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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

Thursday 23 July 2020

What IS a face covering?

The face covering legislation coming into force in England tomorrow 24 July 2020 tells us exactly what is required. It is 'a covering of any type which covers a person’s nose and mouth.' So there.

Friday 17 July 2020

Court Fee Cuts (E&W): WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A range of court fee cuts in England and Wales will be effective on 03 August 2020 and so if you want to save some dosh, WAIT!!!!!! until then, provided it is not going to prejudice your position, to issue the reduced fee application. Alas, the fees for starting civil or family proceedings remain untouched.

Here's my pick of the reduced fees and remember that 'Help with fees' still applies so that you may be eligible for a free ride.

civil proceedings

  • application for a witness summons - down from £50 to £21
  • application to vary a judgment (for example, to be able to pay by instalments) or to suspend enforcement including to suspend a warrant for possession- down from £50 to £14
  • request for a certificate of satisfaction in relation to an entry at the Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines - down from £15 to £14 
family proceedings
  • application for a third party debt order - down form £100 to £77
  • application for a charging order - down from £100 to £38
  • application for a judgment summons - down from £100 to £73
  • application for an attachment of earnings order - down from £100 to £34
  • request for bailiff service (sometimes no fee) - down from £110 to £45

probate fees

Not quite what you would call 'court' fees but some cuts coming in under the same legislation-
  • entering a caveat at the Probate Registry (to prevent issue of probate or letters of administration and good for six months) - down from £20 to £3
  • applying for a standing search (so that you are notified that probate or letters of administration have been granted and you get a copy of the document and good for periods of six months at a time)- down from £10 to £3
If you want to check out the recent legislation to thank it, then have a butchers at the Court Fees (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2020 SI 2020/720

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Tuesday 7 July 2020


Are you due to make a second self-assessment payment on account of income tax for the 2019/20 tax year by 31 July 2020? Are you finding it difficult or impossible to make that payment due to the impact of coronavirus? Worry not. HMRC has announced that you may defer payment and show 'em your money by 31 January 2021. If you do, there will be no interest charged or penalties imposed as a result of the delayed payment. You do not need to ask HMRC for permission to defer or even tell them that you are deferring. Just don't pay!

Sunday 5 July 2020


The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 is alive. Here's what it does for Great Britain.
  • A creditor's ability to ask the court to wind up a company which owes them money is likely to be paralysed up to 30 September 2020 - and that date can be extended. Winding up can now only be sought and will only be ordered by the court if the creditor can show that coronavirus has not had a financial effect on the company or the company's indebtedness to the creditor would have arisen even if coronavirus had not had a financial effect on the company. 
  • The potential liability of a company director for wrongful trading (for example, continuing to trade and take customers' money when it was known or should have been known that the company was insolvent) is suspended for what the director did or omitted to do during the period O1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 and, again, this period is extendable.