GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Tenant has done a moonlight flit. Can I change the locks and re-let?

Q: I signed up a new tenant on a twelve month shorthold tenancy lease six weeks ago. She paid a month’s rent up front and the same as a deposit, but failed to pay her rent at the start of the second month. She ignored my phone calls so I went round to visit the property and discovered she has moved out, leaving behind a bed, and a trail of damage. She has not returned the keys. Am I legally entitled to go in, remove the items she left, change the locks and re-let the property?

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Q&A - How can I prove my ongoing back pain was caused by an accident at work?

Q: I badly hurt my back in an accident at work 2 years ago. Since then it has got much worse, to the point where I cannot even go to work anymore. My employers accepted that the accident was their fault but told me I won’t stand any chance of bringing a claim against them because the accident could not have caused my ongoing back pain. They said I would have probably suffered from back pain when I reached a certain age anyway. Is it still worth me pursuing a claim?

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Legal staff team up outside office to support colleague in ‘Race for Life’

Staff from one of the largest law firms in Shropshire and North Wales will be teaming up outside office hours next month to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The team will be taking part in the annual Race for Life event, alongside a colleague who was suddenly struck down by breast cancer two years ago.

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Q&A - Is it legal for my ex-wife to allow my children to drink wine when they stay with her?

Q: My ex-wife is French and when the children stay with her she allows them to drink wine with their dinner. When I spoke to my son on the telephone last week he sounded quite tipsy! My children are only 11 and 12 years old. Is she breaking the law?

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Wrexham crime advocate leads the way in vulnerable protection training

A Wrexham Crime solicitor has become one of the first publicly funded advocates in the region to complete new training ahead of it being made compulsory by the Ministry of Justice.

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Q&A - Royal Mail has refused to deliver to me – can they do this?

Q: The Royal Mail has stopped delivering letters to my address and claim that they are able to terminate their service. I have had a few disagreements with our usual postman over the fact that he says my dog is dangerous and scary (Barley is miniature poodle of a calm temperament) and so this wasn’t completely out of the blue. But surely they cannot do this?

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Care case expert is awarded Children Law Accreditation

A public law care case expert who earlier this year joined one of the largest family law teams in North Wales has been awarded Children Law Accreditation by the Law Society.

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Q&A - What is the Stamp Duty Land Tax liability for purchasing a second property?

Q:  I am a homeowner and I am looking to buy a flat as an investment property to rent out. The flat I am interested in is connected to a shop.  If I buy the shop and the flat, will it be classed as a second home and therefore be charged at the higher rate for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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Crime specialist appointed as new Equity Partner at law firm

One of the region’s largest and longest established law firms has announced the appointment of a new equity partner.

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Q&A - If tax laws change before I die, could my beneficiaries change my Will to reduce unexpected tax liabilities?

Q: I have been very careful in considering tax liability implications for the beneficiaries of my Will, but I’m concerned that if the law changes before I die my good intentions may be wasted. I am wondering therefore whether it would be possible for my beneficiaries, who are all close family members, to get together and change certain aspects of my Will to appease such liabilities if it becomes necessary?

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