1. This Thursday's local elections & general election so far
2. Why the EU is in a weak negotiating position
3. The rise of paramilitary violence and extreme poverty in Venezuela:
It's time to talk politics. Today: FT says Brexit bill could be as much as 100 billion euros. May resurrects the 'bloody difficult woman' moniker, which was first used by Ken Clarke last year. Will that approach help her to get a good deal in the end? John McDonnell attacks BBC for broadcasting Tory 'lies' & more!