GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - I got COVID-19 after return to workplace with no safety systems. Can I sue?

Q:    I returned to work in June after being on furlough. Several days after that I developed a temperature and dry cough. I went into self-isolation and tested positive for Covid-19. I had a short spell in hospital but I am now much better. I am convinced that I contracted the virus at work. No safety systems were in place and the office layout meant staff could not adhere to social distancing. My concerned friend at work asked HR if she could see the coronavirus risk assessment and was advised it has not yet been finalised. Could I make a claim against my employer?

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Wrexham woman fulfills schoolgirl dream to train as a solicitor

A Wrexham woman has returned to the law firm where she did work experience as a seventeen-year old schoolgirl, to begin a training contract that will see her qualify as a solicitor in two years’ time.

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Q&A - Can boss refuse to pay me during COVID quarantine if overseas travel was family emergency?

Q:    I was furloughed in March. I am due to return to work after August bank holiday. The boss made us take our annual leave during the furlough period so he had all hands on deck when he re-opened. But I had to travel to Spain in July because my father, who lives there alone, had a heart attack. He is now recovering well and I plan to return home next week, but of course I can’t go back to work for 2 weeks because of COVID-19 quarantine. I asked the boss if I could carry my annual leave over as I hadn’t requested to take it during furlough, it was forced on me. He refused, saying he won’t pay me until I do go back. Can he do that?

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Q&A - Would claiming compensation from the NHS for clinical negligence seem insensitive during the COVID pandemic?

A:    My husband became ill in February. Our GP referred him for a consultant appointment at the hospital, but he ended up with a video appointment due to coronavirus. As his problem was internal this was little help. He was just told to take antacid medication. His situation worsened but, concerned about pressures on the NHS, he did not want to make a fuss.

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Q&A - Will my home have to be sold to pay the fees if I have to go into a care home?

Q.  I am concerned that if I have to go into a care home, I might have to sell my home to pay for my care and my son and granddaughters wouldn’t get anything at all? Is this correct?

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Q&A - Do I need a legal document for someone else to deal with my affairs?

Q.  Because of the pandemic I have been very worried that if I become ill, I wouldn’t be able to deal with everything that I normally have to deal with. If this happens would my brother be able to deal with everything, or do I need to make a power of attorney?

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Q&A - Should I update my Will even if my circumstances have not changed?

Q.  I made my Will years ago when I divorced.  Whilst my circumstances have not really changed and I have not remarried, I am concerned that as it was drawn up quickly it does not really reflect what I want to happen when I die. I am happy for my son to receive my house but, if he sells it, I would like him to ensure some of the money goes to his 3 daughters, my granddaughters.  I might also want to leave some money to other relatives.

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Q&A - My ex claims he cannot return our daughter due to COVID-19 contact. What can I do?

Q:    My daughter usually lives with me and stays with her father every other weekend. That is what the court ordered. But when the COVID lockdown began and she couldn’t go to school, I agreed she could stay with him as he was furloughed and I had to carry on working. Now I have been made redundant and my ex is refusing to return her to me as he says his brother tested positive for coronavirus and they were with him, so they have got to self-isolate. I don’t believe him, and I think he has lied to my daughter about it too. What can I do?

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As COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease solicitor warns of potential road accidents

After reporting a significant fall in the number of injury claims arising from road traffic accidents following the COVID-19 lockdown, a solicitor with one of the region’s largest independent law firms warns that road users should take extra caution and drive safely as lockdown restrictions ease.

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Q&A - Our home is in my husband’s name only, will it have to be sold to pay for his care?

Q:  My husband and I married over 60 years ago but the house we have lived in all our married lives is in my husband’s name only. He has now been diagnosed with dementia and I’m worried what will happen if he has to go into care. Will the house have to be sold to pay for it? He has always handled our affairs and I don’t know what to do. We made Wills years ago leaving everything to each other, and I suppose after that the children get everything.

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