What’s in it for you? Well, generally speaking your defects will be dealt with much quicker or you will get some kind of cash settlement with a gagging order. They know there is always the chance of a follow up piece. On one occasion a developer, one of the big ones, was approaching homeowners due to be filmed with a gagging order in one hand and a cheque for £20,000 in the other. Luckily for the film crew some homeowners didn’t accept.

Remember, if you have signed a gaggging order it doesn’t stop your friends and family telling the press about your story – they would all have to sign one!

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