Sponsors needed for N Wales Cancer Treatment Centre charity walk

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Two Chirk women whose father received radiotherapy for prostate cancer earlier this year are seeking sponsors for an eleven mile walk to raise funds for the centre that treated him. The walk is due to take place on Saturday August 27th.

Sian Evans, a Legal Secretary with leading Wrexham based law firm GHP Legal, had the idea of trekking along the World Heritage Site Llangollen Canal from The Horseshoe Falls at Llantysilio to Gledrid after being overwhelmed by the standard of care her father received from the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre at Glan Clwyd Hospital. She will be joined on the walk by her sister, Nia, a National Trust Conservation Assistant at Chirk Castle.

The North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre is the primary centre for cancer patients across the whole of North Wales and some parts of Mid Wales. As well as having a ward and a day unit it also has a small hostel for those who are unable to travel there for daily treatment. 

In a sponsorship plea to work colleagues, friends and family, Sian said: "The reason I am doing this walk is that my dad recently received radiotherapy treatment at the centre and was lucky enough to secure a place at the hostel. This made a huge difference to him as he was still recovering from a kidney removal operation for kidney cancer, undergone a few months earlier. I was overwhelmed with the treatment, facilities, warmth, care and friendly support that the North Wales Centre provides for all cancer patients and their families and I wanted to do something for the Centre in return, as a ‘thank you'." 

To sponsor Sian and Nia email sian.evans@ghplegal.co.uk

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Llangollen's oldest law firm has expanded the services available at its town offices after returning to the Old Bank Chambers in Berwyn Street earlier this year. - More...
Q&A - What costs can I claim for injury caused by defective Council footpath?

Q&A - What costs can I claim for injury caused by defective Council footpath?

Q. I recently fractured my wrist when I tripped over a raised edge on a footpath outside my house. I had already notified the council about this hazard about a month prior to my accident, but they did nothing about it until after I had reported the accident to them. - More...
Q&A - Shareholders' Agreements - unnecessary expense or crucial to company's future?

Q&A - Shareholders' Agreements - unnecessary expense or crucial to company's future?

Q: I set up a small IT company two years ago with three friends. We are all directors and hold an equal number of shares. Recently it was suggested that we should have a Shareholders' Agreement drawn up. I feel this would be an unnecessary expense for such a small company. Am I correct? - More...
Q&A - Are there downsides to setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney online?

Q&A - Are there downsides to setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney online?

Q:  My wife and I have been considering setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney. Our mobility is decreasing and it would be useful for our children to deal with our banking, post and bills on our behalf. I understand that it is possible to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney online. Is this the case, and would you recommend doing so? - More...
Q&A - Covering all eventualities in a Will to avoid intestate succession

Q&A - Covering all eventualities in a Will to avoid intestate succession

Q: My unmarried uncle has recently died, just six months after the death of my father, who was his only brother. In his Will my uncle named my father as the sole beneficiary, but did not name any other beneficiary in the event that my father should die before him.  What will now happen to my uncle's estate? - More...
Oswestry Solicitors to waive fees for Will Aid's Silver Jubilee

Oswestry Solicitors to waive fees for Will Aid's Silver Jubilee

A leading Oswestry law firm has announced it will waive its fees for making a Will in November, in exchange for clients making a donation to charity. - More...
Wrexham Solicitors to waive fees for Will Aid's Silver Jubilee

Wrexham Solicitors to waive fees for Will Aid's Silver Jubilee

A leading Wrexham law firm has announced it will waive its fees for making a Will in November, in exchange for clients making a donation to charity. - More...
Irene still in the pink after 20 years

Irene still in the pink after 20 years

An Oswestry breast cancer survivor will be celebrating her 20th year "in the pink" next week by raising money to support the 'Wear it Pink' Breast Cancer campaign that has given support and hope to so many women like her everywhere. - More...
Q&A - Who is legally entitled to the dog now my girlfriend and I have split up?

Q&A - Who is legally entitled to the dog now my girlfriend and I have split up?

Q: I recently split up with my girlfriend. She moved out of the home we shared and took our expensive pedigree dog with her when she left. At first she agreed that I could look after the dog every other week and this arrangement worked until she got a new job. Since she started the new job, however, the poor thing has been stuck in the house on its own all day during her "weeks". - More...
Lawyer offers free T&C checks in bid to reduce business hazards

Lawyer offers free T&C checks in bid to reduce business hazards

A spate of new business enquiries that revealed a series of nightmare situations caused by inadequate or inappropriate Terms and Conditions has moved a Wrexham based Corporate and Commercial Lawyer to offer free T&C checks for local business owners throughout November. - More...
Wrexham Solicitor warns about dangers of medieval law

Wrexham Solicitor warns about dangers of medieval law

A Wrexham solicitor has warned that the liability for some unsuspecting property owners to pay for costly repairs to the chancel of their local church under a law dating back to Henry Vlll will NOT end later this month when a provision in the Land Registration Act 2002 is implemented. - More...
Q&A - The importance of catering for 'what-if' scenarios in a Will

Q&A - The importance of catering for 'what-if' scenarios in a Will

Q: My cousin and her sister took responsibility for their childless widowed aunt after she got dementia. They applied for and got power of attorney to look after her financial interests and take care of her physical needs. Eventually she had to go into a nursing home, but as she was still physically very able and could have lived many years longer than the two years she did live, they sold her house and invested the proceeds to provide an income to pay for her care. - More...
Parents of children in care may not know their rights, says Wrexham lawyer

Parents of children in care may not know their rights, says Wrexham lawyer

Family lawyers in Wrexham have expressed concern that very few parents of children in care seem to be aware that they can apply to the court to increase their level of contact, or to discharge a care order and have their child back living with them if their circumstances change. - More...
Q&A - What is Adverse Possession?

Q&A - What is Adverse Possession?

Q:  I have lived in the same village all my life. Next to my current property is a piece of land that ever since I can remember has been unfenced, unkempt and does not appear to belong to anyone. A friend of mine says that if I moved my fence to encompass it, and no-one objected, I could eventually claim it as my land under something called ‘adverse possession'.  Is this correct? - More...
Q&A - Time to review partnership deeds and policies

Q&A - Time to review partnership deeds and policies

Q. I am a partner in an accountancy practice where one partner has been underperforming. The situation has gone unaddressed because others thought it easier to just retire him in two years when he reaches 65. My concern is whether the same age discrimination rules apply to partners as they do to employees in respect of retirement age? - More...
Solicitor warns about new online Powers of Attorney

Solicitor warns about new online Powers of Attorney

Emma Jacobs, a solicitor with leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm GHP Legal, said it is vital that people understand the implications of ‘giving away' the responsibility for making critical decisions regarding their own medical and financial welfare and that to be absolutely sure of what they are doing they should consult a legal professional before beginning the process online. - More...
Q&A - Letting Agent went bust and tenant's rent and deposit have disappeared

Q&A - Letting Agent went bust and tenant's rent and deposit have disappeared

Q: I own an investment property, and for many years I've had a letting company managing the tenancy for me as agents.  The tenant has been living at the property since 2010 and all rent and deposit money has been paid through the agent. I haven't received any rent for the last 3 months and when I checked, I discovered that the agent had gone into liquidation. I've spoken with the tenant directly and he has given me proof of payment of the rent up to date. He also commented that he hadn't received confirmation from the agent that his deposit had been secured. I don't know what the company did with the deposit money. Who is responsible for repaying the deposit to the tenant when he leaves? - More...
Fee Earner Vacancies

Fee Earner Vacancies

We currently have the following fee earner vacancies:- - More...
Q&A - Schizophrenic Aunt's last Will was drawn up without her being fully aware

Q&A - Schizophrenic Aunt's last Will was drawn up without her being fully aware

Q: My aunt passed away last month. She was schizophrenic and was living in a care home. Her finances were under the care of the Court of Protection. I know that she had made a Will before she became ill, which left all of her belongings to me, my brother and my sister in equal shares, and we were all to be joint Executors of her estate. However, since my aunt's death, I've found out that a new Will was drawn up within the last year which leaves everything to my sister and names her as sole Executor. The Will has not been endorsed by any doctor and there was no change in my aunt's condition prior to her death. Can my brother and I do anything to challenge this new Will? - More...
Q&A - Can I give my problem tenants seven days' notice and change the locks?

Q&A - Can I give my problem tenants seven days' notice and change the locks?

Q: I own a property that has been converted into flats which I have been letting out to various tenants for many years without any problems. Since February, however, I have had new tenants in one of the flats who haven't paid any rent since April. They have also been causing problems with tenants of the other flats because of their late night parties and general antisocial attitude. Recently they broke a window to gain entry to the property because they had lost their keys. I have given them several warnings to no avail. Can I give them a seven day notice and change the locks? - More...
Local solicitor warns of need to have a Will expertly drafted following recent coalition legacy debacle

Local solicitor warns of need to have a Will expertly drafted following recent coalition legacy debacle

Shropshire residents have been warned about the importance of having their Will drafted by an expert to ensure executors are able to interpret their wishes exactly for the distribution of their estate without encountering any difficulties. - More...
Q&A - Could company be held responsible for third party comments posted on website social network page?

Q&A - Could company be held responsible for third party comments posted on website social network page?

Q. I work for a company, in the personnel department, and I have been asked by management to set up a page on a social networking site for our Company. I am concerned about the control of personal data in the event that an employee or third party should post something defamatory or offensive on our site. Is the Company responsible for such posts, or for inaccurate personal data posted on our page by third parties? - More...
Lawyer urges families to seek advice about relatives in care and nursing homes after exposure of flaws in the Mental Capacity Act

Lawyer urges families to seek advice about relatives in care and nursing homes after exposure of flaws in the Mental Capacity Act

The head of one of the region's most prominent Mental Health law teams has urged the families of vulnerable people whom they believe are being unlawfully detained to urgently seek specialist legal advice. - More...
Q&A - What will happen to my dog when I die?

Q&A - What will happen to my dog when I die?

Q: I have a healthy young dog but I have been diagnosed with a degenerative illness and am worried that when I pass away my dog might have to be put to sleep if no-one in the family can look after him. Is there anything I can do? - More...
Q&A - Can my landlord just evict me when my business lease expires?

Q&A - Can my landlord just evict me when my business lease expires?

Q: The lease on my business premises is nearing expiry. I have asked the landlord about extending it but he is being evasive and I am concerned he might just evict me on the expiry date. Can he do that? - More...
Q&A - If I buy business, can I stop current owner from poaching my clients and staff

Q&A - If I buy business, can I stop current owner from poaching my clients and staff

Q: I am considering buying a business as a going concern. I understand that the seller has a loyal client base and I hope to retain it by buying him out. Is there anything I can do to prevent him approaching his former clients and employees, or setting up a similar business in the area? - More...
Band's inaugural gig raises 700 pound for charity

Band's inaugural gig raises 700 pound for charity

The head of one of the area's largest Family and Mental Health legal teams has helped to raise more than 700 pound for charity by swapping his city suit for a pair of jeans and picking up a bass guitar. - More...
Legal clinic solicitors on hand at Oswestry Show

Legal clinic solicitors on hand at Oswestry Show

Solicitors from a leading Oswestry law firm which runs weekly free legal clinics in the town will be on hand to talk to visitors at the Oswestry Show. - More...
Q&A - Bad debt means I can't pay staff or suppliers this month - does this make my business insolvent?

Q&A - Bad debt means I can't pay staff or suppliers this month - does this make my business insolvent?

Q: I am a director of a limited company. A major customer went into liquidation owing me a large sum of money and I have no real prospect of being paid. I am now unable to pay my staff their full wages this month. I also have supplier bills which the company cannot pay, but which I will pay using my personal credit card. Is the business insolvent? What can I do? - More...
Lawyer completes charity bike ride without injury or crash!

Lawyer completes charity bike ride without injury or crash!

A Wrexham personal injury lawyer safely completed a fifty mile cycle ride in blistering heat last Sunday to raise money for sick children. - More...
Q&A - How can I find out if I am in a parish liable for chancel repairs?

Q&A - How can I find out if I am in a parish liable for chancel repairs?

Q. My friends have been told by their lender they have got to purchase chancel indemnity insurance because their property is in a parish which is potentially liable to chancel repairs. I live only a mile away from them and I am worried that my property might be affected. How can I find out and what can I do if it is? - More...
Q&A - Will my benefits stop when I get the compensation awarded for my accident?

Q&A - Will my benefits stop when I get the compensation awarded for my accident?

Q: I am shortly expecting to receive a large compensation award as a result of a personal injury claim. Due to my accident and the long term effects of the injuries I sustained I am not able to work and I currently receive Income Support. Life has been very difficult for me since the accident and now I am worried that if anyone finds out about the compensation award I will lose my benefits. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? - More...
Solicitor to undertake gruelling fifty mile bike ride for sick children

Solicitor to undertake gruelling fifty mile bike ride for sick children

A Wrexham solicitor is planning to cycle around fifty miles on Sunday to raise money for a children's hospice on the Wirral. - More...
Q&A - What special requirements are there for letting multiple occupancy houses?

Q&A - What special requirements are there for letting multiple occupancy houses?

Q: I am buying a house and am considering letting it to a number of individual students, each with a separate bedroom but with other facilities shared. Are there extra landlord responsibilities when letting a single property to a number of individual tenants? - More...
Personal Injury Lawyer calls for clearer No-Win, No-Fee compensation info

Personal Injury Lawyer calls for clearer No-Win, No-Fee compensation info

This week the Law Society has launched a six-week campaign to promote the value of getting proper legal advice from a solicitor for personal injury claims, and direct members of the public to advice on how to pursue a claim. - More...
Former Chester Councillor joins top Crime team

Former Chester Councillor joins top Crime team

A former Chester City Councillor who began his legal career as a heavy end Criminal Defence solicitor in south-east London has joined the Criminal Department of one of the area's largest law firms. - More...
Q&A - What issues do I need to consider if I allow staff to work from home?

Q&A - What issues do I need to consider if I allow staff to work from home?

Q. I run a successful IT company and many of my employees have made enquiries about working from home.  I have no fundamental issue with this as I feel that for most employees it would be practical. But as an employer, I wonder if there are any particular issues that I should be considering? - More...
Law firm sponsors Eisteddfod's most prestigious competition

Law firm sponsors Eisteddfod's most prestigious competition

A leading North Wales law firm is continuing its long time support of the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod by sponsoring the "competition of competitions" at this year's event which takes place 9th-14th July. - More...
Family lawyer says CSJ report confirms government got it wrong!

Family lawyer says CSJ report confirms government got it wrong!

A Wrexham based family law and mental health expert has slammed the government after what he believes is further evidence that their abolition of Legal Aid to help parents deal with resident and contact issues will cause serious long term damage to children. - More...
Family lawyer qualifies as Mediator

Family lawyer qualifies as Mediator

A member of one of the area's largest Family Law Teams has qualified as a Solicitor Mediator to help separating couples comply with new legislation that kicked in on April 1st 2013, requiring them to be assessed for the suitability of Mediation to resolve their issues instead of going through the court system. - More...
Q&A - I moved into husband's house when we married. Should I be put on the title deeds?

Q&A - I moved into husband's house when we married. Should I be put on the title deeds?

Q: When my husband and I got married I moved into his house. Because he bought the property when he was single, only his name appears on the mortgage and deeds. I am concerned that if anything happened to him I might have a problem. Should we get my name put on the deeds? - More...
Receptionist dances into Siam

Receptionist dances into Siam

Law firm receptionist Rhian Underwood, who fell in love with theatre as a child after watching performances by her theatrical family, including her aunt, Delyth Underwood, will dance her way into Siam next week in the Tip Top Productions performance of The King and I at Theatre Clwyd, Mold. - More...
Solicitor prepares for Snowdon ascent to help sick children

Solicitor prepares for Snowdon ascent to help sick children

An Oswestry solicitor who normally works out twice a week in the gym and cycles to keep fit is joining more than a dozen members of her local ladies' fitness club in a six hour walk up Snowdon on June 22nd to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital. - More...
Wrexham lawyer thumps a bass for Nightingale House

Wrexham lawyer thumps a bass for Nightingale House

A Wrexham lawyer will be swapping his more serious professional act for a bass guitar on Sunday 30th June, when he joins other amateur musicians on stage in Chester at a live music charity event. - More...
Wrexham lawyer faces gruelling Three Peaks Challenge for cancer charity

Wrexham lawyer faces gruelling Three Peaks Challenge for cancer charity

A Wrexham Solicitor is in training for the gruelling National Three Peaks Challenge due to take place over the weekend of 8 June 2013. - More...
Q&A - Could I be forced to sell our home to pay my husband's care fees?

Q&A - Could I be forced to sell our home to pay my husband's care fees?

Q: My husband has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and has become unpredictable and at times aggressive. Doctors have been unable to balance his medication to prevent his irrational behaviour and have advised me to consider moving him into a residential home. As he doesn't need nursing care I am concerned I might be forced to sell our home to pay for his care. Could this happen? And can I safeguard any of our savings? - More...
Wrexham Solicitor in Golf Union of Wales double appointments honour

Wrexham Solicitor in Golf Union of Wales double appointments honour

A Partner of one of the largest law firms in North Wales and Shropshire has been appointed Senior Ladies International Team Captain and Chair of the Selectors of the Senior Team by the Golf Union of Wales. - More...
New Duty Solicitor for Magistrates Courts

New Duty Solicitor for Magistrates Courts

An Oswestry woman, who qualified as a Criminal Lawyer in June 2012 after studying part-time for six years whilst bringing up her young son and carrying on a career as a Police Station Representative, has now qualified as a Magistrates Court Duty Solicitor. - More...
Q&A - How can I stop new landlord charging me for pre-existing damage?

Q&A - How can I stop new landlord charging me for pre-existing damage?

Q: I am about to move into a rented house, but I am worried about being charged for things that were broken prior to me moving in. When I viewed the property there was a cracked window in the kitchen and the lock on the bathroom door was broken. I know they are only little things but I was told by the managing agent that the landlord has promised to fix them, and yet when I drove past the property a few days ago I could see that the window was still cracked. Now I am worried he may not have fixed the door lock either, and worse doesn't intend to. What should I do? - More...
Q&A - What happens to the business when co-Directors fall out?

Q&A - What happens to the business when co-Directors fall out?

Q: I am a director and shareholder of a small local company.  My friend and I set up the business and we each have 50% of the shares.  Until recently everything was working well, but we have had a major disagreement and now neither of us wants to continue working with the other. What can we do? - More...
Lawyer requests Government review of ludicrous new Legal Aid system

Lawyer requests Government review of ludicrous new Legal Aid system

A Wrexham lawyer has written to his MP asking him to raise his and other lawyers' grave concerns in Parliament about the Government's Legal Aid changes introduced on 1st April 2013 for Private Family Law cases. - More...
Q&A - Can I set up a private mortgage to help my daughter purchase a home?

Q&A - Can I set up a private mortgage to help my daughter purchase a home?

Q: My daughter has come back home after recently splitting with her boyfriend. They were saving for a house but on her own she does not have quite enough for a deposit and is unlikely to get a big enough mortgage based on her salary. I am in a position to buy a house for her, but I need a return on my money. Although I could just charge her rent I would prefer the house to be in her name. I am however conscious that I would need to protect my interest in the property as her circumstances could change in the future. Would formally setting up a private mortgage provide this protection? - More...
Law Firm appoints two new trainees

Law Firm appoints two new trainees

A leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm renowned for its commitment to supporting the development of local trainee solicitors has appointed two young graduates. - More...
Q&A - Now legal aid has ended for divorce, could we represent ourselves in Court?

Q&A - Now legal aid has ended for divorce, could we represent ourselves in Court?

Q: Now they have stopped legal aid for divorce cases, is there any reason why my estranged husband and I can't represent ourselves in court without using Solicitors? Our separation is quite amicable. - More...
Employment lawyer warns bosses of home-working risks

Employment lawyer warns bosses of home-working risks

As Work Wise UK approaches its eighth annual campaign week 12-18 May 2013, a leading North Wales and Shropshire employment law specialist has issued a warning to local bosses. - More...
Free legal advice on offer during Dying Matters Awareness Week

Free legal advice on offer during Dying Matters Awareness Week

One of the area's largest law firms is to run a series of free legal drop-in clinics in Wrexham in support of Dying Matters Awareness Week which takes place 13th - 19th May 2013. - More...
Q&A - Can I do anything to force my business partner to pull his weight?

Q&A - Can I do anything to force my business partner to pull his weight?

Q: My friend and I set up in business as a partnership, but my friend has got family problems and appears to have lost interest in the business. Consequently I am doing the majority of the work whilst he just sits back. What can I do? - More...
Q&A - A company I supplied has gone into administration - can I recoup goods or payment?

Q&A - A company I supplied has gone into administration - can I recoup goods or payment?

Q: I regularly supply goods to one of my customers which is a limited company, and which has now gone into administration.  I have not been paid for the goods which I supplied.  Is there anything I can do to be paid or to get my goods returned? - More...
Leading law firm appoints new Equity Partner

Leading law firm appoints new Equity Partner

Leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm GHP Legal, which has offices in Wrexham, Llangollen and Oswestry, has appointed a new Equity Partner. - More...
Q&A - How best can we protect adopted son from unplanned contact with his birth parents?

Q&A - How best can we protect adopted son from unplanned contact with his birth parents?

Q: My husband and I adopted our 12-year-old son nine years ago. He does not have any direct contact with his birth parents, although we send a letter and a photograph to them each year. I have heard that some birth parents use facebook to contact their biological children. As my son regularly uses facebook, is there any way we can protect him against unplanned contact? - More...
Q&A - Can I make claim against partner's pension if Civil Partnership is dissolved?

Q&A - Can I make claim against partner's pension if Civil Partnership is dissolved?

Q: I am currently in a civil partnership but I am unhappy and want to apply to the Court to dissolve it. I am however concerned that about whether I will be provided for financially. The main asset between us is my partner's pension. Am I able to make a claim against it and if so, what Order can the Court make? - More...
Solicitor returns to law firm where she qualified

Solicitor returns to law firm where she qualified

A young mother has returned to work in the Oswestry office of the law firm where she completed her final two years' training to become a Solicitor. - More...
Q&A - Can a community association be a limited company to reduce personal liability?

Q&A - Can a community association be a limited company to reduce personal liability?

Q: I am the clerk of a local community association. Our members are becoming concerned about their potential personal liability and have heard that it is possible to incorporate to become a limited company. Is this correct? - More...
Law firm reports increase in private mortgage enquiries

Law firm reports increase in private mortgage enquiries

A leading local law firm has reported a marked increase in the number of enquiries for setting up private mortgages. - More...
Q&A - Is there anywhere I can go for informal advice about divorce?

Q&A - Is there anywhere I can go for informal advice about divorce?

Q: My wife and I are considering divorce but I am unsure where to go for legal advice. Is there any way I can get some informal advice before committing myself to a particular solicitor?  - More...
Q&A - Can son-in-law get my charge removed from property I lent my daughter money to buy?

Q&A - Can son-in-law get my charge removed from property I lent my daughter money to buy?

Q: Five years ago I lent my daughter a large sum of money to buy a property, on the understanding that she would pay me back when the property was done up and sold at a profit. Because of the recession, however, she couldn't sell the property to repay me, so last year she provided a mortgage on it in the interim to secure my loan by way of a charge. Now my daughter's husband has filed for divorce and his solicitors have applied to the Court to have my charge removed. Can they do this? - More...
Q&A - Can you explain Stamp Duty Land Tax on commercial property sales?

Q&A - Can you explain Stamp Duty Land Tax on commercial property sales?

Q: How does Stamp Duty Land Tax work in relation to buying and selling commercial property? - More...
Q&A - My ex is being difficult about letting me see my son. What can I do?

Q&A - My ex is being difficult about letting me see my son. What can I do?

Q:  I am struggling to reach an agreement with my ex-wife about seeing my son.  I am in receipt of income support and wondered what my options would be? - More...
Walking boots or snow boots for Nigel's ninth charity walk?

Walking boots or snow boots for Nigel's ninth charity walk?

Despite the threat of further heavy snow, the IT Manager of one of the area's largest law firms will be putting on his walking shoes this Sunday to raise money for Derwen College near Oswestry. - More...
Law Firm open for business in town centre

Law Firm open for business in town centre

A law firm whose links with Llangollen date back to the late 1800s is returning to offices in the prominent four-storey Grade ll listed building in the heart of the town that it last occupied in 2008. - More...
Q&A - Can husband's company's assets form part of financial considerations in divorce?

Q&A - Can husband's company's assets form part of financial considerations in divorce?

Q: I have recently commenced divorce proceedings against my husband of 25 years. My husband owns a company of which he is in sole control. The company has substantial assets. Can the company's assets be taken into consideration in our financial settlement? - More...
Q&A - My employer had gone into administration. What are my rights?

Q&A - My employer had gone into administration. What are my rights?

Q. My employer has just gone into administration and I am concerned about my job. Can you tell me what my rights are in this situation? - More...
New department will help resolve family disputes under new law

New department will help resolve family disputes under new law

One of the area's largest Family Law teams is set to launch a new Family Dispute Resolution Department on 15th March. The new department will cater for legislation that from 1st April will put an end to Public Funding for separating couples and also to court hearings for those who have not first been through a mediation process with a Solicitor. - More...
Q&A - Can Mediation be used to change existing Children orders in separation?

Q&A - Can Mediation be used to change existing Children orders in separation?

Q: Since taking out a legal separation from my former partner six months ago both our circumstances have changed. We now want to sort out new arrangements for the children. I know Mediation is becoming very popular and is reported to be a cheaper way of dealing with matters surrounding divorce and separation, but can we do that when we already have arrangements that were ordered by the Court? - More...
Family lawyer qualifies in Mediation and Arbitration

Family lawyer qualifies in Mediation and Arbitration

A member of one of the largest and most highly respected Family Law Teams operating in North Wales and the Shropshire Borders has qualified as a Solicitor Arbitrator and Solicitor Mediator in preparation for new legislation that kicks in on April 1st 2013. - More...
Q&A - Can I claim compensation against car washer who caused black ice?

Q&A - Can I claim compensation against car washer who caused black ice?

Q: I was cycling on a very cold morning, carefully avoiding ice patches on otherwise dry roads. Suddenly I hit a patch of black ice, causing me to crash down on my side and fracture my elbow. I noticed someone had just washed their car. There was a dry patch where the car had been and black ice all around the space it had occupied on the road. Can I claim compensation? - More...
Lawyer celebrates some milestones in career

Lawyer celebrates some milestones in career

The Managing Partner of one of the area's largest law firms celebrated twenty years as a Solicitor this month and 14 years with his firm. - More...
Q&A - As a small business how can I avoid the pitfalls of supplying a major company?

Q&A - As a small business how can I avoid the pitfalls of supplying a major company?

Q: We are just a very small local business who only set up eighteen months ago, but we are in a niche market. Recently we received an enquiry for our products from a major household name company. After several meetings they are now talking about offering us a contract to supply them. I am, however, slightly nervous about entering into a contract with such a large company in case they think they can walk all over us. Can you point out any potential pitfalls? - More...
Q&A - Is Arbitration a better way of settling the financial aspects of a divorce?

Q&A - Is Arbitration a better way of settling the financial aspects of a divorce?

Q: My marriage is over and my estranged wife and I have agreed to divorce. So far things are amicable but I am concerned about certain financial aspects that I would prefer to keep out of Court. Can you explain about Family Arbitration and the advantages of going down that route to reach agreement on a settlement, as opposed to going along the conventional route? - More...
Q&A - Can I claim damages for industrial deafness?

Q&A - Can I claim damages for industrial deafness?

Q: I recently had a hearing test and was diagnosed with noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). I was made redundant four years ago after working for 30 years as a press operator, but have since discovered my old press shop has now been made an ear protection zone. Can I still make a claim? - More...
Q&A - Does anyone have liability for play equipment on private development where child was injured?

Q&A - Does anyone have liability for play equipment on private development where child was injured?

Q: My husband and I rented a large house on a private development so that the whole family could spend Christmas together. On the site was a very nice children's playground, but on our last day a chain broke on one of the swings when I was pushing my granddaughter, causing her to fly off it. In the fall she suffered a broken leg which then became infected. We have now been told she may have a permanent limp. The house owners deny responsibility, but someone must be liable for failing to maintain the play equipment. What should we do? - More...
Q&A - What will new legislation regarding No-Win No-Fee claims mean for victims?

Q&A - What will new legislation regarding No-Win No-Fee claims mean for victims?

Q: I have heard that the rules for claiming compensation are changing and that people will get less compensation for a personal injury. I have read so many different things about it, but am still unclear. Can you explain exactly what it means? - More...
Q&A - Is mum entitled to half the house that's in dad's name if she leaves him?

Q&A - Is mum entitled to half the house that's in dad's name if she leaves him?

Q: My mum moved in with her boyfriend nearly twenty years ago. Then they had me and my sister but they never got married. We are really fed up because our parents do nothing but fight these days. We think our mum should leave our dad but she says we would lose everything if she left him because even though she's been helping him to pay the mortgage and the bills, it's his house. But isn't she entitled to half the house if she's been helping to pay for it all these years? - More...
Oswestry Law firm GHP Legal offers free advice about compensation law changes

Oswestry Law firm GHP Legal offers free advice about compensation law changes

An Oswestry law firm is opening a free injury advice clinic, starting on 6th February, to deal with extra enquiries in the run up to legislation changes that will see accident and injury claimants getting less compensation after the end of March. - More...
Wrexham Law firm GHP Legal offers free advice about compensation law changes

Wrexham Law firm GHP Legal offers free advice about compensation law changes

A Wrexham law firm is opening a free injury advice clinic, starting on 2nd February, to deal with extra enquiries in the run up to legislation changes that will see accident and injury claimants getting less compensation after the end of March. - More...
Q&A - Can new owner of business terminate my retained contractor agreement?

Q&A - Can new owner of business terminate my retained contractor agreement?

Q: I am an IT contractor retained by clients on a twelve month basis. Last year one client was bought out by a bigger company. When I contacted them to introduce myself they told me they didn't want my services. I pointed out that my contract still had five months to run but they sent me a letter advising that they were terminating my contract. Can they do this? - More...
Q&A - Injury at work may stop me playing badminton. Am I entitled to compensation?

Q&A - Injury at work may stop me playing badminton. Am I entitled to compensation?

Q: I work in a small hotel. After Christmas I was asked to go up a ladder to take down the festive decorations. The manager footed the ladder but left when called to the kitchen.  The ladder slipped and I fell, breaking my ankle and dislocating my elbow which needed an operation on it. Although the hotel owners paid me when I was off work I am worried that I might have sustained permanent injury damage that could prevent me continuing to play badminton at county level. I have been told on-going physio will help but it is expensive. Can I claim compensation from my employer? - More...
Q&A - Must I use solicitor who got my details from my car insurer?

Q&A - Must I use solicitor who got my details from my car insurer?

Q: My car was hit from the rear when I was approaching a roundabout. In the accident I broke my thumb and sprained my neck. After I reported the car damage to my insurer I was then telephoned by several different companies, including car hire firms and even solicitors. Clearly my insurance company must have given them my details but I don't want to use these people. I would prefer to contact a local solicitor that I am familiar with. What should I do? - More...
Q&A - Is it easier and quicker to divorce if we have no children?

Q&A - Is it easier and quicker to divorce if we have no children?

Q: My husband and I have been married for twenty years but have drifted into almost separate lives. My husband is happy for us to continue living together but I would like to divorce whilst there is still time to meet someone with whom I have more in common. Will the fact that we don't have children make getting a divorce quicker and easier? - More...
Q&A - Can I claim in the UK for injury caused by overseas holiday accident?

Q&A - Can I claim in the UK for injury caused by overseas holiday accident?

Q:  During the summer I went on holiday to Turkey. On the second day I was walking in the hotel complex when I accidentally stepped into a drain that had no cover. I tripped, fell and broke my arm in two places. I also dislocated my elbow. The pain was excruciating. If I wanted to bring a claim against the hotel, do I need to find a solicitor in Turkey to help me? Or can I contact a solicitor in England or Wales who can bring a claim on my behalf? - More...
Q&A - If I divorce my husband, could he make me and my children homeless?

Q&A - If I divorce my husband, could he make me and my children homeless?

Q:  My husband is a selfish verbal bully who always puts himself before me and our four children. I would like to divorce him but I don't have a job and I cannot see him giving up our beautiful house in order that he can put a roof over our heads somewhere else. My friend says he cannot make us homeless but I am not so sure. Where do I stand? - More...
Vacancy for Property/Probate Solicitor, Legal Executive or Licensed Conveyancer

Vacancy for Property/Probate Solicitor, Legal Executive or Licensed Conveyancer

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Q&A - How long can I wait to claim compensation for a workplace injury?

Q&A - How long can I wait to claim compensation for a workplace injury?

Q:  I am an agency worker but have been at the same firm for the last six months and am hoping to be offered a permanent position there. However, a few weeks ago I was hit by a forklift truck that was operating outside the designated machinery area. I had to have time off for an injury to my leg which happened in the collision. I am sure I would be entitled to claim compensation but I am worried that if I put in a claim I might lose my job. The boss certainly wouldn't contemplate offering me a permanent position. How long can I put off making a claim? - More...
Q&A - Can my ex-wife stop me seeing my children?

Q&A - Can my ex-wife stop me seeing my children?

Q:  After getting divorced last year I got a new place to live and have had my children to stay every weekend since then. My ex-wife has been fine about the arrangement up until a few weeks ago when my new partner moved in with me. Now my ex-wife has taken objection is saying she will not let me see our children because she doesn't like my new partner. What should I do? - More...
Q&A - Problems with staff

Q&A - Problems with staff

Q:  I run a small business and, until recently, I have never had any problems with my staff.  An employee of mine recently walked out and is now threatening to take me to an employment tribunal.  I do not see that there is any merit in the employee's case but I have been told that I will not be able to recover my legal costs in defending the claim if his claim fails.  Is that correct? - More...
Q&A -  was injured doing job I wasn't trained to do. Can I claim compensation?

Q&A - was injured doing job I wasn't trained to do. Can I claim compensation?

Q:  I work as a typist but a while ago my boss asked me to help load boxes onto one of the vans as he was short staffed. I agreed, but found the boxes really heavy and when I had finished loading I was experiencing severe pain in my lower back. The pain worsened and my GP sent me to hospital where a ruptured disc was diagnosed. I am now receiving treatment but recovery is slow and meanwhile it has affected my lifestyle, preventing me from doing activities I did previously. I am also now having to pay for physio as NHS treatments were insufficient. Can I claim compensation for my physio? - More...
Q&A - Trip on broken paving slab

Q&A - Trip on broken paving slab

Q:  I was walking along my local high street on a Monday lunchtime approximately 4 weeks ago to go and get something to eat during my lunch hour when I tripped and fell on a broken paving slab.  When I fell to the ground I put out my hands in front of me to break my fall and in doing so I broke my right wrist.   I am a secretary and have been unable to work for the last month.  Do I have a case against the council?  If I do have a case against the council can I reclaim any lost earnings? A:  Council's throughout the country have a duty to regularly inspect, maintain and repair local footpaths.  It is for the council to show that they have a reasonable (and effective) inspection regime in place.  If the council can not produce evidence that the area where you tripped was inspected regularly and that any defects were spotted and quickly repaired then you may have a case.  The first step is to contact a local solicitor who will be able to advise you further on your case (and will likely want to see photographs and measurements of the defect - or obtain their own) and prepare a letter directed to the council giving brief details of your claim and also requesting copies of the relevant inspection records.  Once your solicitor has a copy of the relevant inspection records they will be much better placed to advise you on the viability of your case. If you were successful in pursuing a claim in personal injury against the council you would be able to include a claim for any earnings that you have lost as a direct result of the injury they caused. Further information relating to this question is available from John Hulme, a Partner with GHP Legal on 01691 659194 or attend one of our FREE legal diagnostic clinics every Wednesday 12-3pm Oswestry (no appointment necessary) or from Stuart Thomas, a Solicitor with GHP Legal on 01978 291456 or attend one of our FREE legal diagnostic clinics every Monday 12-3pm Wrexham (no appointment necessary). GHP Legal holds the Law Society Lexcel Quality Mark Accreditation - More...
Q&A - Care Fees

Q&A - Care Fees

Q. My mother has advanced dementia. Her liquid assets are depleted and I must sell her house to meet the care fees. She has always refused to grant me any formal powers to manage her affairs. What should I do? - More...
Q&A - Inappropriate comments at work

Q&A - Inappropriate comments at work

Q:   I am a young Muslim man, the only Muslim in my place of work.  I do my job well and I get on with other colleagues in my office. I am however getting increasingly upset about comments made to me regularly by my supervisor that relate to my religion. I find these comments both offensive and inappropriate.  I also feel that I am missing out on promotions and I cannot help wondering whether this may also have something to do with my religion.  Is there anything that I can do? - More...
Q&A - I do not know who knocked me down?

Q&A - I do not know who knocked me down?

Q:  I have recently left hospital after suffering severe injuries following a hit and run accident.  Approximately 1 month ago I was walking home from a night out when I was knocked over by a vehicle, I was knocked unconscious and can remember very little about the incident.  I certainly don't remember what type of vehicle hit me, neither could I identify the driver if asked.  The subsequent police investigation has not been able to find the vehicle, the driver involved, or any witnesses to the accident.  I have suffered serious head injuries and a broken femur and pelvis.  Is there any way that I can pursue a claim? - More...
Q&A - Is it true there is to be an increase in the amounts paid for injury damages?

Q&A - Is it true there is to be an increase in the amounts paid for injury damages?

Q:  My friend has been urging me to make a claim against the Highways Department for injuries I received when I caught my foot in a large pothole as I was crossing the road in the dark. The problem was probably made worse by the fact that the street lights were turned off on that stretch of road a few months ago to save the local authority money. - More...
Q&A - Long Lease

Q&A - Long Lease

Q: I am considering taking a long lease of an industrial unit. The proposed Lease is on a full repairing and insuring basis. What does this mean? - More...
Q&A - Unfair Dismissal

Q&A - Unfair Dismissal

Q:  I have recently been dismissed from my job on an assembly line at a local factory.  The reason given by my employer was that I was not meeting the required standards of productivity. I was never given any target and I was never put on notice that my productivity was not sufficient therefore I was never given a chance to improve.  I have been working at the factory for just over 1 and half years.  I feel that I may have a claim for unfair dismissal but I have been informed by one of my old work colleagues that the qualifying period for being able to bring an unfair dismissal claim is now 2 years. - More...
Q&A - My long term partner has physically beaten me and verbally abused me for years

Q&A - My long term partner has physically beaten me and verbally abused me for years

Q: My long term partner has physically beaten me and verbally abused me for years. I am afraid if I apply to the Court for an injunction I will be homeless as she is the sole owner of the property. - More...
Law Firm offering Free Wills until end of October

Law Firm offering Free Wills until end of October

One of the area's largest law firms is participating in Free Wills Month during October to support charities and to highlight how dying intestate can result in added difficulties for families, often leading to unintended consequences. - More...
Q&A - Death of Elderly Aunt

Q&A - Death of Elderly Aunt

Q: My elderly aunt died 2 years ago leaving a large amount of money. Her Will appointed her only son as the executor, and she left her estate to her son, my two brothers and me in equal shares. Her son arranged and paid for the funeral and obtained a grant of probate but has done nothing else and he won't give us any information regarding our share of the inheritance. What can we do? - More...
Local Solicitors back Law Society campaign

Local Solicitors back Law Society campaign

A leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm is backing the Law Society's "Ask a Solicitor" campaign by encouraging more local people to take advantage of its free legal clinics. - More...
Q&A - Tenants or Squatters?

Q&A - Tenants or Squatters?

Q: I have tenants living in one of my properties, they are refusing to move and their lease has expired.  I have seen an article in a newspaper recently saying that squatting is now a criminal offence - can I ask the police to remove them?  - More...
Q&A - What happens if a beneficiary dies before the estate is settled?

Q&A - What happens if a beneficiary dies before the estate is settled?

Q:  An aunt of mine died earlier this year. In her Will she left everything to be split equally between her two daughters. Even though probate had not yet been granted, the sisters put their mother's house on the market. Before a buyer could be found and the money from the sale distributed, however, one of the sisters died. All of this has got me thinking about my own family situation and has made me wonder about a couple of points which I hope you can clarify. Firstly, is it correct that property in an estate can be sold before Probate is granted? And secondly, what happens to someone's share of an estate if they die before the Will is settled?  - More...
Q&A - Can company that is taking over make us redundant?

Q&A - Can company that is taking over make us redundant?

Q:  The company I work for is about to be taken over by a bigger company that is planning to move part of its operation onto our site. If they bring their own workers with them there will be too many people for the jobs and my colleagues and I are concerned that we will be the ones to be made redundant. We don't belong to a Union. What should we do? - More...
Q&A - How do we get Probate if Grandfather hasn't left a Will?

Q&A - How do we get Probate if Grandfather hasn't left a Will?

Q:  My grandfather always refused to discuss his financial arrangements with any of the family. We don't know whether he has made a Will. If he hasn't, do we need to apply for Probate and how do we go about it? - More...
Q&A - Manufacturer won't give me a refund for faulty jacket

Q&A - Manufacturer won't give me a refund for faulty jacket

Q:  In July this year I bought a very expensive jacket from a shop. The label claimed it was ‘fully waterproof and breathable'. A few weeks later I was caught in a heavy rain storm and when I took the jacket off later, my clothes underneath were soaking wet. I emailed the manufacturer who suggested I must have washed the jacket in a non-recommended product. I replied that it had not been washed at all. Now the manufacturers have agreed to send a pre-paid bag to return the jacket for testing. They say if it proves to be faulty they will provide a free replacement to the same value, but not a refund. Unfortunately I don't like anything in their current range. What should I do? - More...
Mental Health specialist brands report findings scandalous

Mental Health specialist brands report findings scandalous

A leading family and mental health legal expert, who earlier this year set up a new unit at his firm to help vulnerable adults and their families with a wide range of issues, has branded a report about support offered to mental health patients in Wales as ‘scandalous'. - More...
Solicitor warns time is running out for care fee claimants

Solicitor warns time is running out for care fee claimants

Although there has been a high level of enquiries in the past couple of months about eligibility for recouping care home fees that were wrongfully paid between 1st April 2004 and 31st March 2011, a Wrexham law firm believes there could still be many families in England and Wales who are unaware that they may be able to claim. - More...
Daring Delyth set to bare all on stage

Daring Delyth set to bare all on stage

A Wrexham woman who entered amateur dramatics as a schoolgirl will be swapping her business suit for her birthday suit when she takes a lead role in the production of Calendar Girls to be staged at The Forum Studio Theatre, Chester, from 10th - 22nd September. - More...
Q&A - How will being listed affect work I want to do on my property and will work be VAT exempt?

Q&A - How will being listed affect work I want to do on my property and will work be VAT exempt?

Q:  I have seen a Listed Property I would like to buy. How will it being listed affect what I do with the Property?  I want to alter it and I had heard there is a VAT exemption for works to Listed Buildings, is that correct? - More...
Q&A - Is it too late to claim compensation for injuries received in crash two months ago?

Q&A - Is it too late to claim compensation for injuries received in crash two months ago?

Q:  I was a passenger in a friend's car which was involved in an accident two months ago. Although I suffered what paramedics described as minor injuries I didn't pursue a claim for damages at the time because I believed there was no permanent damage and it seemed disloyal to my friend. However, I have since developed quite severe neck pain which my GP thinks is accident related and has recommended physiotherapy. As the NHS waiting list is eight weeks or more and you are only allowed so many appointments in my area, I have decided to go privately, which I can ill-afford. Is it too late to pursue a claim? - More...
Q&A - Will Polish wife's overseas pension be included in divorce settlement?

Q&A - Will Polish wife's overseas pension be included in divorce settlement?

Q: Ten years ago my brother married a Polish dentist. She moved to the UK when they married and immediately started work with a local practice and began paying into a UK pension scheme. Prior to that she had worked and paid into a pension scheme in Poland for eight years. They don't have any children and my brother has not paid into a private pension scheme. Sadly their marriage is not working out and my brother wants a divorce. I said his wife's Polish pension would be taken into account in the divorce settlement but he disagrees. Which of us is right? A: As is the case with all matrimonial assets under current UK law, your sister-in-law's pension entitlement will be taken into account when the assets are split - irrespective of the country it is held in. She and your brother will both be required to make a full and frank disclosure of all their assets and the Court will apply Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 to decide who is entitled to what in the ancillary relief divorce proceedings. The outcome of the Court's decision will depend on each party's respective needs. - More...
Lawyer urges split families to open the barriers for National Family Week

Lawyer urges split families to open the barriers for National Family Week

Separated parents in the area are being urged to put their differences aside and their children first during National Family Week which takes place from 25th to 31st August and aims to promote positive family values and inspire a new generation to champion and cherish family life. - More...
Q&A - What happens if bequeathed gift is no longer in estate when Will is read?

Q&A - What happens if bequeathed gift is no longer in estate when Will is read?

Q:   My mother has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home. Last week my aunt told me that my mother had promised to leave her a valuable piece of family jewellery in her Will, a piece which she herself had inherited from their mother. The problem is that my sister and I were unaware of this and as we have joint power of attorney over our mother's affairs we sold the piece of jewellery to help pay for her care. I fear my aunt could become extremely difficult about this when the time comes for our mother's Will to be read. What will happen if the jewellery is bequeathed to her and it is no longer in our mother's estate? - More...
Q&A - I heard my ex-wife is planning to emigrate with our son. What should I do?

Q&A - I heard my ex-wife is planning to emigrate with our son. What should I do?

Q:  I believe my ex-wife is planning to emigrate to South Africa with her new partner and our twelve year old son. She has not discussed it with me, even though we both have parental responsibility. What should I do? - More...
Q&A - Can I take paid time off work to spend with my Civil Partner's new baby?

Q&A - Can I take paid time off work to spend with my Civil Partner's new baby?

Q.  My partner is pregnant after undergoing IVF treatment using a donor egg.  She will be taking maternity leave from work and I would like to take some time off work after our baby is born.  We are registered civil partners in a same sex relationship. I have been in the same job for three years. Am I entitled to any paid leave for this? - More...
Lawyer slams disrespectful insurers during National Road Victim Month

Lawyer slams disrespectful insurers during National Road Victim Month

Every year in August, during National Road Victim Month, the country remembers those who have been killed or injured on our roads. But a Personal Injury Lawyer who has worked across the county for many years believes the time should also be used to raise awareness of the lack of respect shown by insurers and those they sell claims to for the victims of road accidents. - More...
Q&A - Is my Aunt entitled to claim from the NHS for nursing care?

Q&A - Is my Aunt entitled to claim from the NHS for nursing care?

Q:  I have an elderly spinster aunt who after having a severe stroke has been in a nursing home for the past eighteen months and will spend the remainder of her days there. As her next of kin I was going to sell her home to pay for her care as her savings are diminishing at an alarming rate. However, someone has recently told me the NHS should be paying for her care as she requires nursing. Is this correct? - More...
Q&A - Can dismissed self-employed worker take me to a Tribunal?

Q&A - Can dismissed self-employed worker take me to a Tribunal?

Q:  I engage a number of entertainers to work in my restaurant bar six nights a week. They work on a rota basis and are treated as part of the team, attending meetings etc., but they are all self-employed. One of them has let me down several times recently, and because I was unable to fill her slot in time I decided to terminate her contract and engage someone more reliable. Now she says she has made an appointment to see a solicitor about taking me to a tribunal for unfair dismissal because she had a valid reason to be off work. How can she do that when she is self-employed? - More...
Q&A - What are the benefits of having a co-habitation document?

Q&A - What are the benefits of having a co-habitation document?

Q:  My girlfriend and I have been cohabiting for many years and now wish to separate.  We own a house together and I am worried what will happen to it. Is there such a thing as common law man and wife? We did not have a cohabitation agreement and I am wondering about such a document should I live with someone again in the future. Can you advise me of the benefits of this please? - More...
Q&A - What will forthcoming automatic pension scheme enrolment mean for a small business?

Q&A - What will forthcoming automatic pension scheme enrolment mean for a small business?

Q.  I run a small business and have been reading more and more about having to automatically enrol my employees into a pension scheme.  What does this mean for me? - More...
Lawyer warns rush is on for retrospective healthcare claims

Lawyer warns rush is on for retrospective healthcare claims

A county lawyer has issued a warning to people intending to register a claim for retrospective payment of self-funded continuing healthcare costs that should have been paid for by the NHS. - More...
Q&A - Can I stop my ex-wife from moving our daughter to another school?

Q&A - Can I stop my ex-wife from moving our daughter to another school?

Q:  My daughter lives with my ex-wife. Without even discussing the matter with me she announced last week that she is going to move our daughter from her existing secondary school to another school in September. I am not happy about this arrangement as I have heard less than favourable reports about this other school.  I have tried to talk to my ex-wife but she won't listen and says it is nothing to do with me because our daughter lives with her. What can I do? - More...
Q&A - Can we suspend employee without pay?

Q&A - Can we suspend employee without pay?

Q.  We have an employee who has been arrested and charged as it is alleged he has stolen large amounts of money from our company.  The employee is not in custody and we do not want him to come into work so we want to suspend him.  His contract of employment allows us to suspend him with pay. However, as the allegations are so serious we want to withhold his pay during the period of suspension. If after we have investigated there is no case to answer, we would then pay him full backdated pay.  Can we do this? - More...
Q&A - Does lodger have legal right to stay in house without written agreement?

Q&A - Does lodger have legal right to stay in house without written agreement?

Q:  I took in a lodger as I needed extra money. He has his own bedroom and uses shared facilities with me. I now want to move away and rent the property out formally to someone else. I have asked him to leave but he is refusing to move out. He says because I accepted money from him he now has a legal tenancy as he has been in the property over 12 months. We have no written agreement. What can I do? - More...
Leading family law team believes proposed access changes may not be in children's best interests

Leading family law team believes proposed access changes may not be in children's best interests

Government proposals to change the law relating to children and separating parents could be a double edged sword according to one of the area's largest family law teams. - More...
Q&A- How can I protect myself from cowboy builders?

Q&A- How can I protect myself from cowboy builders?

Q:  I'm about to have some building work done on my property, but I'm concerned about ‘cowboy builders'. What can I do to protect myself against potential problems? - More...
Young mother qualifies as Solicitor after six years part-time studying

Young mother qualifies as Solicitor after six years part-time studying

A young Oswestry mother has qualified as a Solicitor after six years of juggling home life and a young son with part time studies and a career as a Police Station Representative. - More...
Free employment contract health check highlights importance of compliance

Free employment contract health check highlights importance of compliance

Employers in the Wrexham area are being offered a free contract health check by one the area's leading law firms. The offer is part of a drive to highlight the importance of complying with the statutory requirement to provide a contract of employment or written statement, and the pitfalls of non-compliance. - More...
Q&A - Can employer make me work on Sundays during the Olympic Games?

Q&A - Can employer make me work on Sundays during the Olympic Games?

Q.  I have heard that when the Olympic Games are on shops will be able to open for longer on Sundays.  I work in a large supermarket and I also occasionally work on Sundays.  Now I am worried that my employer will decide to take advantage of the extra opening hours and will try to make me work every Sunday when the Olympic Games are on.  Can he do this? - More...
Time changes for free legal clinic sessions

Time changes for free legal clinic sessions

A walk-in free legal clinic which has been running in Wrexham since last year is to change its opening times. - More...
Q&A - My husband's boss is complaining cancer is preventing him doing his job

Q&A - My husband's boss is complaining cancer is preventing him doing his job

Q:  My husband is undergoing treatment for cancer every few weeks. As a result he has not been able to fulfil his usual duties at work, but has still gone in even when he has been feeling dreadful. His boss has made a number of remarks about him not being able to do the job properly and he is worried he will lose the job, especially as there have been redundancies in the past year. Could they get rid of him? - More...
Leading law firm expands Civil Litigation team

Leading law firm expands Civil Litigation team

A Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights in Civil Proceedings who specialises in highly complex professional negligence, construction and property disputes and contentious probate matters has joined the Civil Litigation Department of leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm, GHP Legal. - More...
Time changes for free legal clinic sessions

Time changes for free legal clinic sessions

A walk-in free legal clinic which has been running in Oswestry since last year is to change its opening times. - More...
Q&A - Dealing with probate when the deceased's assets are in two countries

Q&A - Dealing with probate when the deceased's assets are in two countries

Q:  My parents moved to South Africa some years ago. They won't talk about what might happen to their estate when they die and I am concerned that I and my siblings might be left with a problem as they have assets both here and abroad. Is there anything we need to know about probate in such circumstances? - More...
Q&A - How best can we protect our separate interests if we buy a house together?

Q&A - How best can we protect our separate interests if we buy a house together?

Q:   As an unmarried couple intending to buy a house together what can we do to avoid an expensive legal battle over ownership of the property if our relationship should break down? - More...
Wrexham Solicitor criticises ICO as new Cookie regulations crumble into confusion

Wrexham Solicitor criticises ICO as new Cookie regulations crumble into confusion

A Wrexham solicitor has criticised the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for changing the rules at the twelfth hour about new website regulations that came into force last Saturday which require businesses to obtain permission from users before applying cookies. - More...
Employment specialist joins Wrexham legal team

Employment specialist joins Wrexham legal team

A highly experienced Solicitor who specialises in providing Employment Law and HR advice to businesses and individuals has joined GHP Legal, one of the area's largest law firms which has offices in Wrexham, Llangollen and Oswestry. - More...
Probate Service data uncovers DIY Wills and Probate dangers

Probate Service data uncovers DIY Wills and Probate dangers

Probate Service data has shown that less than half of all probate grants issued in 2011 came from Wills prepared by a qualified solicitor, and 56% of last year's probate grants were issued directly to individuals. - More...
Q&A - Is it an offence to poison a neighbour's tree?

Q&A - Is it an offence to poison a neighbour's tree?

Q:  My neighbour's tree overhangs my fence and it is so large that it cuts out the light from a large area of my small garden. I have repeatedly asked him to cut it down but he has refused. In fact he has been quite nasty. The roots are right against my fence. Would I be committing an offence if I poisoned the tree? - More...
Welsh property owners warned time is running out for septic tank registration

Welsh property owners warned time is running out for septic tank registration

A Wrexham solicitor has issued a warning to people living in Wales who have septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants to ensure they are registered with the Environment Agency. - More...
Q&A - Do I need extra provision to protect my children's inheritance when I remarry?

Q&A - Do I need extra provision to protect my children's inheritance when I remarry?

Q:  After my first wife died I changed my Will, leaving everything to my three sons. Recently I have been blessed with meeting someone else and we are getting married. The lady in question is financially independent and we will live in my house after we are married and rent her house out. When anything happens to one of us we will revert to living how we did before and our respective children will remain sole beneficiaries as per our current Wills. Do we need to make extra provisions? A:  Once you marry your existing Will is automatically revoked, leaving you intestate. So if you wish your children to inherit everything on your death you will need to make a new Will. It is also worth considering that circumstances can change and you may want to ensure your new wife has some protection. Including a Life Interest Trust in your Will would enable you to offer your new wife some security by giving her the right to receive the income generated by your cash assets and/or the right to live in your house during her lifetime whilst allowing you to control the ultimate destination of your capital assets. You can state the terms under which she can remain in the house - until she dies, or remarries - at which point the house will pass to your chosen beneficiaries i.e. your three sons. By setting up a Life Interest Trust you can also effectively ring fence the funds and assets held within it and therefore prevent them from being taken into account for funding if your wife should require full time residential care following your death. Assets held in trust would also be protected in the event of your wife being declared bankrupt. Further information relating to this question is available from Penny Bomphrey, a Solicitor with GHP Legal in Wrexham on 01978 291456, or attend one of our FREE legal diagnostic clinics every Monday 12-5pm Wrexham (no appointment necessary) or from Emma Jacobs, a Solicitor with GHP Legal in Oswestry on 01691 659194, or attend one of our FREE legal diagnostic clinics every Wednesday 12-5pm Oswestry (no appointment necessary). - More...
Lawyers welcome new sentencing guidelines for dangerous dog owners

Lawyers welcome new sentencing guidelines for dangerous dog owners

Local lawyers have welcomed the new guidelines issued by the Sentencing Council which will see the owners of dangerous dogs held to greater account and even made to pay compensation to victims who have been attacked by the dogs. - More...
Solicitor warns businesses about cookie diet

Solicitor warns businesses about cookie diet

A Wrexham solicitor has issued a warning to local businesses about the need to comply with new website regulations due to kick in on May 26th which will require them to get permission for using cookies. - More...
Q&A - When is best time to request review of NHS care funding denial decision?

Q&A - When is best time to request review of NHS care funding denial decision?

Q:  My mother had to go into care two years ago because she was diagnosed with dementia and I was working away and couldn't look after her. My brother and I applied for NHS Continuing Health Care Funding on her behalf but the application was turned down. Since then her condition has worsened and her care needs are even greater. My brother says we should ask for a review of the original funding decision but I think we should wait until she gets worse and then appeal the decision. What would be best? - More...
Divorcing couples urged to sort out children before funding aid runs out.

Divorcing couples urged to sort out children before funding aid runs out.

Following royal assent of Legal Aid reforms, a local solicitor is urging separating couples to sort out problems relating to their children as soon as possible. - More...
Q&A - As first time home buyers what do we need to be aware of?

Q&A - As first time home buyers what do we need to be aware of?

Q:  My partner and I are thinking of buying our first house before prices increase. We have looked at a few properties but the agents are so pushy and we are nervous about taking such an important step. What kind of things do we need to be aware of? - More...
Q&A - Corporate Manslaughter - Employer responsibility for company vehicles & drivers

Q&A - Corporate Manslaughter - Employer responsibility for company vehicles & drivers

Q:  I have several pool cars which staff use when making company visits. What are the implications for employers under the Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act, if for example an employee caused a fatal accident whilst driving a company vehicle? - More...
Q&A - We are not married but have made mirror Wills - is this the right thing to do?

Q&A - We are not married but have made mirror Wills - is this the right thing to do?

Q.  My partner and I have lived together for many years and have raised two children. We have jointly owned assets worth around £750,000.00. We have no plans to marry but have made 'mirror' wills leaving everything to each other. Is this sufficient to safeguard the other's future if one of us dies? - More...
Q&A - Do we have a case for bringing a clinical negligence claim?

Q&A - Do we have a case for bringing a clinical negligence claim?

Q:  My husband suffered a brain aneurysm last year. The hospital failed to diagnose it for several days, sending him away with instructions to take paracetamol. They only accepted his condition was serious when we returned and refused to leave until a senior doctor had seen him. By then the aneurysm had ballooned and it was too dangerous to operate. He was rushed to another hospital where he lay in an induced coma for several weeks until they could operate. - More...
Local lawyer says call for will writing regulation is long overdue

Local lawyer says call for will writing regulation is long overdue

A local lawyer has backed an announcement made today by the Legal Services Board (LSB), calling for all will writing and estate administration to be regulated. - More...
New injury reporting rules will undermine effectiveness of HSE

New injury reporting rules will undermine effectiveness of HSE

Changes to the way workplace injuries must be reported have been criticised by a local employment law specialist. - More...
Q&A - Is divorce procedure for civil partners the same as for married couples?

Q&A - Is divorce procedure for civil partners the same as for married couples?

Q:  My partner has admitted he is having an affair. We entered into a civil partnership just eight months ago but I want to end it as I won't ever trust him again. Is the procedure the same as for adultery in the case of a divorcing married couple? As I don't work, will I be entitled to maintenance? A:  You will need to apply for a Civil Partnership Dissolution. The term ‘Divorce' only applies to a terminating marriage. You will also need to apply to one of the country's nine civil partnership county courts, or to the Principal Registry of the Family Division in London. As with a divorce, you must have been in a civil partnership for more than one year before it can be dissolved. There is however one difference when it comes to grounds for officially ending the relationship. In the case of both a marriage and a civil partnership the petitioner must prove to the court that the relationship has broken down irretrievably. However, only married couples can use grounds of adultery. To end a civil partnership you must prove that: your partner behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them; your partner deserted you at least two years ago; you and your partner have lived apart for at least two years and you both consent to the civil partnership being dissolved; you and your partner have lived apart for at least five years, in which case you do not need their consent for the dissolution. - More...
Q&A - Can I be held responsible for deceased benefactor's underpaid tax?

Q&A - Can I be held responsible for deceased benefactor's underpaid tax?

Q:  Two years ago I and another beneficiary who was also Executor, inherited equal shares of an uncle's estate. After gaining probate the Executor, who lived in the US, sadly died. I later received a demand from HMRC for several hundred pounds, an equal portion of monies purportedly owed to them by my uncle for underpaid income tax. I informed them of the other beneficiary's passing and now they say I am liable for what is owed in full. Can this be right? - More...
Lawyer backs Age Cymru campaign to stamp out elderly abuse

Lawyer backs Age Cymru campaign to stamp out elderly abuse

A Wrexham lawyer has pledged his support for Age Cymru's 'Rule Out Abuse' campaign, but has warned that elderly abuse is often related to financial rather than physical abuse. - More...
Q&A - Do we have to pay for leaking tap after landlord promised to fix it?

Q&A - Do we have to pay for leaking tap after landlord promised to fix it?

Q:  When my partner and I took a short term lease on a house last year the landlord indicated a leaking basin tap that she said would be fixed. It was still leaking when we moved in so we contacted the letting agent who sent a plumber. He changed the washer but said the tap itself needed replacing. We told the agent this but were informed the lease states repairs are at the landlord's discretion and she won't replace the tap, we must. The tap still leaks, is causing damp and we are concerned for the health of our young son who has asthma. What can we do? - More...
Pre-nup agreement is best available asset protector

Pre-nup agreement is best available asset protector

Following a landmark case in the Court of Appeal that saw a West End star lose part of a £1.7 million settlement that had already been awarded when his civil partnership ended, couples in the county are being warned to set up a pre-nuptial agreement to protect assets acquired prior to entering a formal relationship. - More...
Q&A:- What happens if I get buyer for part of business and put the rest into administration?

Q&A:- What happens if I get buyer for part of business and put the rest into administration?

Q:  I have really struggled to keep my business going over the past two years due to lack of available investment funding. Now I am looking to find a buyer for one part of the business and put the other part into administration. I do have someone already interested in buying part of the business. Would the administrators who are appointed for the other part of the business follow through on any sale arrangements I might instigate? - More...
Q&A - Should my blind father make a Will in Braille?

Q&A - Should my blind father make a Will in Braille?

Q:  My father made a Will more than twenty years ago leaving everything to my mother. Unfortunately she passed away last year and my father is now blind. He knows he should make a new will but he doesn't know how to go about doing it because he can't see. Can you advise what he should do? Would we need to have the will made in braille? - More...
County lawyer warns bosses to get driving at work policies in place

County lawyer warns bosses to get driving at work policies in place

A Shropshire lawyer has warned that employers could be held responsible if an employee is charged with using a mobile phone whilst driving to a business meeting. - More...
Law firm awarded prestigious Law Society Quality Mark

Law firm awarded prestigious Law Society Quality Mark

A leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm has been awarded the prestigious Lexcel Quality Mark from the Law Society for its high standard of practice management. - More...
Q&A - I believe previous tenants' debts are affecting my credit rating

Q&A - I believe previous tenants' debts are affecting my credit rating

Q:  I have been living in the same rented house for almost a year. The tenants who lived here before me left considerable debts behind and I have had bailiffs knocking on my door on more than one occasion. Now I have been refused a loan and I am worried it is because the address I live at has been blackballed due to the former tenant's debts. What can I do to clear my name? - More...
Nigel clocks up 80 miles for college

Nigel clocks up 80 miles for college

A local IT Manager is seeking sponsorship and urging others to take part in what will be his eighth walk to raise funds for Derwen College just outside Oswestry. - More...
Oswestry solicitor returns to firm where he trained

Oswestry solicitor returns to firm where he trained

A Shropshire solicitor who lives on the outskirts of Oswestry is to return to the Willow Street law firm where he trained. - More...
Q&A - Employer ignored broken chair that caused back injury. Can I claim compensation?

Q&A - Employer ignored broken chair that caused back injury. Can I claim compensation?

Q:  Months ago I complained to my employer about my broken desk chair which was forcing me to sit in the wrong position for typing. Nothing was done and I started getting back pain. My GP sent me for x-rays and it transpires I have a collapsed disc which has trapped a nerve in my back and requires an operation. I was told the operation may not cure the pain and I could be left with impaired movement. Can I sue my employer for compensation? - More...
Q&A - How can I minimise the impact of potential bad debts in my business?

Q&A - How can I minimise the impact of potential bad debts in my business?

Q:  I run a small business supplying goods to other businesses and wondered if you could give me some tips to help minimise the impact of potential bad debts? - More...
Q&A - What happens if father's Will cannot be found and how do I know if it's valid?

Q&A - What happens if father's Will cannot be found and how do I know if it's valid?

Q:  My father doesn't like people knowing about his private affairs, even close family, and he doesn't believe in solicitors. Although he says he has made a Will I haven't seen it and if it exists I don't know where it is. I am worried what will happen when he dies, if I either can't find his Will or else it hasn't been drawn up properly. - More...
Business and Divorce - a marriage not always made in heaven

Business and Divorce - a marriage not always made in heaven

It is a sad fact that the financial climate has not just caused the demise of some businesses, but also the demise of some marriages. Worse are cases where husbands and wives or civil partners work together in a family business and the demise of the marriage has forced the demise of the business. This now very real problem highlights the importance of business owners taking necessary steps to protect the business and its assets. - More...
Q&A - How can I protect myself against Property Fraud?

Q&A - How can I protect myself against Property Fraud?

Q.  I have read that property fraud is on the increase. As I don't live in one of the properties I own, could it be at risk of fraud and how can I protect against it? - More...
Q&A - Can employer dismiss me before April 6th unfair dismissal changes come in?

Q&A - Can employer dismiss me before April 6th unfair dismissal changes come in?

Q:  I recently read somewhere that the time limit to qualify for unfair dismissal is going to increase from twelve months to twenty four months from 6th April. By the beginning of April I will have worked for my employer for twenty months. We don't get on that well and I am worried that he might come up with some excuse to sack me before April in order to avoid me qualifying for unfair dismissal rights. Is there any protection for me? - More...
County lawyer advises scrap dealers to pay by cheque

County lawyer advises scrap dealers to pay by cheque

A leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm issued advice to scrap metal merchants today following reports of a sharp rise in metal theft in the region. - More...
Q&A - Seller took deposit but failed to deliver shed and has now gone bust

Q&A - Seller took deposit but failed to deliver shed and has now gone bust

Q:     I put a £500 cash deposit down on a garden shed last summer, on a four week delivery.  .  After six, eight and twelve weeks it had not arrived.  When the Seller would not return my deposit I started Court proceedings gained a judgment against them.  But when I asked for him to be orally examined by the Court I received documentation from a debt company requesting the shed seller pay me back over five years. What should I do? - More...
Q&A - My wife left me for another man. Can she force me to sell farm to pay her out?

Q&A - My wife left me for another man. Can she force me to sell farm to pay her out?

Q:  I have been married for more than twenty years. At Christmas my wife admitted she had been having an affair for several years. She said she had stayed with me for the sake of our two children aged ten and fourteen. We had a blazing row and she left. Now she wants a divorce. My worry is that we own a farm and that is my livelihood. Will she be entitled to part of it if we divorce? Will I have to sell up? - More...
Q&A - No-one wants to take responsibility for leaking roof on my new conservatory

Q&A - No-one wants to take responsibility for leaking roof on my new conservatory

Q: I had a conservatory built last September. Following the heavy rain after Christmas, the roof leaked. I rang the company who supplied and built the conservatory and they sent someone out. I was told the leak was due to a faulty component and they would contact the manufacturer. Two weeks later the manufacturer came around and told me the fault was with the builder who supplied and fitted it. No-one wants to take responsibility, what can I do? - More...
Q&A - How can Alzheimer sufferer's affairs be managed without Power of Attorney?

Q&A - How can Alzheimer sufferer's affairs be managed without Power of Attorney?

Q:  My friend's father has been suffering for Alzheimer's for some time. She has been looking after him but can no longer cope and is looking for a suitable care home for him. The problem is that despite me and others telling her she should get Power of Attorney whilst he was still able to agree to it, she didn't. Now she doesn't know what to do for the best. What can you advise? - More...
Lawyer warns businesses to plan ahead of new data protection legislation

Lawyer warns businesses to plan ahead of new data protection legislation

A Shropshire lawyer has warned that proposed amendments to data protection rules which were designed to bring greater legal certainty and improve efficiency will in fact impose a significant burden on UK companies who may have to make substantial investments to ensure they are compliant. - More...
Q&A - Can I give my Inheritance to my Daughter?

Q&A - Can I give my Inheritance to my Daughter?

Q:  My widowed mother recently died, leaving her house between me and my two sisters and £40,000 in savings and investments to be shared equally between her six grandchildren.  The house has been valued at £225,000 and my daughter would like to buy it.  My sisters are happy with that but my daughter would need help to raise a deposit for a mortgage.  Could I give my share of the house to her as a deposit?  And could the house be signed over to her directly or would it have to be transferred in my name and that of my siblings? - More...
Q&A - Can I demand a different job until I recover from back injury sustained at work?

Q&A - Can I demand a different job until I recover from back injury sustained at work?

Q:  I work for a large company as a service engineer. Before Christmas I injured my back at work. My GP ordered a scan and meanwhile signed me off work as he said I shouldn't be doing anything until we knew what was wrong. A scan has now shown two slipped discs which I have been told will repair in time and with treatment. Until then there is no reason why I cannot work, but it would be unwise to do the job I was doing before as it involves heavy lifting. Can I request my employer finds me alternative work in the interim? And if so, would I be entitled to the same money I get now? - More...
Q&A - Do I need a solicitor to purchase a house?

Q&A - Do I need a solicitor to purchase a house?

Q:  I am going to buy a house and will need a mortgage. I am on a tight budget and wonder whether I can make the purchase without engaging a solicitor? - More...
Hooked on Business Website Article

Hooked on Business Website Article

Employers urged to get their employment policies right, now...Will employment rights changes benefit anyone? - More...
Property lawyer urges first time buyers to speed up purchase to save money

Property lawyer urges first time buyers to speed up purchase to save money

A county solicitor warned that first time buyers who are considering buying property this year could suffer a substantial financial impact on their transaction unless they can complete their purchase before March 25th. - More...
Be prepared for more employment law changes

Be prepared for more employment law changes

With the prospect of a double dip recession placing businesses under further financial strain it is likely that more workers will be made redundant. - More...
Wrexham Lawyer issues warning to business networkers

Wrexham Lawyer issues warning to business networkers

Following guidance from the Law Society about the use of social networking sites by business professionals, a Wrexham Solicitor has issued a New Year warning to all county businesses. - More...
Q&A - I know my boss is breaking the law - what should I do?

Q&A - I know my boss is breaking the law - what should I do?

Q:  I work for a local delicatessen and I am aware that my manager frequently changes dates on food that has passed its ‘use by' date. I know this is in breach of food safety law and that it poses a risk that someone may become ill if they eat gone-off food. I feel very uncomfortable knowing all this - what should I do? - More...
Q&A - Will camera still be covered for faults if I don't take extended warranty

Q&A - Will camera still be covered for faults if I don't take extended warranty

Q:  I bought my husband an expensive digital camera for Christmas and was asked whether I wanted to buy an ‘extended warranty' for the camera in case it was faulty or it broke in the next two years. I refused but I am now wondering whether I should have taken out the cover. - More...
Q&A - My mother has Dementia and has cut me out of her Will - what can I do?

Q&A - My mother has Dementia and has cut me out of her Will - what can I do?

Q:  My widowed mother passed away recently. We had a good relationship even though I emigrated to Canada many years ago. I recently returned to live in the UK to help my aunt nurse my mother who was suffering from Dementia. I am adopted and my aunt has always resented this. I have now discovered that, whilst living with my aunt, my mother made a new Will, excluding me and benefitting my aunt and cousins. What can I do? - More...
Q&A - What is the assets threshold before having to pay own care fees?

Q&A - What is the assets threshold before having to pay own care fees?

Q:  How much money am I allowed to have before I would be forced to pay my own care home fees? - More...
Q&A - Where can I get advice about safeguarding severely autistic adult cousin

Q&A - Where can I get advice about safeguarding severely autistic adult cousin

Q:  My cousin has severe autism. His father died many years ago and my aunt, who looks after him on her own at home, now has terminal cancer. Arrangements have been made for my cousin to go into a home, but clearly he cannot manage his own affairs and I am not sure my aunt has made any provision for that as I don't think she expected him to live into adulthood. I am very close to my aunt and feel I should find out the facts and then approach her about the matter. The problem is that I don't really know where to go for advice. - More...
Law firm sees increase in Corporate, Commercial and Injury cases due to financial climate

Law firm sees increase in Corporate, Commercial and Injury cases due to financial climate

A leading North Wales law firm has reported an increase in the number of Corporate, Commercial and Personal Injury cases it has seen in the past twelve months. - More...
Q&A - Can my father cancel goods he was pressured into buying?

Q&A - Can my father cancel goods he was pressured into buying?

Q:  Yesterday I visited my elderly Father and he showed me an order form he had signed for central heating installation. The problem is that he cannot afford it. When I asked him what had happened he said that he had replied to an advert last week and asked for a salesman to come and give him a quote. Without realising it, it seems he committed himself to ordering the installation of radiators and a boiler costing more than £3500. He knew all along he couldn't really afford this and so I think he was pressured into signing. Unfortunately no-one else was with him at the time. Can he get out of this, bearing in mind he invited the salesman to call? - More...
Wrexham law firm appoints Family man as new Partner

Wrexham law firm appoints Family man as new Partner

A leading North Wales law firm has honoured one of its family solicitors with Partner status just weeks after he was recognised for his expertise by the Law Society. - More...
Q&A - If I take work through an agency will I have the same rights as employees?

Q&A - If I take work through an agency will I have the same rights as employees?

Q:  I was made redundant three months ago and have been unable to find a new position since. I gave myself until the end of the year to get a new job but it doesn't look as if that is going to happen. If I sign up with an agency to get temporary work, will I be entitled to the same rights as contracted employees at the place where they send me? - More...
Family lawyers recognised by Law Society for expertise

Family lawyers recognised by Law Society for expertise

Two more members of one of the area's largest family law teams have gained special recognition for their expertise from the Law Society. - More...
MEDIATION -v- LITIGATION

MEDIATION -v- LITIGATION

At this time of austerity, political attention is firmly focused on mediation as the preferred route to resolving disputes.   - More...
Q&A - What is the best way to help my son get on the property ladder?

Q&A - What is the best way to help my son get on the property ladder?

Q:  My son is 26 and desperate to get on the property ladder, but is unable to raise sufficient deposit. I am divorced from his father who is unwilling to assist, but I have some savings. What is the best way for me to help? - More...
Law firm welcomes delay to legal aid rule changes

Law firm welcomes delay to legal aid rule changes

Solicitors in one of the area's busiest family law departments have welcomed yesterday's announcement by the Ministry of Justice that there is to be a six month delay in implementing new rules governing civil and family legal aid. - More...
Q&A - Why should I use a solicitor to draft my will?

Q&A - Why should I use a solicitor to draft my will?

Q:  Can you explain why I should pay a solicitor to draft a will for me when I could either write it myself or use a will writing service at a cheaper cost? - More...
Solicitor raises cash to change the face of men's health

Solicitor raises cash to change the face of men's health

A Wrexham solicitor whose "Movember ‘tache'" is destined to reach a timely demise on November 30th is still seeking sponsors for its removal. - More...
Bank leader shares economy news with Wrexham business group

Bank leader shares economy news with Wrexham business group

Law firm invites locum to join

Law firm invites locum to join

A Shropshire law firm has invited a former locum to join its Family department after being impressed with her knowledge and experience. - More...
Q&A - Is there a limit as to how long my employer can lay me off?

Q&A - Is there a limit as to how long my employer can lay me off?

Q:  My employer has just laid me off without any warning.  I have checked in my employment contract and much to my surprise discover the Company is within their rights to do this.  What I can't find in the contract, however, is any reference to how long can they lay me off for?   - More...
County couples urged to legalise finances after man gets just 10% of family home.

County couples urged to legalise finances after man gets just 10% of family home.

Following a Supreme Court decision which recently concluded a man should receive only ten per cent of the value of a house he owned jointly with his ex-partner, a leading county Family Law specialist said the case highlights two important issues - Firstly, the importance of making financial arrangements through correct legal channels in cases where couples live together but are not married or in a civil partnership, and secondly the need for more clarity in the law. - More...
Q&A - Under Data Protection can I demand to see employer's file on me?

Q&A - Under Data Protection can I demand to see employer's file on me?

Q:  I work for the local council. Two colleagues have been making life difficult for me recently and there was an argument which the boss witnessed. He refused to listen to my side of the story and now I have been told the incident has been recorded on file and a black mark put against my name. Can I demand to see the file under the Data Protection Act? - More...
Law firm praised for handling of personal injury claims

Law firm praised for handling of personal injury claims

A leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm has been congratulated on its procedures for handling personal injury claims by Accident Line, the Law Society's approved referral and personal injury insurance service. - More...
Oswestry - Children in Need.

Oswestry - Children in Need.

Pudsey calls in at the Wrexham Office of GHP Legal

Pudsey calls in at the Wrexham Office of GHP Legal

Law firm is awarded Quality standard in conveyancing

Law firm is awarded Quality standard in conveyancing

One of the area's largest law firms has been awarded Conveyancing Quality standard (CQS) by the Law Society in recognition of its strong client care credentials, high practice management standards and delivery of high-quality service and a commitment to excellence. - More...
Q&A - Can my ex sign up our son with football academy without my consent?

Q&A - Can my ex sign up our son with football academy without my consent?

Q:  When my ex-husband returned our 13 year-old son after having him for a week's holiday he informed me that he has signed him up with the Youth Academy of a premier league football club. I am furious as I think he should be concentrating on schoolwork, not football. As my son is still a minor, I cannot believe this can happen without my consent and signature as well as his father's. What can I do? - More...
Local residents warned about dying intestate

Local residents warned about dying intestate

Statistics have shown there could be as many as thirty million adults in the UK who do not have a will, including 75 per cent of people with dependent children and 80 per cent of couples who are living together without being married. - More...
Q&A - Should employer have done risk assessment when informed of pregnancy?

Q&A - Should employer have done risk assessment when informed of pregnancy?

Q:  I notified my employer eight weeks ago that I am currently pregnant with my second child. Last week I tripped over some loose carpet in the office, winding myself badly and breaking my arm. At the hospital they were worried about the baby and insisted I had a scan. It was very frightening. My husband was furious and said my employers should have carried out a workplace risk assessment when I told them I was pregnant. Is this correct? - More...
Business owners cannot afford to die intestate

Business owners cannot afford to die intestate

Dying intestate has serious implications. But if you are a business owner the implications can be far greater. - More...
Q&A - What kind of tenancy agreement do I need for multi-occupancy lets?

Q&A - What kind of tenancy agreement do I need for multi-occupancy lets?

Q:  With interest rates low and rental prices on the increase I am considering investing my money in a property to let out. A friend is letting rooms individually in a house he bought, rather than letting the house as a whole as he says it is more profitable. How does that work in respect of leases? - More...
Q&A - Is the government stopping legal aid for divorces?

Q&A - Is the government stopping legal aid for divorces?

Q:        I have been in an unhappy marriage since before the birth of our second child two years ago, but my husband won't accept the marriage is over and won't move out. I don't know what to do. My friend says being unhappy isn't a legally recognised ground for divorce and as my husband is not cruel or had affairs, getting a divorce would be difficult. She says I will need to take out a legal separation and sit tight for either two or five years. She says I should do it now because the government are going to stop legal aid for divorces.  - More...
GHP Wrexham Wear it Pink

GHP Wrexham Wear it Pink

GHP Oswestry Wear It Pink

GHP Oswestry Wear It Pink

Q&A - What can I expect if I buy paddock at auction?

Q&A - What can I expect if I buy paddock at auction?

Q:  We heard the paddock adjacent to our garden was going to be sold by auction. We contacted the agent to try and negotiate a sale beforehand but he would not agree. We have never bought anything at auction. Do we need to pre-register? How much is payable on the day if we are successful? Are additional costs involved? - More...
Free Legal clinic times change to accommodate town workers

Free Legal clinic times change to accommodate town workers

Organisers of free legal diagnostic clinics in Wrexham and Oswestry have changed the session times to allow people to drop in during their lunch break. Previously run from 2pm to 6pm, the sessions at the Wrexham Grosvenor Road offices of GHP Legal will now run every Monday from 12 until 5pm and the sessions at the Oswestry Willow Street offices of GHP Legal will now run every Wednesday from 12 until 5pm. - More...
Q&A - What is the best way to wind up my company?

Q&A - What is the best way to wind up my company?

Q:  My limited company may no longer be viable, but as my cousin made a loan to the company I don't want to wind it up unless I have to. What is the best way forward, and the cheapest way to wind up the company if it becomes necessary? - More...
Double celebration for breast cancer survivor

Double celebration for breast cancer survivor

An Oswestry woman who is well known in the town for her fundraising for breast cancer research will be enjoying a double celebration this month. - More...
Q&A - Can Local Authority move the goalposts after inviting tenders?

Q&A - Can Local Authority move the goalposts after inviting tenders?

Q:  I recently went through a Local Authority tendering procedure. Now I have received a letter from them telling me that I was unsuccessful. The letter also tells me who did win and why my firm did not succeed.  I am very familiar with the firm that has won and I also know that they do the job in a completely different way to that which the Council specified in the Tender documents. Is there anything I can do? - More...
Q&A - Do I need any special terms and conditions of sale for online shop?

Q&A - Do I need any special terms and conditions of sale for online shop?

Q:  I have a small pottery and am considering setting up an online shop. I am a little nervous, however, because buying something handmade that you can't see or feel is very different from buying in a shop and photographs do not necessarily provide exact representation when pieces are individually crafted. Are there any special terms and conditions of sale I should include on my website?  - More...
Q&A - My brother may be mishandling our mother's affairs, what can I do?

Q&A - My brother may be mishandling our mother's affairs, what can I do?

Q.  I am concerned about my elderly mother. Although she is housebound she still has all of her mental faculties. My brother lives with her in the family home but recently my mother has told me that a couple of years ago my brother arranged for a Solicitor to prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney Property and Affairs (LPA) which appointed my brother as her sole Attorney. My mother has absolutely no idea what is happening to her money and she is worried sick as there are red letters coming through the door every day. Clearly I need to do something about the situation but I am loath to confront my brother without knowing any concrete facts. Please can you advise what I should do?    - More...
Emma & Sarah qualify as Solicitors

Emma & Sarah qualify as Solicitors

Two young women who started their careers with a leading county law firm as Paralegals are celebrating after qualifying as Solicitors. - More...
Q&A - My husband is planning to leave and take all the assets. What shall I do?

Q&A - My husband is planning to leave and take all the assets. What shall I do?

Q:  I have recently read an email from my husband to what appears to be his girlfriend, stating his intention to transfer all funds from his savings account into her account before selling the house we have shared for four years. The house is in his sole name as he bought it before we met. What should I do? - More...
Q&A - What if I can't afford adjustments to accommodate disabled job applicant?

Q&A - What if I can't afford adjustments to accommodate disabled job applicant?

Q:  I would like to offer a job opportunity to someone who is disabled but as I run a very small business there is a limit to how much I can afford to spend to ensure my premises, equipment etc are suitable. This in turn could govern the extent of disability I could accommodate. Might I therefore be laying myself open to discrimination if I invited people with a disability to apply for a job and then turned them down because they had a disability I could not accommodate? - More...
Personal Injury Lawyer welcomes referral fees ban

Personal Injury Lawyer welcomes referral fees ban

A Wrexham Personal Injury lawyer has welcomed the Government's announcement that the payment of referral fees in personal injury cases are to be banned. - More...
Q&A - Do I need to register my septic tank with the Environment Agency?

Q&A - Do I need to register my septic tank with the Environment Agency?

Q.  My neighbour is selling her house and her solicitor informed her that she needed to register her septic tank with the Environment Agency.  The tank was installed many years ago. I also have a septic tank installed at my property which has been there since the property was built in the 1970s. I have had no notification from the Environment Agency that I must register it.  Do I need to register my septic tank?   Do I need a permit? - More...
Law specialist warns of DIY Probate risks

Law specialist warns of DIY Probate risks

A local member of STEP, the Solicitors of Trustee and Estate Practitioners, has issued a warning about the dangers of DIY Probate following an increase in the number of ‘DIYers' seeking help at a late stage after making mistakes or finding paperwork too tricky.  Pam Whitley, a Partner in the Wrexham office of leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm, GHP Legal, says people are often unaware of the complexities of probate and assume the work involved is straightforward when it isn't. "Many professionally drafted wills contain trusts to save tax and to avoid those who inherit having to pay care fees," explains Ms Whitley, "and to reduce the likelihood of potential disputes about the will. In such instances it is essential to understand the implications and seeking timely legal advice in respect of Probate can save both money and worry. "I recently heard about one case where the lady's will included a tax saving trust, but when her husband administered the estate he paid the whole estate to himself. Thankfully he eventually sought legal advice and, as a result, future complications when he dies will now be avoided. In another case, a gentleman sold some shares that had made a gain during the administration of his late sister's estate and had to pay tax. Had he transferred the shares to himself before selling them he could have avoided the tax. - More...
Q&A - Defective kitchen installation caused water damage. What can I do?

Q&A - Defective kitchen installation caused water damage. What can I do?

Q:  I had a new kitchen installed three years ago. Recently I replaced my dishwasher and the plumber discovered an incompatible pipe connector used in the original installation had caused a leak that has damaged the sink unit and lifted the floor. It could cost hundreds of pounds to put right as all the units will have to come out and the floor will have to be taken up. When I contacted the kitchen people they said I couldn't prove it was bad workmanship, especially as the job was done three years ago. They suggested I claim on my house insurance but I know it was their fault. What should I do? - More...
Q&A - Does Landlord have to renew lease on Commercial Property?

Q&A - Does Landlord have to renew lease on Commercial Property?

Q:  I have been renting commercial premises for three years and have spent a considerable amount of money upgrading them to attract more custom. Now my lease is coming to an end. I would like to renew it as the business is doing well, but I haven't heard from my landlord. I am worried that he might want me to vacate the premises. Am I entitled to stay? - More...
Q&A - What is the difference between a Corporate and Personal reference?

Q&A - What is the difference between a Corporate and Personal reference?

Q:  I have been asked to supply a reference for a former employee. Can you tell me, what is the difference between a corporate reference and a personal reference? - More...
Legal Secretary gains top marks in Italian GCSE

Legal Secretary gains top marks in Italian GCSE

Three years after being nominated Welsh Language Student of the Year at Deeside College, a Penyffordd woman with a penchant for languages has gained 295 out of a possible 300 marks for her Italian GCSE at Yale College. - More...
Solicitor warns parents to apply for legal aid before funding dries up

Solicitor warns parents to apply for legal aid before funding dries up

As the Government attempts to pass a Bill through Parliament to stop legal aid for divorce cases, a Wrexham family law expert has warned that drastic cuts now seem inevitable and when they come they will affect every aspect of family law, including matters involving children. - More...
Employment lawyer issues guidance on managing Rugby World Cup interest

Employment lawyer issues guidance on managing Rugby World Cup interest

With the Rugby World Cup due to kick off in a few weeks time a Wrexham employment law specialist has issued guidance to employers regarding best practice principles to ensure they maintain productivity and keep employees' minds on the job. - More...
Q&A - Mother cannot manage her affairs or sign cheques for bills

Q&A - Mother cannot manage her affairs or sign cheques for bills

Q:  My elderly mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and has recently been admitted into a local Care Home. Her condition has progressed to the stage where she can no longer sign cheques so I went to the bank to see what I should do. They said they required a Power of Attorney before they would give me any information.  I am worried because my mother owns a house and I cannot pay any bills in relation to this without access to her account. Should I ask a solicitor to prepare a Power of Attorney for my mother? - More...
Q&A - Uncle won't vacate house so that we can finalise grandfather's estate

Q&A - Uncle won't vacate house so that we can finalise grandfather's estate

Q:  My husband and I are named as executors in my late grandfather's will. Apart from a few specific legacies the only remaining asset of his estate was his mortgage free house. The residuary estate was left equally to his 3 surviving children (my two uncles and an aunt). One of my uncles was living with my grandfather. Now he refuses to leave, saying he is unemployed and has nowhere to go. He is also being obstructive, refusing us access to carry out repairs or market the property for sale so that we can finalise the estate. He has not sought to challenge any of the provisions under my grandfathers will and whilst we believed everything would be amicable and he would move out when necessary, this does not now look to be the case. What can we do? - More...
Q&A - Do I need an Energy Performance Certificate for my holiday cottage?

Q&A - Do I need an Energy Performance Certificate for my holiday cottage?

Q:  I have a cottage by the sea. I have had the place for years and although it is mainly used by the family I do rent it out to other people when they are not there, particularly out of season. We were talking about letting it out in the pub the other night and someone asked if I had got an Energy Performance Certificate. They reckoned I need one under some new regulations. Is this correct? - More...
Q&A - How can I ensure my parents can look after my daughter after I die?

Q&A - How can I ensure my parents can look after my daughter after I die?

Q:  I have a seven year old child. I have been diagnosed with terminal cancer and want to ensure my parents look after my daughter after my death. I am concerned about her being cared for by her father as she has never had contact with him. He is not named on her birth certificate and we never married. How can I ensure my wishes are adhered to? - More...
Q&A - Will new Furnished Holiday Lettings legislation impact on sporadic letting?

Q&A - Will new Furnished Holiday Lettings legislation impact on sporadic letting?

Q:  We have a cottage on our land which we rent out as a furnished holiday let. We have never had many bookings for it but it has given us a small income that has helped since the income from the farm has declined. Will the changes that are coming in regarding furnished holiday lets still make it viable for us to continue letting the place? - More...
Leading law firm presents Business Fair draw prize

Leading law firm presents Business Fair draw prize

The owner of three Chester based businesses has been presented with a basket of assorted wines by a leading North Wales law firm. - More...
More publicity needed for holiday let legislation changes

More publicity needed for holiday let legislation changes

A county solicitor has criticised the government for insufficiently publicising new legislation which came into force on June 30th this year in respect of holiday accommodation.  - More...
Q&A - Can casual gardener sue me for accident sustained using my tools?

Q&A - Can casual gardener sue me for accident sustained using my tools?

Q:  At the beginning of the summer I engaged a local odd job man to cut my hedges. I thought it would make it easier for him if he used my electric hedge-cutters and also my ladders. Unfortunately, however, the ground was uneven and the hedge-cutter was heavier than he was used to. As a result, when he reached across he lost his balance, the ladder toppled over and the hedge-cutter sliced into two of his fingers. I took him straight to hospital where they stitched the fingers. Now he is threatening to sue me for compensation because he has no feeling in the fingers and says he cannot work. Can he really do this? - More...
Talented law graduate qualifies as Solicitor

Talented law graduate qualifies as Solicitor

A committed young law graduate who impressed bosses at a leading Wrexham law firm by gaining Law Society accreditation for the Mental Health Review Panel just half way through a two year training contract has qualified as a Solicitor. - More...
Q&A - Will I be liable for CGT if I sell house I rent out but once lived in?

Q&A - Will I be liable for CGT if I sell house I rent out but once lived in?

Q&A - If I buy a franchise what happens to it if I die or become incapacitated?

Q&A - If I buy a franchise what happens to it if I die or become incapacitated?

Q: I am in my mid-fifties and have been made redundant. I worked for the company for thirty years and got a good redundancy package so I am thinking of buying a franchise with my wife. Would I be able to pass the business on to my son in my Will and appoint him to run it if I become incapacitated - because my wife wouldn't be able to run a business on her own. - More...
Q&A - Can I set up a new company with a similar name after liquidation?

Q&A - Can I set up a new company with a similar name after liquidation?

Q:  I am a director of a company that is struggling financially. A creditors' meeting is due to take place next week to liquidate it. Could I set up a new company afterwards with a similar name? - More...
Q&A - Can I get an Agricultural Occupancy Condition removed from farm cottage?

Q&A - Can I get an Agricultural Occupancy Condition removed from farm cottage?

Q:  I am a farmer. A few years ago I diversified, which meant I needed less workers and a cottage on the farm was left vacant. When my son, who chose a different career, got married twelve years ago, he and his wife moved into the cottage. Now they are moving to a different part of the country and I would like to sell the cottage to fund my retirement. Is there a way I can get the Agricultural Occupancy Condition removed to increase its value? - More...
Q&A - House has no building regulations approval - should I proceed with purchase?

Q&A - House has no building regulations approval - should I proceed with purchase?

Q:  I put in an offer on a repossessed house. It was accepted by the mortgaging bank and searches were started which turned up a query relating to building work done on the property several years ago, for which building regulations approval was never granted. The estate agent says it all looks OK but I am not sure whether to proceed with the sale. Can you advise? - More...
Fundraising Day raises cash for hospice

Fundraising Day raises cash for hospice

A fundraising day organised last Friday by staff at the offices of a local law firm has raised £287 for Nightingale House Hospice. - More...
Premier law firm announces new Partners

Premier law firm announces new Partners

A premier North Wales and Shropshire law firm has announced the appointment of two new Partners. - More...
GHP Legal will be exhibiting at Wrexham and Borderlands Business Fair 10.30am-3.30pm on Wednesday 22nd June

GHP Legal will be exhibiting at Wrexham and Borderlands Business Fair 10.30am-3.30pm on Wednesday 22nd June

GHP Legal will be exhibiting at Wrexham and Borderlands Business Fair 10.30am-3.30pm on Wednesday 22nd June at the Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham. Why not visit our stand and enter your business card into our draw to win a Basket of wine. - More...
Alison tackles 10 mile charity walk for third year

Alison tackles 10 mile charity walk for third year

A Penyffordd woman is seeking sponsorship for the 10-mile long Nightingale House Hospice Sponsored Ladies' Walk around Wrexham which is due to start at the stroke of midnight on Saturday 25th June. - More...
Q&A - I tweeted protected information - could I be sued?

Q&A - I tweeted protected information - could I be sued?

Q:  I am one of the 75,000 Twitter users that tweeted the identity of the footballer in the recent super injunction scandal. I received the information from other tweets and just repeated it to join in. Could I be sued? - More...
Solicitor warns due diligence is a must for would-be franchisees

Solicitor warns due diligence is a must for would-be franchisees

With white collar workers being hardest hit by the recession there has been a significant increase in the number of professional men and women making a fresh start and buying a franchise business. But one North Wales solicitor has warned that people need to do their homework thoroughly before entering into such an arrangement and should not take any recommendations or testimonials for granted, particularly if the business involves something different from their previous line of work. Chris Scott who is based in the Llangollen office of leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm GHP Legal said: "Redundancy can seem like a great opportunity for starting your own business, especially if you are in the twilight of your working years. And buying a franchise with your redundancy money might appear a far safer option than starting a business from scratch. It is however essential that potential franchisees make sensible enquiries and checks in respect of all relevant matters before committing to anything. This is known as carrying out due diligence. "The checks should include Financial Enquiries - doing a full credit check on the Franchisor, checking out their latest accounts and making enquiries in the appropriate quarters to ascertain their financial position. The would-be Franchisee should also research the market to establish that there is a real need for the product or service in their area. They should check out the competition and talk to as many existing franchisees as possible to gain a wide view of both the Franchisor and of the business venture generally. - More...
Q&A- Can company reprimand me for stopping to help motorist?

Q&A- Can company reprimand me for stopping to help motorist?

Q:  Travelling to a job in the company van I got stuck behind a broken down car. I stopped and helped the driver push his vehicle out of the way but it ran over my foot. When I got back to the depot I asked to go to hospital for an ex-ray. Nothing was broken but I was given painkillers and told to sit with my foot up. Now I've been told I could be in trouble with the company for helping this driver when I was out in the works van. Should I seek legal advice? - More...
Quiz teams needed to boost hospice funds

Quiz teams needed to boost hospice funds

Quiz teams are being sought for a fundraiser in Wrexham that will benefit the area's hospice. - More...
Q&A - Can I protect my interest against commercial tenant going out of business?

Q&A - Can I protect my interest against commercial tenant going out of business?

Q.  I own a commercial property and have been seeking a tenant for some time. I am very keen to have the property occupied as I need the rental income, but now a tenant has come forward I have grave concerns as I understand that they have set up a company to give themselves ‘limited liability'. Is there a way I can protect my interest if they should fail in their business? - More...
Q&A - Is my estranged sister entitled to half of our intestate mother's estate?

Q&A - Is my estranged sister entitled to half of our intestate mother's estate?

Q: I cared for my parents for many years and when my father died I moved in with my mother to look after her in the family home. I have a sister but she offered no help when I was looking after either parent and in fact rarely ever made contact with me or them. Now my mother has passed away and there is no trace of a Will, either in the house or with any local Solicitors. Is my estranged Sister entitled to an equal share of my mother's estate? - More...
Q&A - Can we sell off the Granny flat which is part of our house?

Q&A - Can we sell off the Granny flat which is part of our house?

Q: We converted the top floor of our Victorian terraced house into a self-contained "granny flat" with its own entrance, for my widowed mother. The flat is a separate dwelling for Council Tax. Now that Mother has gone into long-term care and our children are at university, the flat is empty. We don't want the fuss of being landlords and responsible for repairs. Instead we wondered if we could we simply sell off the flat; and, as long as we keep paying the mortgage, is there really any need for us to go through all the paperwork and hassle of getting permission from the bank? - More...
Q&A - What is the best way for friends to set up cake-making business?

Q&A - What is the best way for friends to set up cake-making business?

Q.  A close friend and I were recently made redundant. As we both enjoy baking we have decided to pool our redundancy payout and go into partnership making wedding cakes. What is the best way to go about setting up business together? - More...
Q&A - Can employer of 13 years get away with 4 year redundancy pay-out?

Q&A - Can employer of 13 years get away with 4 year redundancy pay-out?

Q:  I have worked my employer for 13 years and 4 years ago I was asked to move departments. Last week we were all told we could apply for voluntary redundancy in accordance with funding cuts. I applied and worked out my redundancy package based on my 13 years employment. My application was accepted but the pay-off details stated that I only received a payment based on the last 4 years. I queried this and was told that my contract changed when I moved departments and that is all I am entitled to. Is this correct?   - More...
Law firm to sponsor another theatre production

Law firm to sponsor another theatre production

Wrexham's largest law firm has announced it will once again sponsor a summer production at the Town's oldest amateur theatre. - More...
Mental Health patients falling victim to PCT cost-cutting

Mental Health patients falling victim to PCT cost-cutting

A Wrexham mental health expert has voiced concern that vulnerable mentally ill patients in England and Wales could suffer serious relapses by falling victim to apparent NHS Trust cost-cutting exercises. - More...
Q&A - My tenants have disappeared, taking the keys and owing rent - what should I do?

Q&A - My tenants have disappeared, taking the keys and owing rent - what should I do?

Q.  I own a commercial property. My tenant told me he had some financial difficulties but hoped to pay owed rent the following month. Three months on he has paid nothing and has left the property. He is saying he owes me nothing, and is also refusing to hand back the keys. What should I do? - More...
Q&A - Does son need solicitor present for police station questioning?

Q&A - Does son need solicitor present for police station questioning?

Q:  Our son recently got into a fight at school and the head teacher called in the police.  Now it seems the police are holding an investigation into the incident and they have asked us to accompany our son to the police station as they need to ask him a few questions about what happened.  Would it be advisable for us to have a solicitor present? - More...
Q&A - Liability for mortgage after husband's death

Q&A - Liability for mortgage after husband's death

Q:  My late husband and I owned our family home jointly. For tax reasons, my husband was advised to leave his share in the property directly to our four children, all of whom have "flown the nest". Although they have all promised me that the house is mine to live in for as long as I wish, why am I the only one paying the mortgage each month? The children have not heard anything from the building society and it seems unfair that their father's share has gone to them but I am left paying for it. - More...
Q&A - What are my rights in taking time off work to care for terminally ill wife?

Q&A - What are my rights in taking time off work to care for terminally ill wife?

Q:  My wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year. My employers have since let me work from home. Six weeks ago she was admitted into the hospice and my boss said I could take off as much time as I liked to be with her. Now he says I must make a formal request if I intend to take any more time off. What are my rights? - More...
Family lawyer welcomes domestic abuse death policy changes

Family lawyer welcomes domestic abuse death policy changes

A member of one of the area's largest family law teams has welcomed the Government announcement that all domestic abuse deaths will be automatically reviewed in England and Wales to ensure lessons about violence in the home are learned. - More...
Sponsor urges local businesses to support Welsh Eisteddfod

Sponsor urges local businesses to support Welsh Eisteddfod

A leading North Wales law firm is to be one of the sponsors at this year's National Eisteddfod of Wales. The event, which is due to take place from 29th July to 6 August, will be staged in the Wrexham home town of GHP Legal. It is the first time it has been held in Wrexham since 1977. - More...
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