News TÜV could be liable to eventual damages of over €6bn

A legal ruling made in France today has opened the way to millions of euros in compensation for British and other women who were fitted with defective French-made breast implants.

Legal blow for widow of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko who risks bankruptcy by continuing her battle for a public inquiry

Marina Litvinenko’s fight for answers over the suspicious death of her husband, Alexander, has suffered another defeat after judges refused to protect her from facing crippling costs if she loses her legal battle for a public inquiry.

Scot Young with his girlfriend Noelle Reno (right) and the split from his wife Michelle Young in 2006

Wife of fallen tycoon to cross-examine Philip Green in £400m divorce battle

The Topshop boss will be questioned by Michelle Young about £80,000 cheques he said he paid to an estate agent

Kara Shay Thomson performs in New York City Opera's production of Schoenberg's 'Erwartung'

New York City Opera needs to raise millions fast– or the fat lady sings

70-year-old company says it plans to file for bankruptcy unless it manages to reach its fundraising goal

Police find €60,000 stashed in mansion of former IRA hunger striker Tom McFeely

Another €60,000 (£50,435) has been discovered stashed in the former home of one-time IRA hunger striker-turned-property tycoon.

Marc Rich’s family put properties up for sale

The world’s billionaires were this week making discreet inquiries about buying one of Switzerland’s most prestigious homes – the late Marc Rich’s Villa Rose on Lake Lucerne.

Plumber finds €140,000 stashed under bath in ex-IRA man's mansion

House had been repossessed after former hunger-striker Tom McFeely went bankrupt - now investigation must determine who owns the money

Boris Berezovsky’s legal battles may have cost him up to £100m

Oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have left debts of £309m, court hears

Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have left debts of more than £300m when he died in “tragic and mysterious” circumstances, the High Court heard today.

Ben Chu: Accounting for failure

Outlook Physicians get told to heal themselves. And some insolvency accountants could, apparently, benefit from their own medicine too.

Liberty’s accessories emporium

From Mr Selfridge to Making Liberty: Another iconic London department store explored for TV show

The luxury world of London's Liberty department store is the subject of a new behind-the-scenes documentary.

Consumer rights: Bankruptcy is not necessarily the best way to clear your debts

There may be other options for those who find themselves in serious financial difficulties
Lucy Porter and friend see the joke

Edinburgh Festival comedy review: The best jokes by a royal mile

Edinburgh guffaws from end to end as four fine acts return with some sparkling new material

Insolvencies drop by 6 per cent on last year

Some 6,469 bankruptcy orders were recorded in the second quarter of this year

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has moved to defend last week’s bankruptcy filing

Battle to keep bankrupt Detroit solvent...and without a bailout

The governor of Michigan today defended last week’s bankruptcy filing by Detroit even as lawyers for his office moved to contest a ruling by a lower court judge that it violates the state constitution and must be withdrawn.

Motown misery

It won’t be easy, but Detroit will rise again

Out of America: For 20 years this newly bankrupt city, in the words of a Tamla tunesmith, has really got a hold on me. The recovery is already beginning

Taxman opts for assets ahead of liquidation

The number of winding-up petitions issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has slumped by more than a third in the past year, according to figures released on Monday, with experts claiming the taxman is increasingly choosing to seize goods from companies instead.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?