Catherine Pepinster

Catherine Pepinster is the editor of The Tablet, the Catholic weekly

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Lawyers muscle in on estate agents' patch

It's War on the high street. Solicitors and estate agents are battling for their livelihoods by trying to claim one another's territory in the lucrative housing market.

'Ego-hoteliers' vie to leap on London bandwagon

Catherine Pepinster on the new breed of owner and their creations

Bye Oirish pubs, G'day Oz bars

Forget the creamy pint of porter served by a red-headed colleen. The Irish theme pub is sliding out of fashion, and being replaced as the trendiest place in town by the Australian bar - complete with stuffed Koalas, surf boards and Antipodean lager.

Are you a member of a growing superband?

Householders who live in the most expensive properties in Britain are likely to be squeezed by a new council tax "superband".

Out of the ruins: designer frocks

A YEAR AFTER THE BOMB: Catherine Pepinster on a fashion phenomenon

Today's des res is below stairs

Basements are back, reports Catherine Pepinster

Tide of concrete threatens to destroy London riverbanks

Blocks of flats are ruining the shore, reports Catherine Pepinster

'I am not a monster. I am an artist,' says body parts man

The notorious sculptor breaks his silence

Outrage as arms firm sponsors St Paul's concert

An Arms firm has paid pounds 15,000 to use a concert at St Paul's Cathedral for corporate hospitality to other defence contractors.

How to make pounds 400,000 without even moving

A couple have made pounds 400,000 buying and selling a house in London in a matter of months - without ever having moved into the property.
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