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Accessible legal tips, know-how and news for anyone with a complaint or legal issue from Stephen Gold, author of The Return of Breaking Law, the book

Tuesday, 11 January 2022


The law was temporarily changed to allow wills to be witnessed remotely as I reported here on 07 September 2021  (see https://www.breakinglaw.co.uk/search/label/wills). This change was aimed at assisting would-be will makers who could not organise the two required witnesses to breath down their necks in the same room as they were signing up, on account of Covid-19. But the temporary law was due to run out at the end of this month.

Today, legislation has been laid before Parliament which will extend the temporary provisions until 31 January 2024.

Monday, 10 January 2022


It shouldn't be painful. Pour a cup of coffee and take a look at my January video on the latest law. If you don't like it, you can always throw the cup contents at the screen. Clean afterwards with non-chemical liquid.

Friday, 31 December 2021

Free videos on your legal rights: Christmas Present Law and much, much more

Trouble with a Christmas present, given or received? Take a look at my video posted on 11 December 2021. It should help. While you are at it, find out the latest service charge law,  how to stop a development which  is going to block your light and much, much more with my series of recent videos. You can access them through this blog. No catches. No charge. No increase to your fuel bills.

And a Happy and Healthy New Year. May you win all your legal disputes (if that's fair).  

Friday, 17 December 2021


The increase in the fee for applying for probate (where there is a will) or letters of administration (where there is no will) which I predicted at https://www.breakinglaw.co.uk/search/label/probate is to take effect on 26 January 2022 (see The Non-Contentious Probate Fees (Amendment) Order 2021 SI 2021/1451). 

The new fee will be £273 whether you are applying in person or through a professional such as a solicitor. Get the application in before 26 January 2022 and money will be saved.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

LATEST LAW ROUND UP: FREE VIDEO: Service charge ruling, divorce reform, financial remedies and covid - and more!


Stay in the know and click on my latest free video on legal developments. It won't bite. Free legal help contact info; where we are with divorce reform; court decisions on the impact of covid on financial orders in matrimonial proceedings; important Court of Appeal rulings on those dreaded service charges; and who picks up the VAT on enforcement agents' charges. 

Monday, 13 December 2021


Temporary procedures were introduced for county court repossession cases to cater for the consequences of the pandemic. They included listing cases for a review hearing before any final hearing to investigate whether the parties could reach a settlement. These procedures were due to lapse in their entirety on 30 November 2021 (see https://www.breakinglaw.co.uk/2021/10/home-repossessions-review-hearings-to.html)

That has been reconsidered (see Civil Procedure Rules 1998 Update 137). The procedures will continue to apply in relation to claims started before 01 December 2021, subject to one matter. The temporary  requirement  (see paragraphs 6.1 and 6.2 of Civil Procedure Rules 1998 Practice Direction 52C - well you did ask!) that claimants are to notify with the claim form and in another form taken to court what they know about the effect of the pandemic on the defendant is to continue until 30 June 2022. 

Saturday, 11 December 2021

LIGHT LAW: how to earn bright rooms and not lose them

My latest free video may surprise you. Not because of the standard of books behind me or my short collar needing an ironing. No, because of a somewhat obscure law that allows you to prevent or obtain compensation for a nearby development which would or does substantially reduce the volume of natural light you enjoy which comes through any of the windows of your building. Let there be a viewing of the video. And let there be light.