Q: I have been mentally and physically abused by my husband for years, often in front of the children. I cannot take any more, but I have no money to get a solicitor and go to court for an injunction to stop him, or to leave him. Can you still get legal aid and if so, what do you have to do?Read more
Q: The COVID lockdown ended our marriage and I moved out and rented a room in a mate’s house. For the sake of the kids, I agreed I would not force a sale on the house that my ex and I own jointly, and I have carried on paying the mortgage, which is why I can only afford a room for myself. Now my ex has met someone online and wants him to move in. Should I make her sell up? Or can I charge him rent?Read more
Q: Early on in the coronavirus pandemic I was put on furlough, but I went back to work full time in March. Since then I have ended up being on call almost every weekend due to various colleagues having to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. I have pointed this out to the boss and have also pointed out that I have not been paid any extra and it is contrary to what it says in my contract. He told me if I want to keep my job that’s how it is and that our contracts are going to be changed anyway. Can they do that?Read more
Q&A - Was hospital negligent in failing to recognize sepsis symptoms that resulted in leg amputation?
Q: I had an x-ray at hospital for leg pain and was diagnosed with a small fracture in my foot. Over the next week, my symptoms worsened. The leg pain became severe, and I felt feverish. I went to A&E and had a further x-ray, which confirmed that I had fractured my foot. I was discharged and sent home.Read more
Q: When I visited an elderly friend in the nursing home where she has been since pre covid she was very distressed and said she wants to leave but is kept locked in. She claims staff say she cannot leave because of a ‘DOLS’, but she does not understand what that is. The staff would not talk to me about it due to data protection. Her son has died since she went into the home. How can I help her?Read more
Q&A - Life-changing injuries from a fall at work means I am getting into serious debt. What should I do?
Q: Last year I got a job working as a painter. During my first week I was told to attend a property to paint the exterior windows and soffit boards. Whilst I was setting up the ladders to access them, I fell from a height and suffered life changing injuries. After my accident, the Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation into what happened. My employer pleaded guilty to breaching Health and Safety laws and has been fined. I am paralysed from the waist down and I will never be able to return to work. I left school with no qualifications, and I have only ever done manual labour, so my options are very limited. I am only 35 years old, have 2 children to support and I am getting into serious debt. What can I do?Read more
Q: My husband died in Afghanistan and now I have been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. My parents are elderly and my in-laws and sister all live abroad, so I do not have any relatives who could feasibly look after my daughter and bring her up if I die. Her godparents, who are my closest friends, adore her and would gladly have her, but as they are not her blood relatives how can I go about ensuring that this can happen?Read more
Q: I am 28 so have not yet been offered a covid vaccination, but I know when I am that I will not want it, and I also know that my employer will expect me to have it. I do not like needles or the idea of having chemicals pumped into me when I am not ill. The big question is, could my employer get rid of me if I refuse the vaccine? Wouldn’t an ultimatum of get vaccinated or get the sack be contravening my employee rights? I only started with the firm at the end of 2019 so I don’t think I would be able to go to a tribunal and bring a case of unfair dismissal.Read more
Q: I am just two months into a twelve-month AST and my landlord has informed me that she has decided to sell up. I particularly asked for a 12-month term lease because I wanted to feel settled after a traumatic period in my life, so I don’t want to move out, but I am also concerned about getting a new landlord in case they put my rent up. What are my rights?Read more
Q: My fiancé and I both have grown up children who are currently sole beneficiaries of our respective Wills. We are both financially independent and wish to continue to keep our estates separate when we marry so that our children will retain their due inheritance. We each own a mortgage-free property and plan to rent out one and live in the other, so if anything happens to one of us the other can continue living where we were before. We have opened a joint bank account into which we will each put an equal amount for living costs. If we keep everything separate, is there any need to make new Wills?Read more