GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - I have fathered a child. Can I see him?

I have just discovered that I have fathered a son with my former partner. Apparently, she deliberately got pregnant and her only interest in me was for that purpose. Whilst I will not ever forgive her for using me, I would like to get to know my son and play a part in his life. I have contacted my ex-partner to tell her this, but she will not talk to me about it and says she does not want me in her life or our son’s life. Do I have any legal right to be involved in his life?

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Q&A - Can my employee insist on working from home?

Q:        One of our employees has requested to work permanently from home, as he did during lockdown when we temporarily closed our offices to prevent the spread of covid. I am not happy to agree as I believe he will get distracted by his wife and young children when he should be working. Would there be legal implications if I turned down his request?

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Q&A - Can I be made redundant when pregnant?

Q:        I am having a difficult pregnancy due to being diabetic and have had to take a lot of time off work sick, outside my basic maternity leave entitlement. I was furloughed under the government scheme until the end of September and had only been back at work a few weeks when I fell pregnant. The pregnancy was not planned. Now my boss has emailed to tell me he is going to have to let me go as the business needs to make cut-backs. However, three male colleagues who do the same work as me, but have not been there as long as me, are keeping their jobs. Do I have a case for discrimination?

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Q&A - My husband says I will get nothing if we divorce. Can he do this?

Q:        My husband and I have agreed to get a divorce after 25 years of marriage, however he keeps threatening me by saying that he will make sure that I am left with nothing. I only work part time, whereas my husband works full time in a much better paid job. How can I protect myself?

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Q&A - We left each other a life interest in the house. Now my husband has died,can I sell up?

Q:        My husband and I severed the joint tenancy in our home some years ago, and, in our wills, left each other a life interest in our respective half shares as we understood this would prevent all of it being swallowed up by care home fees, if the survivor of us needed residential care. The house goes to our children when we’re both gone. My husband died a few months ago and I’ve done nothing to administer his estate, but I am considering selling the house to buy a smaller one. Can I do this?

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Q&A - Can I claim against the Council for uneven paving?

Q:        My elderly father tripped on an uneven paving slab and broke his hip. He blamed himself for not watching where he put his feet, but I have checked out the slabs in question and it is not just one uneven slab but several. Local people say the council have been informed on several occasions about them. Should my father claim compensation?

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Q&A - Dismissal for incompetence? Or sexual discrimination?

Q. Do I have a case for Discriminatory Dismissal if I have been employed for less than 2 years?

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Q&A - Dad failed to make new Will after remarrying and we have lost our inheritance

Q:    My father remarried late in life but did not make a new Will. Now my father has died, and we have been told his wife is the main beneficiary of his estate, even though in the only Will he ever made he left everything to us. Is there anything we can do about it?

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Q&A - Can we end the Discretionary Nil Rate Band Trust father set up before he died?

Q. My siblings and I are unsure whether we want the complication of administering the trust or whether we can bring it to an end. What are our options?

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Q&A - Can I keep company car to the end of my enforced notice period?

Q:        A downturn in business caused by COVID19 has resulted in me being made redundant. I do not have to work my two months’ notice but am being paid in lieu of it, plus I will be paid for unused holiday. However, my employment package includes a company car which the bosses say they want back the day I go. This is going to make life particularly difficult for me getting to interviews etc, as we only have one family car and my wife needs that to take the kids to school and get to her own work. Can the bosses force me to hand back the car?

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