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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Legal secretary to brave Midnight Walk despite sustaining injury on previous attempt

A legal secretary from Penyffordd has signed up to take part in the 2015 sponsored 10-mile Midnight Walk around Wrexham, despite tripping over a speed bump on the same walk previously and injuring herself.

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Leading law firm appoints Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners member

A leading North Wales law firm has appointed a new Trusts and Probate Executive to work in the busy private client department at its Wrexham head office.

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Q&A - Could father claim compensation for lung condition if he handled asbestos?

Q:  My father has just been diagnosed with a serious lung condition which we have been told is probably as a result of working with asbestos. Although he didn’t ever work directly with asbestos he worked on a construction site for two years which involved the removal of asbestos from existing buildings which they had to demolish before building work started. At that time site workers were not made aware of any dangers when handling asbestos, nor were they given protective clothing to wear. Would my father have a case for claiming compensation?

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Q&A - Care home stopped our daughter coming home after respite and are restricting our visits. What can we do?

Q: My daughter is 22 and on the autistic spectrum. Last summer my wife and I placed her in a Respite Home for two weeks so that we could have a holiday, but since we got back they have not allowed her to return home.  She is desperately unhappy and indicates often that she wants to come home to her family.  To make matters worse our visiting has been restricted by the home due, they say, to her behaviour and distress following visits.  We are totally distraught. What can we do?

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Q&A - Can I claim against my architects for negligence?

Q: As I live in a conservation area I paid an expensive firm of architects to draw up plans for a large extension and get planning permission. Now the whole thing has turned into a nightmare. They got the planning permission but they changed the design and the materials so many times to appease the planners, without any consideration to build cost.

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Q&A - How can Mediation sort out divorce issues when we cannot speak without a row?

Q:  My wife and I have lived apart for three years but never got round to divorcing because we couldn’t even speak to each other without a slanging match starting in the first five minutes. She had a good job and took over paying the mortgage and I moved in with my girlfriend and things have just bumbled along.

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Q&A - Are there pitfalls to buying a house where solar panels have been installed?

Q: We want to move but in the area we like most of the properties have solar panels on the roof, which look dreadful. The estate agents say ‘just remove them if you don’t like them’, but I am wondering whether you would need permission from anyone to do that. Could we run into any potential problems?

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Q&A - How do I go about reducing employees hours from full to part time?

Q: I run a small engineering business. We have just had a big job put back and I am going to find it difficult to keep all the staff on until it comes back on line. However, if I could reduce the hours of a couple of them from full-time to part-time it may be possible. How should I go about doing this and how much notice do I need to give them?

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Q&A - What is the role of a Relevant Persons Representative?

Q: My widowed father had grown very frail and forgetful and Social Services organised the paperwork for him to go into a care home. I have now been asked if I want to be his ‘Relevant Person’s Representative’.  I have put off answering because I don’t know what that means. Can you tell me?

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Q&A - Is it true that residential landlords can be held liable for tenants behaviour?

Q: I have five rental properties which I manage myself as I am retired and don’t want to incur letting agency fees. Two of the properties are holiday lets and three have long term tenants. Until now I have not had any concerns about dealing direct with tenants myself, but I have heard a couple of worrying things recently that are making me reconsider. The first was that landlords can now be held responsible for noisy tenants and the second was that landlords are now being held responsible for doing immigration checks if the tenant is not a UK national. Are these things true?

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