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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Oswestry law firm wins Civic award for prestigious new offices

An Oswestry law firm has won a Civic Society award for making “a significant contribution to the landscape and life of the community” when it opened new office premises in the town earlier this year.

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Q&A - My ex-partner is refusing to return our children following a visit with him

Q:  My former partner is a really good dad to our two children but our break-up was vitriolic and he’s always resented the children living with me. He’s had them every other weekend since we split but last time they visited he asked if they could stay for two weeks while he was on leave from work. I agreed, but at the end of the fortnight he wouldn’t bring them home. I know the children love being with him but I want them living with me and I don’t know what to do.

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Q&A - Can I reduce workers’ hours until the business gets back on its feet?

Q: My wife and I run a small business with five employees. Unfortunately I’ve just had a customer put back quite a big job. I am sure they will go ahead early next year as they say, but meanwhile I am going to struggle to keep all the staff on the payroll unless I can reduce some of their hours from full-time to part-time. How should I go about doing this and how much notice do I need to give them?

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Q&A - Can personal injury compensation be taken off me to cover bankruptcy debts?

Q: Last year I hit a pothole and came off my bike. At the time I appeared only to have a broken arm but what happened afterwards resulted in me becoming bankrupt. I’d borrowed money shortly before the accident to buy equipment and set up a mobile car repair business, but the broken arm meant I couldn’t work for two months. I then started getting headaches and panic attacks and struggled to remember things. It turned out I had also suffered a fractured skull.

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Law firm to sponsor sports events as part of half century celebrations

One of the region’s oldest law firms is to be a main sponsor of four sporting events scheduled to take place in and around Oswestry over the next twelve months to encourage an active local community.

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Separated parents warned: Make Christmas Eve arrangements for your children early, or prepare for disappointment!

The head of a local family law team has sent out a warning to separated parents who want to spend Christmas Eve with their children, saying they should act now to reach agreement or else face possible disappointment if they have to apply to the Court for a decision.

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Q&A - Ex-partner wants to charge me ‘Occupational Rent’ to stay in the house with our daughter. What does this mean?

Q: I live with my six year old in the house her father and I bought together nine years ago. Her father moved out eighteen months ago to live with a woman he’d met on a bachelor holiday. I didn’t formally end the relationship as I always hoped he would get bored and come back to us.

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Q&A - If I assign the lease on my business premises will I be exempt from future liability?

Q: I have outgrown my leased business premises and want to move. I have two years left to run on my lease, but I have a friend who wants to take over the premises and the lease. If I assign the lease to him will it exempt me from future liability for the premises?
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Q&A - Is it possible to change a Will after someone has died?

Q: I have just discovered that my parents made their Wills in 1994 before the law changed to reduce inheritance tax and they never updated them. My dad died a month ago and mum is in a home because she has dementia. Is there any way that my father’s Will can be changed so that mum can benefit from the current tax free rules?

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Local solicitor urges violent and sexual abuse victims denied compensation under ‘same roof’ rule to take advantage of new right to apply

A Shropshire solicitor is urging victims of violent and sexual crimes that took place prior to 1979 to take advantage of new legislation resulting from a Supreme Court ruling that will enable them to apply retrospectively for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

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