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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Local Professionals up to date with Law Protecting the Vulnerable

A training event on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) held at Nightingale House hospice last week attracted care professionals from across North Wales and Chester.

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Q&A - I am being made redundant can client confidentiality clause in my employment contract still be enforced?

Q: I have just been told I am being made redundant. My contract of employment contains restrictive covenants regarding client confidentiality and what work I may or may not do with another company if I leave. Can these covenants still be enforced if I have been left with no choice but to leave my job because the work is being denied me through redundancy? If they can be enforced, is there any way of getting them removed?

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DNA test funding reinvents the wheel claims Wrexham lawyer

A leading family and child law expert in Wrexham has claimed a move to plough between £500,000 and £1m a year into paying for DNA tests to help prove legal parentage in the family court is reinventing the wheel and would not have been necessary if the government had not decimated the legal aid system two years ago.

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Q&A - Can Mediation help build some bridges with my former partner and kids?

Q. My partner and I separated in the summer after she found out I’d been sleeping with prostitutes. She didn’t want anything to do with me and she didn’t want me to see the kids either. I know what I did was wrong but she had been very cold towards me since the birth of our second child and I needed some physical comfort.

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Q&A - Can staff member sue us for shouting at her?

Q: I run a café restaurant with my business partner. We have built up a really successful business with an excellent reputation and have become respected both by our staff and our clients. However my wife has recently taken to coming in to “help out”, and is causing no end of problems.  Last week she crept up behind one of our established young waitresses and shouted in her ear, accusing her of looking at her in a funny way.  The waitress was understandably very upset and walked out.  It doesn’t seem likely that she is coming back and now I am really worried we could be sued. What can I do? 

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Q&A - What is the best way to get financial protection in a second marriage?

Q: My boyfriend proposed at Christmas. I have accepted, moved in with him and put my house on the market. I have been married before and received a substantial divorce settlement. I have two teenage children from my first marriage who live with me. My fiancé has his own business and a grown-up daughter with a child of her own.

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Q&A - Does holiday pay have to take account of non-guaranteed overtime?

Q: I employ several staff who travel with their jobs and have come to expect non-guaranteed overtime to cover travel time. I recently read that non-guaranteed overtime will have to be included in calculations of holiday pay in future. Is this correct?

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Q&A - Can I claim compensation for skate park accident?

Q: During the school holidays I took my son down to the local skate park with his micro scooter. There were a lot of older children there doing all kinds of stunts and he tried to join in with them but unfortunately he fell and slid down the slope when he was doing a turn. It was really traumatic and as well as suffering grazes he damaged his front teeth.  Can I make a claim on his behalf for compensation?

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Wrexham lawyer warns authorities to follow Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards rules or face hefty compensation pay-outs.

A Wrexham mental health lawyer has warned that local authorities must adhere fully to the rules if they decide to remove dementia sufferers and other mentally incapacitated people from their homes to place them in care, or else be prepared to pay hefty compensation bills.

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Q&A - Can I charge neighbour to use my extension wall as a party wall?

Q:  I live in a terraced house. Five years ago I got planning permission to extend my kitchen with the extension wall against the neighbouring property being built right up to the boundary. Now my neighbours want to do the same and have asked whether they can use my wall as a party wall to save themselves some space and money.

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