GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Can my employer share data about me that's held on file?

Q:  When I applied for my current job there were many unnecessary questions on the application form that I was required to answer.   How can I discover if my employer is holding this information on file and whether it is held accurately? As I supplied the information, is he legally entitled to pass it on?

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Q&A - Does daughters injury sustained on bouncy castle warrant compensation?

Q: My 5 year old recently attended a party at a Play Centre where there was a small bouncy castle. No-one restricted the number of children going on it and my daughter got pushed off, causing her shoulder to become dislocated. She was in a lot of pain and unable to attend school for 6 weeks. She is still under the hospital. My wife took unpaid leave to care for her. Can we claim compensation?

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Q&A - Do I need a solicitor present at my mothers inquest?

Q: My mother died in hospital and there is going to be an inquest.  Do I need legal representation?

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Q&A - Can we avoid paying care home fees?

Q: My mother needs residential care but we are worried about the cost depleting her assets, including her £475,000 home which passed to her when my Father died 18 months ago.  What can we do?

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Q&A - Am I liable to pay sub-contractors when contractor has gone bust?

Q:  I have engaged a contractor to do extension work on my home and he has since gone bust. Am I liable to pay his sub-contractors in respect of the work they have done?

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Q&A - Can I get compensation for injury caused by tripping on cracked paving?

Q: Shortly before Christmas I went to a local pub for a meal with some friends. During the evening I popped outside to make a phone call. As I was returning after making the call I tripped on the raised lip of a cracked paving slab. I put my hands out to stop the fall but unfortunately in the process I broke my right wrist. As I drive for a living it has meant I have not been able to work. Is there any action can I take to get some compensation?

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Q&A - What is the difference between an Enduring Power of Attorney and a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Q: My solicitor advised me some years ago to set up an Enduring Power of Attorney so that I could act for my parents and handle their financial affairs. I recently mentioned this to a neighbour who has elderly parents, but when she sought legal advice she was advised to take out a Lasting Power of Attorney. What is the difference?

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Q&A - Am I entitled to a portion of my husbands pension if we divorce?

Q: My husband and I have grown apart, but it suits him not to divorce. I haven’t worked since having the children, who are now grown up, so I don’t have a pension in my own right. If we did divorce, would I be entitled to a share of my husband’s pension? I believe he has a substantial private pension fund but I have always left financial matters to him..

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Q&A - Must we go through the divorce court to agree financial settlement?

Q: Is it possible to sort out the finances of a divorce without going through the courts to keep things on a more amicable footing for the sake of the children?

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Q&A - How can we get rid of a difficult Volunteer?

Q: We are a small local charity. One of our volunteers regularly lets us down after agreeing to come in, and when she does come in she only does the bits of the “job” she wants to do. Could there be repercussions if we ask her not to come in again? And should we have provided her with any kind of agreement?

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