GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Mentally abusive husband is depriving wife of cash. Is help available for divorce?

Q:  My friend has been subjected to abuse from her husband for years. The abuse is verbal and controlling rather than physical, so she is able to hide it. She won’t leave him because she is a stay at home mum with no money of her own and she believes that unless she actually divorces him and gets a share of their assets and maintenance she won’t be able to survive. In the meantime she can’t afford to go through the process of divorce. Surely there is something she can do?

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Q&A - Can boss install CCTV to spy on me at work without telling me it is there?

Q: I’m a packer in an export firm. The boss lives abroad and the manager, who is my estranged elder brother, reckoned he found parcels I hadn’t sealed properly. He reported me and the boss told him to give me a warning. When I attended a disciplinary meeting he lied about everything. I was so upset I’m now signed off work with stress. He said he could prove I hadn’t done the job properly because there were CCTV cameras in the warehouse. Could I have them for spying on me with CCTV when they never informed me?

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Q&A - Will Inquest establish what happened to my dead son in police custody?

Q: My son went for a night out in town when he was on Army leave and ended up in the police station where he tragically died. There has been a police inquiry but I don’t know the outcome. Now there is going to be an inquest. How can I find out what people say happened so I don’t have to hear it for the first time at the inquest? Will the Coroner explore the events leading to his death? 

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Q&A - Why should property be registered at the Land Registry before the owner dies?

Q: My aunt has asked me to be the main executor of her Will. Among other assets, she owns two rental properties that were purchased outright and left to her by her late husband many years ago and which have been managed and let by an agent since his death. I have suggested to her that they may not be registered and this could cause a problem when they are sold but she insists not. I don’t think she understands the implications. Could you please outline them so that I can show her?

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Q&A - Can you advise on personal data protection between offices?

Q: We are a successful business about to open two new offices and are looking to build our own intranet-based personnel system with a virtual two-way access platform. As there will be personal information stored and shared on it, what should we be aware of regarding data protection?

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Q&A - I think my son is being bullied in prison. What should I do?

Q:  I visited my son in prison last week and I have been so worried about him ever since. He is usually so outgoing but this time he was very withdrawn and didn’t want to talk. He even cut the visit short. He said he didn’t feel well but he kept looking around him and seemed very nervous. The more I think about it the more I am sure he is being bullied. I don’t know whether I should say something in case he is too afraid to say anything himself, but I don’t want to make things difficult or worse for him. Can you advise me what I should do?

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Q&A - My wife is divorcing me for unreasonable behaviour I haven’t committed!

Q: My wife informed me yesterday that she is to divorce me on grounds of unreasonable behaviour. How can she say this when I have never behaved in such a way and she is telling lies?

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Q&A - Authorities say we can't get our son out of care home where he is unhappy because he lacks capacity. Is this true?

Q: My 19 year old son suffers from cerebral palsy and has recently been moved to a Young Adult Care Home. I am told that he is subject to a “DOLS”.  I agreed to him being placed in the Care Home at the time but I don’t think he should be in the current care home anymore. He has told me that he is very unhappy there and I have raised this with the Local Authority but have been told that there is nothing we can do because he lacks capacity to make decisions. Is this true?

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Q&A - Can I make alterations to commercial premises I am looking to rent?

Q: I am looking to open a high street hairdressing salon and have been offered a lease.  The shop front is perfect but I need to renovate the inside and possibly knock walls down.  As the inside is dark, I would also like to put in a skylight? Could I make these alterations to a rented property?

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Q&A - If I go to prison will my children be able to visit me?

Q:  I am due in court next month and the way things are looking I am worried that I may end up going to prison. As I’ve never been in a prison before I don’t know what to expect. I’m especially worried about the effects it will have on my children. Will they be able to visit me in prison? And if they can visit me will they have to go through things like being searched? What will happen if they get upset or bored, will it mean my partner will have to cut short the visit?

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