GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - What are the current laws on surrogacy and how and when are they changing?

Q: I saw recently on the news that the current surrogacy laws are to be updated. Can you advise what changes will be made and when, as my husband and I have been unable to conceive naturally and are considering surrogacy as an option.

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Q&A - Hotel flood ruined my work's IT equipment. Are they liable for the damage?

Q.  I am an IT Engineer and often spend considerable amounts of time away from home with work. I was recently staying in a hotel and when I returned to my ground floor room from my evening meal I found various items of my expensive computer equipment water damaged as the result of a flood. The equipment is completely ruined. I have spoken to the hotel owners who have informed me they are not accepting any liability for the damage. Is their stance correct?

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Law firms hopes for sunny outcome to Chirk Castle flower display

Leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm GHP Legal says despite the current inclement weather it is hoping for a sunny outcome to the unique metal sunflower display it has helped to sponsor at Chirk Castle, in aid of Nightingale House hospice.

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Parish Walk will be more than a stroll in the park for fundraising Wrexham solicitor

A Wrexham solicitor is to attempt an 85 mile ‘Parish Walk’ in 24 hours later this month, whilst on holiday in the Isle of Man.

John Lancaster, who is a prominent mental health lawyer with leading law firm GHP Legal and a member of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, will set off on the walk at 8am on 22nd June with the aim of raising funds for Age UK Cheshire and Scripture Union on the Isle of Man.

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Q&A - Can I change the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) I set up six years ago?

Q:  I’ve watched two friends lose capacity and end up in a real pickle because they had not made any provision for something happening that left them unable to look after themselves or their affairs. To avoid being in a similar situation myself, six years ago I set up a Lasting Power of Attorney with my daughter named as Attorney. However, my daughter now lives with a controlling man whose eyes grow large whenever he sees my very substantial house and I am worried he might persuade my daughter to act in his best interests rather than mine. Can I change the LPA if it has been registered?

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Q&A - Can inmate get help to bring a slander case against prison?

Q: My boyfriend is in prison and he really is not having a nice time there.  I saw him last week and broke down in tears afterwards because he was so upset. The other prisoners are all saying he has committed a crime that he has not done, but it is all because the wrong information was put out on the prisoners’ internal email system. 

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Q&A - Personal injury solicitors are not keeping me informed. What can I do?

In our opinion pursuing litigation should always a matter of teamwork.  A good solicitor will always keep you informed about the timetable and when they need some input from you. If your relationship with your solicitor has broken down, now might be the time to switch your instructions to a different firm before anything disastrous happens. You can find a list of local solicitors on The Law Society website who have accreditations in various areas of law. Choosing a local firm with the right accreditation should give you peace of mind.

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Q&A - Can CCJ be set aside if elderly father was unaware of unpaid bill?

Q: My father is elderly and bedbound.  He is reliant upon friends to take care of shopping, washing, and so on. I work away during the week but usually go at the weekends to help him sort out his post, pay his bills etc. I have been away for over two months though, visiting my daughter in Australia. During my absence other people were looking after things. Now it turns out that he is being sued for an unpaid bill for electricity.  I didn’t know anything about the Court case and it seems that judgment has now been entered against him.  What can I do to help?

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Q&A - Do health issues brought on by cellmate hanging himself warrant an injury claim?

Q: My son is serving a prison sentence in jail in Liverpool. He has been a model prisoner since being convicted and was looking forward to early release. Tragically, a few weeks ago, one of the people he was sharing a cell with hung himself.  Even worse, my son had to help the prison officers take down his body.

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Q&A - Can I protect my house for my children if I die and my partner remarries?

Q: I have two young children and I recently had a health scare which has made me think of the future. My husband and I are still quite young and I want to make sure my children would be protected if I was to pass away and he was to remarry or cohabit. I have heard of children being left with no inheritance when a parent dies and the other remarries and wouldn’t want this to happen to my children. Can I stop this from happening?

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