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COVID lockdown has not hindered new appointments at top Wrexham law firm

Whilst the Coronavirus pandemic may have caused disruption to the way in which businesses operate, it has certainly not hindered the appointment of new staff at a leading Wrexham law firm.

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Oswestry child law specialists predict spike in care proceedings enquiries as COVID-19 lockdown eases for schools.

As schools in the Oswestry area prepare to cope with the return of pupils after the three-month break enforced by COVID-19, solicitors in the town are getting ready for an anticipated ‘spike’ in enquiries relating to care proceedings.

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Q&A - Are the Local Authority using COVID-19 as an excuse to keep my son in care?

Q:  I recently agreed to my son going into care because I couldn’t cope. It was only meant to be short term until I got well again. Now I think social services are using the COVID-19 crisis as an excuse to delay him being allowed to come back home to live with me. I haven’t been able to visit him because of the lockdown rules. I can only speak to him on the phone, and when I do it’s clear that he is traumatised by not being able to see me and he thinks this is how it’s going to be for ever. This is going to make me ill again. What can I do?

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Q&A - Work accident left me with life changing injuries now I am being pushed out of my job!

Q:  While I was working on a building site last year some wooden floorboards were delivered. One of the lads was moving the boards with a forklift and my boss asked me to climb up onto the back of the lorry so I could help steady them. I am an experienced labourer and I wasn’t happy about this from a health & safety aspect, but if you want to keep your job you don’t argue with the boss! Unfortunately, the boards toppled off the forklift on top of me and pushed me off the lorry. I sustained a spinal fracture and have been off work for 8 months. My consultant said I should not return to any heavy physical work and now my boss is trying to get rid of me. What are my rights?

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Balancing legal requirements with protection during COVID lockdown is key for child safety, says local lawyer

A child law and mental health expert at one of the region’s top law firms has hit back over claims that child protection could be compromised for the long term, due to courts being closed during the COVID-19 lockdown and a suggestion that more cases could be heard remotely after the pandemic ends.

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Q&A - What help is available for victims of domestic abuse during COVID19 lockdown?

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?

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Q&A - Coronavirus is playing havoc with my divorce plans should I put everything on hold?

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.

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Q&A - Are forestry sales still buoyant in light of the COVID crisis?

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?

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Q&A - Our wedding has been cancelled but the venue say we should still pay!

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?

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COVID lockdown easing brings surprise surge in work for Wrexham property lawyers

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.

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