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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - What is Mediation? Can’t I just go straight to the Family Court?

Q.  My ex has been refusing to let me see the kids since I began a new relationship. It’s just sheer spite on her part because the kids have met my new partner and they really like her. I thought perhaps I could take her to court but my mate at work says he went through something similar and he was told he would have to prove he’d tried to resolve the issue through mediation before he could go to Court. What exactly is mediation?

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Q&A - How can I get my children back from long term foster care?

Q:  My two children were placed in long term foster care after Court proceedings finished in 2015. I have worked hard to turn my life around and address my issues with alcohol and drugs and I now want to have my children returned to me. What are my chances?

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Q&A - Fraudsters claim my car hit theirs and injured them. What can I do?

Q:  I was driving onto a roundabout that is partly controlled by traffic lights, with fast moving traffic feeding from a dual carriageway.   I slotted into a lane promptly so I was not blocking other traffic, but another car nipped in at some speed in front of me.   I felt this was a dangerous manoeuver so I hooted them.   The traffic lights changed.  We exited the roundabout and immediately this other vehicle slammed on its brakes.  I reacted quickly but our bumpers touched.   The driver and passenger jumped out of their vehicle, looked theatrically where the two cars touched and claimed there was a lot of damage.  Before I could take their details they got back into their car and phoned for an ambulance and Police. 

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Q&A - Does chronic pain disorder qualify for an injury compensation claim?

Q: I sustained a back injury when I was hit by a lorry and my car rolled over. After 12 months of physiotherapy I am still in severe pain and off work. I have had numerous x-rays and MRI scans but doctors cannot find anything wrong. Now a consultant has told me I have chronic pain disorder. Is this classed as an ‘injury’ for which I can claim compensation?

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Q&A - Can I stop ex from changing our children’s names to her maiden name?

Q: I separated from my wife years ago and earlier this year we finally got divorced. After the divorce she decided to go back to her maiden name. In a way I could understand why she wanted to, but I did say I thought it would be confusing for the children if she had a different name to them. Now she is saying she is going to change the children’s names to her maiden name as well. Surely she can’t just go ahead and change their names without my agreement? They are my

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Q&A - Should contracts of employment include company policies and procedures?

Q: I run a newly formed but very successful digital design agency. At the moment my staff only have basic contracts of employment and I want to introduce revised contracts to protect my business. I am, however, unsure how to deal with my grievance and disciplinary policies. Do these have to go in the contract?

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Q&A - My husband looks at porn every day. Is this a ground for divorce?

Q.  I was appalled to discover through my husband’s internet history on his phone that he has been looking at porn on a daily basis. Do I have grounds for divorce?

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Q&A - Can employer demote me for taking maternity leave during probation period?

Q: I was promoted to a new position within the Civil Service which was subject to a two-year probationary period. I went on maternity leave within the two-year period and have now received a letter which says that I am now being demoted as I have failed to complete my probationary period within the allowed time. Can my employers do this?

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Q&A - How should I go about letting agricultural land out for grazing?

Q: A farmer cousin of mine in Yorkshire has made a healthy sum from unused land this summer by letting it out for grazing. I am now thinking about doing the same next year. Can you explain the best way to go about it?

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Q&A - How can I stop staff browsing Facebook in company time?

Q: I run a medium sized company where all staff have access to the internet.  Members of staff are allowed to access the internet for work purposes and during their lunch hour.  Although we have a social media policy I have been made aware that at least one member of staff is browsing facebook and other similar sites during the working day, outside of the lunch hour.  What can I do about this as it is causing considerable upset among the staff?   

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