Q: My wife and I divorced three years ago after a long marriage because we both realised our feelings had changed and there was no point carrying on. As everything was agreed we did not instruct solicitors; we just paid the court fee and did everything else ourselves and then went our separate ways. I now live with a new partner and we intend to buy a property together. As we didn't deal with finances when we got divorced, can my ex wife claim against my assets?
Q: I have a bicycle repair and hire business in a tourist area which I set up two years ago after being made redundant. It has gone really well and I am now thinking of branching out into building tailor-made bikes. Due to the specialist nature of this I feel I would benefit from having a website that could promote the business far and wide. However, as I will be using photographs that won't necessarily represent the tailor made products that people will be buying, I am wondering whether I should include any special terms and conditions of sale on my website?
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A Partner of GH&P, Robert Williams heads up the Dispute Resolution team in our Wrexham office and is responsible for the many trainee solicitors who come to us on training contracts. A specialist in personal injury, employment and related litigation matters Robert handles, in particular, higher value and complex claims such as those related to severe injuries, stress at work, and childhood sexual abuse. An APIL accredited Senior Litigator, he is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel as well as a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers and the Employment Lawyers Association.
Born in St Asaph, Robert went to school in Llandudno before going on to gain a degree in Statistics at the London School of Economics. On graduating in 1985 he continued his studies, taking a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of London, Institute of Education. After gaining his teaching certificate Robert taught Mathematics in South London secondary schools for two years before deciding on the career change that would see him enter City of London Polytechnic where he took the Law Society Common Professional Examination and Solicitor Finals.
After returning to teaching for a further term to recharge his finances, Robert began a legal training contract with Keith Hollis Wood & Co in Wandsworth Common where he remained until 1996, specialising in a range of property and litigation work. Deciding to leave London Robert then headed north to take up a post with Bowcock Cuerden in Chester, working in Agricultural and Commercial litigation. He joined GH&P in 1999 and was invited to become a Partner in 2002.
Robert lives in Gresford with his wife, who is a doctor, and their two children. A keen supporter of Wrexham FC and a keen cyclist and hill walker, Robert plays tennis and football and lists current affairs and popular music among his interests. He is a Governor of All Saints School in Gresford and a Trustee of the Gresford War Memorial Trust, the CAB and the Wrexham and Flintshire Groundwork Trust.