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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Leading law firm appoints new senior solicitor to commercial department

One of the area’s largest law firms has appointed a new senior solicitor to its commercial property department.  Iain Hall who has relocated to the area from East Lancashire where he was a partner with two different law firms.

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Much needed landmark ruling on deprivation of liberty is not enough to improve situation for vulnerable people, says lawyer

The head of one of the area’s largest family and mental health law teams has warned that a ruling last Thursday by the President of the Family Division will lead to rapid changes in the law for vulnerable people and their families and needs to be matched by an increase in funding. 

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Q&A - How can I work out what my partner should pay to buy me out of our home?

Q: My partner and I bought a house together nine years ago. I hoped we would eventually get married but this has not happened and now he has met someone else and wants to buy me out of the property.

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Law firm announces qualification of another trainee solicitor

Welsh speaking Simon Jones, who joined GHP legal at the beginning of 2013, has been admitted as a solicitor.  After gaining experience in the firm’s Civil Litigation, Employment and Family departments, Simon will continue as a member of the Family team in the firm’s Wrexham and Oswestry offices where he will build on his expertise in Mental Health work. 

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Q&A - What is the process now for getting financial and child arrangement orders?

Q:  My partner and I separated over a year ago and he is being really difficult about paying maintenance for our two sons and sticking to agreed access terms. My mother says I should take him to court but I am sure I recently heard that you can't just go to court now; you have to go through a different process. Can you please explain the process?

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Q&A - What is the process for bringing a compensation claim for serious injury?

Q: I was recently badly injured in an accident whilst riding pillion on a motorcycle. The surgeons were unable to save the lower half of my leg and it had to be amputated. Afterwards I suffered serious depression and still get nightmares and flashbacks. Now I am trying to deal with things, especially planning for the long term. Yesterday I phoned the Citizens Advice Bureau who advised that I have a high value claim and need to see a solicitor. I am concerned what will actually be involved in making a claim, please can you outline the procedure?

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Q&A - Can employer dismiss me for being off work on long term sick?

Q: I have worked for the same employer since leaving school in 1979. In 1996 I contracted Type 1 diabetes which left me insulin dependent. After returning to work in March following a year’s maternity leave I got an infection in my toe which would not heal. The infection has now spread to the bone and I am on a six month course of antibiotics which make me sick and upset my sugar levels. I have been told I could lose at least one toe and my GP has signed me off on long term sick, but I am worried I might lose my job. What is my legal position?

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Q&A - We believe our mentally disabled son is being deprived of his liberty. What can we do?

Q:  My partner and I separated over a year ago and he is being really difficult about paying maintenance for our two sons and sticking to agreed access terms. My mother says I should take him to court but I am sure I recently heard that you can't just go to court now; you have to go through a different process. Can you please explain the process?

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Q&A - Could ex later claim against my assets if divorce settlement was made out of court?

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?

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Q&A - Can I get compensation for fall on slippery decking?

Q: A few weeks ago I went to a local pub, entering across a decked area which was wet and extremely slippery following heavy rain. As I stepped onto the decking I slipped and heard a bone crack in my leg. My husband took me to hospital where they confirmed a break and put my leg in plaster. As I deliver parcels for a living I cannot currently work. Can I claim compensation from the pub owners? 

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