MoJ confirms probate changes are to be dropped after snap general election is called

The proposed controversial Ministry of Justice changes to probate fees have been scrapped because of the snap general election, the government has confirmed.

The MoJ probate fee overhaul, announced earlier this year, would have set fees in line with the value of the estate, rather than the existing flat fee system. The plan had proved controversial, as in some instances it could have resulted in charges of up to £20,000 –  up to 129 times higher than the current flat level. Continue reading…

Government to introduce employment tribunal system reforms as ‘soon as parliamentary time allows’.

Following the end of the consultation on ‘Reforming the Tribunal System’ on 20th January, 2017, the government has published its formal response and given the go-ahead for changes to be introduced. To that end, the government has said it will bring forward measures to reform the employment tribunal system ‘as soon as parliamentary time allows’. The measures include digitising the claims procedure so that claims are lodged and processed online, and communications between individuals and the tribunal are made electronically. Continue reading…

Ministry of Justice announces 6-week consultation deadline on personal injury compensation discount rate review

The Ministry of Justice has told lawyers and insurers they have a limited 6-week period to plead their case for how to set the discount rate applied to personal injury compensation settlements. The consultation was announced last week, much to the consternation of lawyers, only a month after the MoJ changed the discount rate from 2.5 per cent to minus 0.75 per cent.    Continue reading…

St. Ann’s Hospice Obstacolour Run 2017

On Sunday 19th March 2017, a team from Harold Stock & Co Solicitors took part in the St. Ann’s Hospice Obstacolour Run. 

A huge thank you to everyone who took part. It was cold, wet and very muddy but I am pleased to say that everyone turned up and fought against the elements to complete the run. 

If you would like to donate to St. Ann’s Hospice, you can do so here 


Government plans for probate charge increases criticised by Tory backbencher

The government’s proposed changes to the probate system have already come under fire from the Law Society and solicitors; however, they have now been heavily criticised by a backbench Conservative MP. Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for north East Somerset, has expressed grave concerns about the governments’ probate plans and criticised his party’s proposals to introduce a huge increase in probate charges, claiming they will be seen as a ‘tax rather than a charge’. In his expressed opinion, it is wrong for any government to be seen to be introducing ‘stealth taxes.’ Continue reading…

Who’s Watching You?

Are you a regular user of social media? Covert video surveillance has been used by insurance companies for a long time in claims for compensation arising out of an accident or other injury. With advances in technology, our team of experienced specialists have seen insurance companies increasingly turn to social media and the internet as a method of surveillance using Facebook status updates, You Tube videos, Instagram and Snapchat posts and photographs together with tweets as a way to defeat or reduce a claim for compensation. It pays to remember that the internet is not private.

If you are involved in a claim for compensation arising out of an accident or poor medical treatment, the Defendant insurance company will search the internet for personal information about you. Facebook will generally be their first port of call. Our advice is therefore clear – don’t post details of your accident, injuries or rehabilitation on social media. This includes the uploading of videos and photographs.

Whether you are in the process of making a claim for compensation or not, we would always advise that you regularly review your security settings all of the social networking platforms you use.