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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Can I ask Muslim worker to remove her headscarf when dealing with customers?

Q: I run a small business with a wide-ranging cultural customer base. This means I need to maintain a visible neutral stance regarding religion.  My dilemma is that I want to promote a hard-working young Muslim woman, who wears a headscarf, to a customer facing role. Whether or not she would be willing to remove her headscarf could have a bearing on my decision but I am not sure I can even ask her the question without getting myself into a discrimination dispute. What is the legal position on this? 

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Q&A - If I claim compensation for my accident injuries, what happens about my benefits?

Q:  I have been told that receiving compensation for an injury whilst being on benefits can be complicated. I suffered an injury last month and as a result I am currently in receipt of government benefits. I am not sure what to do. I feel I should be entitled to compensation but I cannot afford to risk losing my benefits. 

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Q&A - County Court Judgment was awarded against me whilst I was travelling abroad. What can I do?

Q: I have just come back home from a 12 month trip to Australia. When I got home I found a number of court documents on my doormat including a County Court Judgement which says that a Judge has awarded against me because I failed to attend a “final hearing”. However, I didn’t even know that I was supposed to be at a hearing and I had no idea that I was being sued! Is there anything I can do about this?

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Q&A - Should landlord have protected my deposit?

Q.  I recently moved in to a new property that I am renting. I paid my landlord a rather large sum of money for the deposit and didn’t think anything of it. When I mentioned the amount to my friend, she asked me if the deposit had been protected. When I said I didn’t know, she was shocked. What should I do?

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Q&A - Can I adopt my step-daughter to give her the stability her father doesn’t provide?

Q:  My step-daughter is now eleven-years old and she has lived with me and her mum ever since we got married seven years ago. Before that she hadn’t seen her dad since she was two. He even stopped sending her birthday cards. Now he has popped up again from nowhere and is showering her with expensive presents. She doesn’t want to know but it’s still very unsettling for her. I would like to adopt her to give her stability and her mum wants that too, and when her dad was nowhere to be found I thought that might be possible. Now we don’t know what to do for the best, can you help?

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Q&A - Can a shareholder vote for a resolution in writing?

Q: I am a director and shareholder of quite a large family business. Some of the shareholders are not involved in the business and when we need to make a decision it is often difficult to organise a mutually acceptable date for a shareholders’ meeting. Would it be legal if the shareholders were to vote in writing and we then passed a resolution in writing?

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Q&A - Why would I be sent a Letter Before Proceedings from Children’s Services?

Q: I have received a ‘Letter Before Proceedings’ from Children’s Services asking me to attend a meeting to discuss my child’s welfare. I am really worried but I am too frightened to ask them what it is about. Why are such letters are sent, and do I need to do any preparation for the meeting?

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Q&A - Can I stop my husband from cashing in his pension?

Q.  I am intending to start divorce proceedings against my husband as we have not been intimate for 15 years and I really cannot live like this anymore. I recently retired and I am looking forward at long last to being able to relax and enjoy life, but I do not want to be spending the rest of my retirement without having sex. However, my husband is due to reach retirement age soon and he intends to cash in his pension which could affect my future if I divorce him. Is there anything I can do to stop him doing cashing in his pension?

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Q&A - Will my husband’s adultery entitle me to more of our assets in a divorce?

Q.  I have recently discovered that my husband is having an affair. We have been married for 25 years and have two grown up children. We both work full time and we own our home, which is free of borrowing. We have no other assets. He wants the house to be sold so that he can start again with his new partner. Given that his affair caused the breakdown of our marriage, do I have to agree this? Am I not entitled to more from the assets because of his behaviour?

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Q&A - Access rights mean my son is missing out on sport. What can I do?

Q:  My son has lived with me since I divorced his father when he was four years old. He is now fourteen. From the beginning the arrangement was that he would stay with his father every other weekend. However, since that arrangement was made his father has moved forty miles away and my son has developed a love for sport. This is causing arguments as my son wants to play in the school teams at weekends and do various other activities with his friends that his father refuses to take him to. His father says he has a right to stick to the access rights agreed in court but I feel my son is missing out on what he enjoys and is good at and wants to do. What should I do?

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