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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

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: Our adult son has learning difficulties. At eighteen he moved into supported living accommodation where he seemed happy, but earlier this year the authorities moved him, saying he needed to be in a more secure environment. He is not happy and we believe his freedom is being unnecessarily restricted but we don't know what to do.

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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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Q&A - Do I need special T&Cs to sell handmade goods through online shop?

Q: I have a bicycle repair and hire business in a tourist area which I set up two years ago after being made redundant. It has gone really well and I am now thinking of branching out into building tailor-made bikes. Due to the specialist nature of this I feel I would benefit from having a website that could promote the business far and wide. However, as I will be using photographs that won't necessarily represent the tailor made products that people will be buying, I am wondering whether I should include any special terms and conditions of sale on my website?

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Q&A - Can father claim compensation for damage caused by using vibrating tools?

Q: My father has been a road construction worker most of his working life, often operating drills for hours on end without a break. In recent years he has complained of pins and needles and stiffness in his fingers and hands. The problem has got steadily worse and now he's trying to fathom out if he can afford to retire early. He says it's just old age wear and tear, but I think it has something to do with the machinery he uses and that he might have a case for an industrial injury claim. Could this be the case?

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Q&A - Can employers sack me if I put in a personal injury claim against them?

Q: On my first day in a new job my employers had no spare goggles for me to wear whilst handling acidic chemicals, or gave me chemical handling training. My manager just told me to be very careful. Unfortunately the chemical sprayed into my face and I got badly burnt. I have permanent scarring on my face and am now blind in one eye. Can my employers sack me if I make a personal injury claim against them?

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Q&A - How can I be sure overseas prospective employees are in the UK legitimately?

Q: I am about to advertise for workers to help in my landscaping business. We have a lot of foreign nationals looking for work in this area and I am happy to take them on but I am worried about whether they are in the country legally. What checks should I do to ensure the worker is in the country legitimately and that I am not breaking the law in any way?

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Mental Health lawyer voices concern about effects of court overload on vulnerable persons

The lawyer who heads up one of the area's largest family and mental health legal teams has spoken out in support of what he calls ‘a grave warning' issued this week by the most senior family judge in the land.

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Family lawyer gains mediation accreditation

A partner in one of the area's largest family law teams which has offices in Wrexham, Llangollen and Oswestry has qualified to undertake Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAM) and sign FM1 forms.

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