Q: I believe my neighbour is abusing his wife and children and getting away with it because of the COVID lockdown. I hear him shouting and swearing at them and I haven’t seen them outside in weeks, although he regularly goes out and comes back with bags of beer cans. I phoned the police, but they say they need more than hearsay to investigate. There are twins in the age group that could have gone back to school this week, but they haven’t gone and in the current situation the school is unlikely to ask why. If I get an opportunity to speak to her or slip her a note, what can I advise her to do?Read more
Q: My wife and I agreed at the start of 2020 to separate. Everything was amicable. I was running a successful business and we agreed between us how things would work financially. The kids would stay with their mother, I would move out and rent somewhere until everything was finalised, and we would divorce on the grounds of two years living apart.Read more
Q: I know a few people who have invested in forestry over the last couple of years and with everything else appearing to be in financial meltdown due to the coronavirus crisis, I am wondering whether forestry sales in this area are buoyant?Read more
Q: My fiancée and I were due to get married in a few weeks’ time. We paid the deposit for the venue around 12 months ago and the balance was due two weeks ago. However, in view of government guidance the wedding has been cancelled. The venue is now demanding payment of the remaining amount. Do we have to pay?Read more
One of the region’s largest independent law firms has reported a week full of surprises in the local property market, as COVID lockdown measures eased and estate agents re-opened their doors.Read more
Q: Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak and lockdown, I served a section 21 and section 8 notice upon my tenant. Both notices have now expired and the tenant is still residing in the property. Am I able to go ahead now and issue Court Proceedings to obtain an Order for Possession?Read more
Q: I am self-employed and, since the Covid-19 government restrictions were imposed, I have lost my main source of income. I have now applied for government assistance, but I am really struggling to pay the rent on my house. Can you tell me whether my landlord can evict me during the lockdown?Read more
Q&A - Should I settle injury claim without medical assessment that due to COVID is currently not possible?
Q: I have an ongoing personal injury claim and I am concerned about how my claim might be affected by the coronavirus. My Solicitor advised me that the Defendant admitted liability and medical evidence would need to be obtained. Is this going to be possible at the moment? I am keen to settle my claim quickly as I am suffering from financial hardship.Read more
Coronavirus Act 2020 and tenancies lawyer reassures struggling self employed tenants the law is on your side!
Lawyers at one of the region’s top law firms say they have been astounded to receive calls from self-employed people who are being threatened with eviction for non-payment of rent they simply cannot find whilst awaiting the promised end of May government aid.Read more
Leading local injury lawyer warns COVID cash-strapped claimants should not settle without medical assessments
A personal injury lawyer at one of the region’s top law firms has voiced concern that cancelled medical assessments due to the COVID-19 shutdown could cause cash-strapped claimants to settle prematurely.Read more