A STRAIGHTFORWARD GUIDE
THE CRIME WRITER'S CASEBOOK
STEPHEN WADE AND STUART GIBBON
A REFERENCE GUIDE TO POLICE INVESTIGATIONS
PAST AND PRESENT
DEC 10TH 2017
A Straightforward Guide to The Crime Writer’s Casebook is a reference work for all crime writers, and is an essential companion for research into modern police procedure as well as to crime investigations in history. The book is unique in presenting the topics by means of both first-hand explanations by a London police detective and a crime historian. There are also glossaries explaining legal terms encountered in crime history and of modern police work.
* Introductions to crime investigation
now and then
* Case studies from real crimes
* Explanations of subjects from forensics
to Police Procedure
* Glossaries of terms in criminal law and
Stuart Gibbon is a former Metropolitan Police detective with 30 years experience in crime investigation. As a DCI he was in charge of murder cases and was an SIO on the East Midlands Special Operations Unit. He is now a writing consultant advising authors on police procedures.
Stephen Wade is the author of over 60 non-fiction books, many of them on crime history. His most recent works have included The Justice Women, No More Soldiering and The Girl who Lived on Air, all mainly concerned with legal issues in history. His book, Murder in Mind, was featured at the Ilkley Literature festival in 2017. Stuart and Stephen give talks to writing groups on crime past and present.
A STRAIGHTFORWARD GUIDE TO
HOW TO BE A LITIGANT IN PERSON
IN THE NEW LEGAL WORLD
JULY 25TH 2017
A litigant in person is where somebody represents themselves in legal proceedings. It could be an individual acting without legal representation or it could be a company that acts for itself without lawyers. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of litigants in person.
This book aims to provide not only practical advice on how to act for yourself and present a case in court, but also to set out the basic principles of law and procedure in areas that a litigant in person may encounter. Information is given on some of the commonly encountered aspects of the law to ensure that a person acting for themselves has a basic understanding of the legal issues so that they can make a reasoned decision as to whether they have a cause of action and if they do, should they pursue court action. That does not mean that legal advice should not be sought, because in most cases a consultation with a legal professional is essential before embarking on any significant legal action.
The book covers the following areas:
What is a litigant in person? Why have more people started representing themselves? Vexatious litigants.
The new era in the civil courts
How to prepare a case
Alternative dispute resolution
Housing Claims - possession claims/disrepair claims
Property disputes: Boundary disputes/rights of way
Inheritance claims/disputing a will
Can a litigant in person claim costs?
Michael Langford is a lawyer with considerable experience of civil litigation.
A STRAIGHTFORWARD GUIDE TO TAX
FOR SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE BUSINESS
JUNE 25TH 2017
Without a doubt, one of the biggest headaches for all business owners is the issue of taxation and making sure that the correct tax is paid when due.
This comprehensive guide to Business and Taxation is an up to date guide to all of the issues concerning the operation of business and how taxation affects the operation of a company. It deals with all areas of tax, from an outline of the tax system to what should be paid and when.
The following areas are covered:
* What taxes businesses pay
* Different business types
* Profit and loss in business
* Selling or closing a business
The Author: Colin Richards is a qualified accountant. he has previously written A Straightforward Guide to Bookkeeping and Accounts for Small Business.
A PRACTICAL GUIDE
TO YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
Dr Michael Arnheim
Barrister at Law
Sometime Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge
This timely and comprehensive book, post-Brexit, is written by an experienced human rights barrister and covers all aspects of human rights and civil liberties in the United Kingdom. The much talked about UK Bill of Rights, supposedly replacing the Human Rights Act, is also covered.
The book is wide ranging and certainly topical as we enter a new phase of our relationship with Europe. It will be invaluable to the layperson, student and professional alike.
Main Areas Covered in the book are:
*Where do rights come from? * The right to life * Right to freedom of expression
* Right to privacy * Right to freedom of association * Social rights
* Prohibition of torture
* Right to a fair trial * Right and duties as a citizen
Click on photos for links to Huffington Post Articles by the author and larger picture
The Author: Dr Michael Thomas Walter Arnheim is a practising London Barrister, Sometime Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, and author. He has written eighteen published books to date, including most recently The God Book and Two Models of Government. Previously published books include The Handbook of Human Rights Law, Principles of the Common Law, The U.S. Constitution for Dummies and The Problem with Human Rights Law.
ISBN 978-1-84716-673-9 AVAILABLE MARCH 2017 £10.99
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SHOCK-HORROR OUR VERY OWN MD TELLS SOME HOME TRUTHS
Our very own Managing Director, Roger Sproston, spills the beans, tells his own life story!
From signing up for service to signing out - this is a story you've gotta hear...
Fighting For Light, The Travels of a Tin Pot Warrior is a book about one of the thousands of people, given the chance, who upped and left backgrounds offering very little in the way of hope. They headed, like a herd of Wildebeest, for the promised-land, or the illusion of the promised-land, some making it and others not.
A review from the MailOnline: 'Dodging bullets in Iran, hiking alone in Kathmandu and sleeping in a bin in San Francisco...'
SOME MORE OF OUR NEW TITLES
Robert Franks is a teacher of Law and has recently been busy bringing us two new books; one on a current, topical subject 'Public Law', the other on 'Business Law', which neatly fills gaps in our Law section! Robert's first book with us is the excellent
'What to Expect when You go to Court'.
We're pleased to have Nicholas Corder back with us giving us the benefit of his vast teaching experience.
Nicholas Corder has written a second book with us, the first being a specially commissioned novel, The Bone Mill, aimed at teenage readers, and published by Emerald, our imprint. The new book is 'Writing Good Plain English' and the author brings his many years of teaching this subject to this title. It is written in concise, accessible sections, a good-humoured book that explains clearly the essentials of writing good, plain English.
Corder takes you through the entire writing process - from initial idea, through planning, writing, revising and proofreading to the eventual presentation of a piece of writing.
The book recognizes that writing is not a skill that comes naturally to all of us. It concentrates on helping you to develop as a writer and deals with the pitfalls and problems of trying to write good English.
New to our Business section.
A new author, Paul Welwyn, has started with us with two interesting books. One is a guide to auction websites, particularly ebay and amazon - Straightforward Guide to Buying, Selling and Making a Healthy Profit From Online Auction Sites(e.g.Ebay) and to complement this a book to help get your business online - Guide to Starting an Online Business, both are in our Business section.
Paul Welwyn is an IT professional specifically advising people how to set up online trading companies and how to exploit the market place.
We expect both his books to do well.
Recent titles in our Personal Finance section.
A must for those planning their retirement A new book on 'Financial Planning for the Future - From 45 to Retirement' comes with strong credentials from its author. New to Straightforward, Anthony Vice comes from a very distinguished career in the financial services sector. He is a former journalist, (1953-1970) although he has, since then, held a number of prestigous positions with major UK companies and was a director of NM Rothschild (1972-91)
He is the author of a number of books on financial planning and brings his many years of experience to this book.
''Understanding and Controlling Inheritance Tax is another Straightforward Guide published last year. The author David Marsh has written for us before and hopes that this currently topical area of law will be of interest to our readership. David is a specialist advisor in the areas of inheritance tax and capital gains tax.
Don't understand the vaguaries of the Stock Market?
A Straightforward Guide to the Stock Market, How the Stock Market Works, is a concise and practical guide to the UK stock market, how it operates and what its purpose is. The book explains the different types of stocks in the market and looks at the short and long term benefits of share ownership.
The book is comprehensive and covers the following areas:
• What is the stock market and how does it work?
• What are shares?
• What are gilts?
• What are futures and options?
• Overseas shares
• Obtaining advice on share dealing
• When to sell shares
The author: Liam Croft is a lecturer in economics. He has extensive knowledge of the stock market and its machinations and has contributed articles to a number of trade magazines on the world economy. He brings his considerable experience to bear in this concise and clear guide.
MOST POPULAR BOOK
Why is this book so popular - recession?
Last year our most popular book was 'Give me your Money - A Guide to Debt Recovery' by Anthony Reeves.
Why this is popular is probably as much to do with the state of our economy as it is our marketing. Small business obviously needs a good guide to the collection of debts and the surrounding legal framework - and the author competently provides this. The book was also used in a promotion for a well-known business magazine - so this promotion was designed to improved its sales figures. This is a marketing potential that Straightforward is currently progressing in some detail - our books lend some credence to both magazine publication and also to certain websites.
BOOK REVIEW - 'GIVE ME YOUR MONEY'
A Straightforward Guide to Debt Recovery, by Anthony Reeves.
Review by John O'Sullivan from magazine 'Credit Today'
The author of this book, Anthony Reeves has written numerous legal books for the lay person. He is a specialist in debt recovery and is a member of the UK Institute of Legal Executives.
The publishers, Straightforward Publishing, have published numerous titles under their Straightforward Guides series. The expression it does what it says on the tin springs to mind when reading this book.
It is a straightforward guide to debt recovery No bull just facts. If you had no knowledge of debt collecting and read this book you would, at least, have grasped and appreciated the basics of sound credit control and collections.
The book begins with Credit Terms and Customer Checking. It devotes a chapter each to consumer and commercial credit. The author then spends a few chapters on court proceedings, defended actions and the follow up after judge ment is awarded. The jurisdiction in the book relates to the United Kingdom. The last chapter in this book is titled Reforming the Courts for Debt
Collections. It is an interesting and thought provoking essay on recent changes as a result of the UK Woolf Reforms and, also, suggested changes in legal procedures in debt collections.
The author argues that "a more efficient court system would encourage creditors to pursue debts through the courts".
Throughout this book there is good advice on the various areas of credit collection and credit control, what one should do in particular situations and, very importantly, what can go wrong.
Invoice layout is mentioned. This is an area that is neglected by many companies The legal steps in debt recovery are clear, logical and informative. The judicial process is different in the UK but the approach and pre-trial steps are similar - can you prove the debt?
I enjoyed reviewing this book, I liked its no bull approach, its easy style and, most importantly, the vast amount of information it gives for such a small book (109 pages).
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Last Updated - June 2017