Q: I run a small business and I have recently attended a seminar on pension auto-enrolment that was organised by my accountant. One of the speakers emphasised the importance of taking legal as well as financial advice, and I am unclear as to what employment law issues could arise as a consequence of auto-enrolment.
Members of one of the area's largest family law teams have criticised the views of the Marriage Foundation who yesterday claimed there is no need to make pre and post-nuptial agreements binding.
SRA says action had to be taken to maintain ‘total confidence’ in legal profession.
From 1 April capital allowances must be identified at the point of sale or purchase of commercial properties.
Awards celebrate the best work of individual solicitors as well as the successes and innovations of practices and firms.
Accident & Injury
Too many people who are victims of accidents and mental and physical abuse suffer in silence unnecessarily. At GHP Legal we have a specialist team of lawyers with a wealth of experience in dealing with accident and injury claims.
Renowned for our sensitivity we have earned a reputation for fighting hard, aiming for nothing short of the best possible outcome for our clients, and winning cases to gain them maximum recompense.
Following each case through from start to finish and visiting clients at home when necessary, we respond quickly, offer advice that is realistic and never promise what we don't think we can deliver.
GHP Legal provides a full range of legal services in respect of all matters relating to farms, rural land, and forestry.
Our expertise in this broad and complex area of law has been developed over forty years, forming the basis of strong, long-standing relationships built with the rural communities of North Wales, Mid Wales, Shropshire and the North West.
In order that clients are not unnecessarily penalised by taxation, our team of specialist lawyers work to ensure they benefit from the special exemptions and allowances the Government has provided for Agriculture and Business and to help them realise long term objectives for exit and inheritance issues.
Civil Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
At GHP Legal we have a specialist team of Litigation lawyers whose expertise and commitment to staying at the forefront of their legal sector has earned them a high level of respect over many years, from clients and other professionals alike.
Providing a comprehensive range of services to both individual and commercial clients involved in civil proceedings (whether court, tribunal or arbitration), our team includes Solicitor-Advocates with Higher Court Rights of Audience
Often working to tight deadlines our advice is always carefully considered and pragmatic, taking into account the merits and practicalities of each individual case and working with clients with a view to meeting their requirements and successfully resolving the dispute.
GHP Legal has the knowledge and experience, gained over many years, to represent a broad range of clients in the acquisition, development, leasing, financing, debt restructuring and disposition of a wide range of commercial land and other property, and business start up and transfers.
Our reputation as specialist Property lawyers has been built on long standing relationships that have been developed both with our clients and with other professionals involved in the property transaction and management chain.
GHP Legal is committed to providing a consistent, high quality, responsive service in the most cost-effective way, giving due consideration to the commercial realities of the market at all times, and helping clients to budget in respect of both cost and time.
Corporate & Commercial
At GHP Legal our Corporate & Commercial Department is Partner led and comprises a high calibre team of Solicitors, Solicitor-Advocates and other Lawyers with the experience, specialist expertise and acumen to deal with a wide range of business related matters.
The Department acts for not only corporate companies, including Groups of Companies, but also for unincorporated associations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships. Our objectives include providing clients with a high quality, seamless service.
Corporate work includes incorporations (with memoranda and articles of association, and shareholder agreements), acquisitions, mergers, de-mergers, sales, and corporate governance issues. In appropriate cases, Partners have accepted appointments as Directors and Company Secretaries.
Court of Protection
Patients suffering from a mental disability often lack confidence to make the right decisions about their care or finances. Many more have to rely on a relative to make decisions for them. For both patients and their families, the responsibility of making such decisions can be a heavy burden to bear.
At GHP Legal our dedicated Court of Protection team can assist patients and their families to deal with queries arising out of financial issues, provision of services or issues concerning a person's welfare.
We have Court of Protection specialists who can act as a Professional Deputy, handling Property and Affairs for someone unable to handle their own financial affairs. They can also advise Lay Deputies about specific applications to the Court of Protection, particularly where no formal Power of Attorney exists, and can deal with Statutory Wills which have been approved by the Court on behalf of a patient. Other areas of expertise include assisting with financial applications to the Court of Protection in the sale and purchase of property, preparation of accounts and ensuring a client's assets are properly invested in a tax efficient manner.
In respect of Welfare and Best Interests Issues, GHP Legal is one of only a few law firms in the area with specialist expertise in this field. Our team can advise a patient, his or her family, or a Deputy about a wide range of issues, including deprivation of liberty where an adult under disability is not allowed to leave where they are living. Where the person should live, with whom they should have contact, with or how they should be cared for, are all issues our expert team can assist with.
GHP Legal is a progressive practice with across the board experience in Criminal Defence and a long standing reputation for providing meticulous service with a proactive approach.
Providing consistency, our team includes a specialist team of Higher Court Advocates which enables us to represent clients throughout their case - from Police Station to Magistrates Court and Crown Court, engaging external barristers only if necessary. Our lawyers are available around the clock and ready to travel to wherever an interview takes place.
Whether our clients are involved in a minor road traffic offence, white collar crime, fraud, assault or a more serious crime, each receives the same care and meticulous attention to detail. We will fight their case, protect their rights and defend them in every permissible way.
GHP Legal has earned a significant and successful track record over many years, representing employees at all levels in employment disputes. In the rapidly changing and complex field of Employment Law our aim is to make employees fully aware of their rights, fight for them when pitted against the resources of an organisation, and achieve an early resolution.
Our reputation has been built on understanding our clients' needs and working with them in pursuing their objectives in an effective and affordable way. We have a dedicated team of specialist solicitors with extensive litigation experience and a proactive approach, and we pride ourselves in understanding the perspective of each individual, however senior or experienced.
Family & Matrimonial
With a department made up of experienced Solicitor Advocates, Solicitors, a Solicitor Mediator and Arbitrator and Legal Executives, GHP Legal has one of the largest and most highly respected family law teams operating in North Wales, Shropshire, Mid Wales and the North West. Versatile and dedicated to providing the highest standards of legal advice and client care, we specialise in handling complicated relationship breakdowns, often involving high value assets and complex business and property isues. We also advise on Trusts, Taxation, and niche areas such as Inheritance Act claims.
Covering all aspects of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, litigation and advocacy, our team includes Lawyers who are Members of the Family Law Accreditation Scheme and Resolution. We have extensive expertise in dealing with all matters relating to Children, including representing Children's Guardians. Among the team are two Solicitors on the Solicitors Regulation Authority Children Panel Accreditation Scheme (Child representatives). We are also on the list of Solicitors approved by the Grandparents' Association.
Mental illness affects one in three people at some stage of their lives and when it happens they may be detained in hospital, losing their liberty and some of their rights.
GHP Legal has a highly specialist and qualified team of lawyers who provide representation for Patients and their relatives at Mental Health Review Tribunals. We also attend at Managers' Meetings in respect of Patients detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act and advise on Human Rights, deprivation of liberty provisions, treatment whilst in hospital and post-discharge care provision.
Our Mental Health team includes two members of the Mental Health Tribunal Accreditation Scheme, one of whom is also a Solicitor-Advocate and can provide representation in the Higher Courts.
Probate, Wills, Trusts & Tax
GHP Legal acts for several generations of many families, advising clients at every stage of their lives and helping them to implement tax efficient financial arrangements aimed at both protecting themselves throughout their lifetimes and passing on as much wealth as possible to their beneficiaries.
By building close relationships we are able to identify individual needs and provide advice covering a wide range of contexts that encompass the most appropriate structures and mechanisms suited to those needs.
We pride ourselves on being discreet, sensitive and caring at all times, regularly visiting older clients at home if they cannot travel to our offices.
GHP Legal offers expert guidance through each step of the home buying and selling process. through to exchange of contracts and completion of your sale or purchase, our aim is to reduce stress and complete the transaction with efficiency and in a timescale that suits you.
Our personal approach and careful explanation of the process means that our clients need have no concerns about complex procedures, confusing language or unplanned delays. We offer clear and comprehensive advice, ensuring they are always fully informed and in a position to make the right decisions.