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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

Saturday 11 May 2024

LATEST 'LAW WATCH' VIDEO: KEEP ABREAST OF NEW LAWS

 In this month's free video, I go through-

  • The increases in court, tribunal and probate fees which bite as from 01 May 2024 - and what happened to the threatened divorce fee hike.
  • Changes to debt relief orders next month (effective on 28 June 2024) - the panacea for the amateur debtor - which make it easier to qualify.
  • Increases in personal injury damages following publication of new guidelines.
  • Why judges' gowns are back at the Central Family Court.
  • The new so-called compulsory mediation system for county court small claims cases which will lead to any party refusing to co-operate being sanctioned at the end of the case and having to lose or pay one-half of costs that would otherwise have applied - if not worse.
  • And that Book!
Enjoy.






Thursday 11 April 2024

COURT FEE INCREASES: PULL YOUR FINGER OUT

In my Law Watch video episode 33, I warned of proposed increases in various court fees for civil and family cases along with certain tribunal, probate and Court of Protection fees. Most of the proposals are to be implemented on 01 May 2024 (by statutory instrument SI 2024/476 which may not be readily available for public enjoyment for a couple of days). Some 172 fees are hit by a 10 per cent rise. 

But the proposal to increase the court fee for starting a divorce case has been dropped.

For those on benefits or low incomes, the Help With Fees scheme may lead to no fee or a reduced fee. 

For anyone about to take a step which involves payment of one of the fees hit by the changes, avoid the increase by taking that step before 01 May 2024. That's where the finger and its pulling out come in. 

And if you want to buy my book for a snip, it is still half-price on Amazon !


Sunday 7 April 2024

'RETURN OF BREAKING LAW' GOING CHEAP!

Crikey. My book is currently half-price on Amazon. Must get a copy. Why don't you?

Thursday 28 March 2024

NEW 'LAW WATCH' VIDEO OUT. LATEST LAW - FREE!!!

Click below and find out about new legal protection for the pregnant and changes to paternity leave law. Also, why your company's registered office address many now be against the law, rises in compensation limits available from the Financial Services Ombudsman and the latest batch of social housing authorities who have been shamed. 

And if my face irritates you, feel free to close your eyes.



Friday 22 March 2024

NEW VIDEO WITH APRIL LAWS AND A SPOT OF BOTHER WITH BOOTS

It's free. It's the latest law - employment tribunal award limits up, new leave rights for carers and a spat with Boots over the right to a replacement for a defective product.  And it doesn't hurt. Click on below.

Monday 19 February 2024

FAMILY LAW CHANGES PLUS MUCH MORE: LATEST 'LAW WATCH' VIDEO

Keep bang up to date with my latest video. Click below for -

  • family law changes coming in on 29 April 2024
  • trial scheme to make it easier for domestic abuse victims in family cases
  • reporters in court for financial remedy contests
  • child support application fee scrapped
  • perils for litigants in person - and why to steer clear of Latin.



Monday 12 February 2024

EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES & MORE: LATEST VIDEO

My latest free video is out. Apologies for the face. No apologies for up to the minute - well, week - legal developments.  Just click below and find out about -

  • New carers' leave rights coming
  • Flexi Working changes
  • Fees tipped to return to employment tribunals
  • The New Homes Ombudsman and their social housing mate