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?
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.
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John Lancaster is responsible for our Family and Mental Health departments, heading up one of the largest Mental Health and Family Law teams in the area. He is a respected authority on Care and Children work and has spoken on TV and Radio on Child Law, Grandparents' Rights and other legal matters. John is a legal adviser to a fostering panel and has particular interests in judicial review, Court of Protection welfare matters and issues relating to foster carers.
A Solicitor Advocate (Civil), John is a panel member of:
John was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 after graduating from Birmingham University with a degree in Law with Politics and completing his Articles with Downs Solicitors in Dorking. He later worked for G D Cann & Hallett in Okehampton and J A Coupland & Co, Carlisle, before joining GH&P and becoming a Partner in April 2000.
Married to Joy, John has two sons with whom he tries to spend as much time as possible. He is an active member of his local Church where he plays bass guitar in the music group, and he has also run several marathons to raise money for charity.