GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Boss is trying to wriggle out of giving me sick pay. What should I do?

Q: I have worked where I am now for eight years. When the old boss retired his sons took over running the business and it’s all about every penny going in their pockets. They don’t care about us workers. I broke my collarbone playing football in September and I’ve been off work ever since because my job is manual and I can’t do it. I thought I’d get sick pay but the boss says I’m not entitled because I’m no longer on the rota and I only have a casual contract that doesn’t state enough hours. Yet I’ve always worked more hours than it says in my contract. What can I do?

Read more

Q&A - How do I challenge Dr’s decision to detain me under the Mental Health Act?

Q:  I have recently been detained in hospital under section 3 of the Mental Health Act but I do not agree with my detention and I want to challenge the Doctor’s decision to detain me. What are my options?

Read more

Q&A - Can ex-wife make our kids take her new name without my consent?

Q: My two children live with my ex-wife. I work and live over two hundred miles away but am constantly in touch with the children via social media and telephone and I pay regular maintenance for them. In the school holidays I take time off and they come and stay with me.

Read more

Q&A - Can I claim against former lover's estate on behalf of our young son?

Q: Nine years ago I had a child with my former lover who was and still is married. When our relationship ended I respected his wishes to keep it and our son a secret, to prevent his family suffering any indignity as a result of his behaviour. In return he paid a generous sum into my bank account each month which also covered school fees. Two months ago the money stopped and I have just discovered that my former lover died of a sudden heart attack. It is unlikely that he would have made any provision for us in his Will. Is there any way I can make a claim on his estate on behalf of our son?

Read more

Q&A - Should we work on family farm in return for verbal promise of inheriting it?

Q: My husband and I are tenant farmers. Now my dad is getting on he wants us to give up our farm next year and work for him on the family farm. He says it makes sense for us to take over the running now and if we do then we will inherit it when anything happens to him. The problem is, he’s not keen to go to a solicitor at this stage to legalise the arrangement and I’m worried that if we give up our farm and something goes wrong we will be left with nothing.

Read more

Q&A - Do I have the same entitlement to step-father’s estate as my half-siblings?

Q: My mum and step-dad married when I was two. Although he didn’t adopt me he’s the only dad I’ve ever known and he’s treated me exactly like my half siblings born to him and mum.

Read more

Q&A - Son says father mistreats him when he has access. Can I refuse contact?

Q.  I separated from my husband last year and he has got a court order to see our son every week. My son has recently told me that his father is very often mean to him and if he does not do as he is told his father smacks him and locks him in his room. Can I stop the contact or will I be punished for breaching the Order?

Read more

Q&A - Is it too late to make a claim on ex-husband's pension?

Q:  My ex-husband and I divorced amicably over ten years ago after twenty eight years of marriage. Our children had grown up and neither of us has ever remarried. When we divorced my husband said he would see me alright out of his pension if I was on my own when we got old, but there was no formal arrangement.

Read more

Q&A - What rights does the Nearest Relative of a mental health detainee have?

Q: My son has been detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act. I have been informed that I am his ‘Nearest Relative’. I disagree with his detention but don’t know if I have any rights to do anything about it. What do you advise?

Read more

Q&A - Can I stop my cheating husband from losing his assets if I make him wait for a divorce?

Q: My husband has left me for another woman. I am so hurt and angry that I intend to make him wait the mandatory five years without consent to get a divorce. However, a friend has suggested that I may be doing myself a disservice as during those five years he could dispose of his assets and I would miss out in the financial settlement.

Read more