Business. A new law due to take force in April requiring employers to pay national insurance on employee share option sales is coming in for criticism from millionaire entrepreneurs, who argue it will curb new internet and technology companies. Robin Saxby, head of u1.4bn microchip design company ARM Holdings, is lobbying the Government on the grounds that the law – aimed at "fat cats" who take large share options – will hit small companies which attract high-profile staff by offering share options instead of large salaries.
Martin Pointer QC, of 1 Mitre Court Buildings, who may be debarred after being found guilty of common assault by Horseferry Road magistrates. Pointer, a family law specialist and therefore skilled at smoothing relations, denies driving over a policeman's foot after going into a sulk at a traffic jam in Soho. However, the stipendiary magistrate found the charge proved, saying he was "dealing with this on the basis that this was reckless rather than deliberate".
Swindon businessman Martin Jones, who has been banned from driving for 16 months and fined u1,000 after being found drunk in charge of a motorised skateboard.
Sleuths. Private detective James Rapp, who earned $1m a year digging the dirt on celebrities, is facing the first ever criminal prosecution for selling confidential information. Victims of Rapp's muck-raking include Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart (below), whose trips to her doctor were revealed when she allegedly developed an eating disorder, and Kathleen Willey, the former White House volunteer who accused President Clinton of groping her, whose itemised telephone bills were exposed.
Louisiana children, who must now by law address their teachers and other school employees as "Sir", "Ma'am", or use Mr, Ms, Mrs or Miss.