GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A Do consumer rights cover car purchase? If so, what are they?

My daughter bought a second-hand car from a garage in July this year. She paid £8,500 for it, which included the trade-in of her old car. Since getting it, she has had to take it back twice because the front footwells keep filling with water after a heavy downpour of rain. Both times the garage said they could find nothing wrong, and it must be because she doesn’t clear the leaves out of the windscreen gutter. Now it has happened again, and they say they can do nothing more. Can she return the car and demand a refund?

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Shropshire Mental Health lawyer stages Christmas play in aid of UNICEF Ukraine Appeal

‘A Carpenter’s Tale’ will be performed at Shrewsbury College Arts Theatre, London Road Campus, at 7pm on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd December. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased from www.ticketsource.co.uk/acarpenterstale, on the door, or in person from Pengwern Books.

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Q&A Should we set up a Family Trust to protect our expanding business?

My wife and I moved our business online when lockdown came and have been so successful that we have already expanded once. Now we have plans to diversify and bring our children into the business. At some stage we may consider outside shareholdings as a way of attracting investment to expand even further. If we do this, would setting up a family trust protect our family interests?

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Q&A Development on adjoining land has caused my garden to flood. What can I do?

A field behind my house has become a construction site for thirty new homes. The land naturally slopes down towards my garden. Following recent torrential rain, a large pool formed on the other side of my fence and seeped underneath it. This part of the site is to remain an ‘open area’. I contacted the developer who said they had ‘dug a temporary ditch’ on their land for the water to soak away and ultimately a ‘pond’ would be constructed that would act as a soak-away. I believe the bottom of my fence will go rotten because of it and my garden could be ruined. Also, who takes responsibility when the development is finished? What can I do?

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Q&A Should we get a solicitor to check over contract with builder before signing?

We have just had plans drawn up for a large extension on the back of our house that we are hoping to start next Spring. We have a builder lined up, but we don’t really know anything about him so we wondering whether we should get a solicitor to look over the contract before we sign anything?

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Q&A Parenting arrangement is not working now children are older. What can I do?

When my wife and I divorced we came to an informal arrangement between ourselves about our two children. They were to live with her and spend every other weekend with me. However, they are now getting older and more independent and often want to do things with their friends at the weekends.

This I accept as I want them to grow up with friends and pursuing their various activities, but it means I rarely get to spend quality time with them. They would be happy to spend some weekdays with me, but my ex-wife has refused. What should I do?

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Q&A Client sexually harasses me, but boss laughs it off. What can I do?

I am expected to entertain clients out of hours to discuss projects. One client who is of great financial importance to my directors, has made highly suggestive comments that made me very uncomfortable the last two times I have entertained him to dinner. I have had sleepless nights thinking about having to meet with him again. When I spoke to my director about it he told me I was being over-sensitive, that it was just ‘client banter’, and I should feel flattered! I am worried that I will lose my job if I refuse to meet with him again. What should I do?

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Q&A My wife wants a divorce. Will it reflect badly on me if I don’t attend mediation?

My wife has forced me to sleep in the spare room for eighteen months and now she has moved out with our two young boys. I have just found out that she has attended Mediation, so I presume she is planning to apply for a divorce. I say I presume because she won’t actually speak to me. My brother says I should also attend Mediation, but I really don’t want to. It just feels wrong to me when I don’t want to be divorced from her. Will it be held against me if I don’t go for Mediation, and she applies for a divorce?

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Landlords Beware: The Rules they are a-changin’

On December 1st private landlords in Wales will be coming to terms with more changes to the industry as even more new legislation comes into force.

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Q&A How long does it take to process a Power of Attorney?

Q. My husband and I are thinking of preparing lasting powers of attorney to appoint our sons as our property and finances attorneys. We have been putting it off for the best part of a year now, but someone told us it takes ages to get powers of attorney registered and you never really know what’s around the corner, do you? Can you tell me how long the process can take?

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