Q: My wife and I run a small business with five employees. Unfortunately I’ve just had a customer put back quite a big job. I am sure they will go ahead early next year as they say, but meanwhile I am going to struggle to keep all the staff on the payroll unless I can reduce some of their hours from full-time to part-time. How should I go about doing this and how much notice do I need to give them?Read more
Q: Last year I hit a pothole and came off my bike. At the time I appeared only to have a broken arm but what happened afterwards resulted in me becoming bankrupt. I’d borrowed money shortly before the accident to buy equipment and set up a mobile car repair business, but the broken arm meant I couldn’t work for two months. I then started getting headaches and panic attacks and struggled to remember things. It turned out I had also suffered a fractured skull.Read more
One of the region’s oldest law firms is to be a main sponsor of four sporting events scheduled to take place in and around Oswestry over the next twelve months to encourage an active local community.Read more
Separated parents warned: Make Christmas Eve arrangements for your children early, or prepare for disappointment!
The head of a local family law team has sent out a warning to separated parents who want to spend Christmas Eve with their children, saying they should act now to reach agreement or else face possible disappointment if they have to apply to the Court for a decision.Read more
Q&A - Ex-partner wants to charge me ‘Occupational Rent’ to stay in the house with our daughter. What does this mean?
Q: I live with my six year old in the house her father and I bought together nine years ago. Her father moved out eighteen months ago to live with a woman he’d met on a bachelor holiday. I didn’t formally end the relationship as I always hoped he would get bored and come back to us.Read more
Q: I have just discovered that my parents made their Wills in 1994 before the law changed to reduce inheritance tax and they never updated them. My dad died a month ago and mum is in a home because she has dementia. Is there any way that my father’s Will can be changed so that mum can benefit from the current tax free rules?Read more
Local solicitor urges violent and sexual abuse victims denied compensation under ‘same roof’ rule to take advantage of new right to apply
A Shropshire solicitor is urging victims of violent and sexual crimes that took place prior to 1979 to take advantage of new legislation resulting from a Supreme Court ruling that will enable them to apply retrospectively for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).Read more
Q: I work in a factory and I have been complaining to my boss that one of the machines has been leaking fluid onto the factory floor. Nothing has been done to repair it. At work this morning, I walked past the machine and slipped over in the fluid. When I fell I hurt my back and my left wrist. I am considering making a claim for compensation. I have never made a claim before so what should I be doing now?.Read more
Q: Some mates and I set up a cycling club last year. On a group ride a few weeks ago one of two chaps riding downhill side by side hit a pothole. He came off his bike and crashed into the other chap who also came off. Oncoming traffic meant the two riders behind were unable to avoid the chaos and they also came off. Bikes were damaged, one guy had a dislocated shoulder and another chap suffered concussion. So I have two questions. Firstly, can the council be sued for the pothole? Secondly, should we, as riders, have insurance in case someone sued us for causing an accident?Read more