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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Solicitor failed to put redundancy settlement advice in writing. What can I do?

Q: My job ended due to a disputed redundancy a few months ago and I received a settlement payment after signing a Settlement Agreement.  The trouble is that it was all done a bit of a rush and I don’t really understand what the Settlement Agreement said.  Apart from anything else, this is causing me a problem because I do need to know where I can and cannot work in the future.  I signed the Agreement off with a solicitor at the time, but I can’t remember what they told me about it and they didn’t ever send me anything about it in writing. What can I do?

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Q&A - Will Courts grant access to my daughter if I am not on her birth certificate?

Q.  My ex-partner is mother to our daughter but she won’t let me see her. Can I still apply to the Court to see my daughter even though I am not on her birth certificate?
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Q&A - Barrier came down on my car and my shoulder. Do I have a case for claiming damages?

Q: On the last day at a rented holiday apartment I scanned the carpark pass to leave. The barrier lifted but came down before I had got fully though, hitting my car. It rose again and I got out to survey the damage, but while I was looking it came down again on my shoulder. No-one was around and as the barrier was on the edge of the main road I had to drive off to avoid it happening again.

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Q&A - Why is buying a forestry a good investment and what do I need to know?

Q: I have been reading a lot recently about forestry being a good investment.  Do you have any to pay Stamp Duty on woodland?  And what legal aspects should I be aware of?

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Q&A - If I appoint two attorneys on an LPA will they both have to sign everything?

Q: I am thinking of setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney and would like to appoint my two children as my Attorneys. As one of them travels a lot with his job I wonder if they would have to make decisions and sign paperwork jointly or whether one of them could act on behalf of the other?

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Q&A - Environment Agency is prosecuting for innocent contamination offence. Do we need a solicitor?

Q: My brother, who is a farmer, is on the verge of a nervous breakdown because the Environment Agency is bringing a prosecution against him for slurry pollution which he was completely unaware of.

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Q&A - My Civil Partner has cheated on me. Is this a ground for dissolving the partnership?

Q: I have been in a civil partnership since 2006 but have just found out my partner has been cheating on me, something I have suspected for a while. Is this a legal ground for ending the partnership? And will I be entitled to half of everything we own?

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Q&A - Should I try and stop my violent ex-partner from seeing our children?

Q.  My ex was violent towards me during our relationship and I am worried that his vile temper will have an impact upon the children. Should I stop him seeing them?

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Q&A - Landlord has given me notice to quit business premises after 15 years. Can he do this?

Q: I run a small café from rented premises and have done so for the last 15 years without any problems. However my landlord now tells me he intends to demolish and redevelop the property and wants me out and has given me notice. Can he do this?

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Q&A - As an executor of aunt’s Will can I sign all paperwork if the other executor lives abroad?

Q:  My aunt recently passed away. In her Will she appointed my sister and me as her executors. This could be a problem though as my sister has been living in Australia for the past few years. Can you please tell me whether my sister is still required to act as an executor and sign all the paperwork before we can apply for probate? Or can I sign everything without her? Otherwise it is going to be very difficult if she has got to come over from Australia and stay until everything has been dealt with.

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