Q. When I was driving a couple of weeks ago I was hit from behind by another car. My injuries are not that severe, but I have been suffering some back and neck pain and a friend says I could get compensation. How would you value my claim?Read more
Q: Last year I was injured in a road traffic collision. I sustained injuries to my back and neck, and although I was not said to have broken anything, I am still struggling with the pain. My GP suspects that I am suffering from chronic pain, but says this is difficult to prove. What can I do?Read more
Q: I was in a long term abusive relationship that I managed to end last year. Recently my ex has started appearing near my home, at places I frequent in town and even my place of work. I have panic attacks about him approaching me every time I see him. Friends say I should consider obtaining an injunction to prevent him contacting me. Could I do this?Read more
Q: My boyfriend proposed to me when we were on holiday in January and I accepted. After we got home I left my job 120 miles away to move in with him, but within a few weeks I realised I had made a terrible mistake as he became controlling and jealous. His behaviour got worse and worse until my life became unbearable. I literally had to plan my escape and in May I moved out and have been staying with a friend ever since. I have no job and no money and now he is demanding that I return my engagement ring. My friend says I should keep it as it was a gift and then I can sell it and use the money to get back on my feet. Am I entitled to do this?Read more
Q: I am a vet in an expanding practice and am considering taking on a trainee vet from overseas through a volunteer work experience programme. I have heard that the government has now introduced an immigration skills charge for employers. Does this apply to all skilled workers from overseas and under what terms?Read more
Q: The Easter holiday was a nightmare for me. My ex would not help with childcare and so I had to spend a fortune on holiday club fees. Unless something changes I may have to quit my job to look after the children through the summer holidays. Is there anything I can do legally to make him help out?Read more
Q&A - Rock star refuses to pay full amount he owes me for guitar. Will it be cheaper to settle for less than sue him?
Q. I run a business selling vintage guitars and have been chasing a £50,000 debt from a well-known rock star. He signed the Sales Agreements and everything was above board so there is no reason why he shouldn’t be paying me. He has offered to pay me £30,000 but I want the full amount. I am reluctant to take this to Court because of the legal costs I might incur from instructing solicitors. Should I just take the £30,000 and write off the rest of the debt?Read more
Q. My ex-partner has been convicted for possession of cocaine. As much as I thought he deserved to be sent to prison, he was only given a fine. With him on the loose I am really worried about our 6 year old son as my ex is a bad influence on him. Is there any way I can stop him having contact with my son now that he has been charged with a criminal offence?Read more
Q: Currently my daughter and her fiancé live together in a home they bought on joint mortgage. I believe they plan to get married later this year but I am not convinced they will or even if they do that they will stay together in the long term. She is my only child. If I leave everything in Trust for her when I die, will it prevent her fiancé from having any entitlement to it? Also, are there long term costs associated with setting up a Trust?Read more
Q&A - My ex has gone back on agreement for me to take our children abroad on holiday. What can I do?
Q. I had agreed with my ex that I could take the children abroad on holiday this summer. She is now refusing to give me their passports and is saying she is taking them abroad with her new partner. Can she do this?Read more