Barry Botha Breytenbach

The cost of losing a legal battle

I recently sued someone who owes me R50,000. The Court found that the loan agreement was invalid and that the amount was not owed to me. The legal costs were subsequently awarded in the other party’s favour on a party and party scale. What do I need to pay, and how is this amount calculated? A Court is entitled to make an order […]

Finding yourself in contempt of court is no small matter

When you are on the receiving end of a court order, it would be wise to obey the terms set out in it. Disobedience in terms of a court may cause a court to hold you in contempt of court. The consequences of the latter might be more severe than you expected – resulting in a criminal record perhaps or worse. A person can be held in contempt of court in both […]