GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Can employer of 13 years get away with 4 year redundancy pay-out?

Q:  I have worked my employer for 13 years and 4 years ago I was asked to move departments. Last week we were all told we could apply for voluntary redundancy in accordance with funding cuts. I applied and worked out my redundancy package based on my 13 years employment. My application was accepted but the pay-off details stated that I only received a payment based on the last 4 years. I queried this and was told that my contract changed when I moved departments and that is all I am entitled to. Is this correct? .

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Q&A - My tenants have disappeared, taking the keys and owing rent - what should I do?

Q.  I own a commercial property. My tenant told me he had some financial difficulties but hoped to pay owed rent the following month. Three months on he has paid nothing and has left the property. He is saying he owes me nothing, and is also refusing to hand back the keys. What should I do?.

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Q&A - Does son need solicitor present for police station questioning?

Q:  Our son recently got into a fight at school and the head teacher called in the police.  Now it seems the police are holding an investigation into the incident and they have asked us to accompany our son to the police station as they need to ask him a few questions about what happened.  Would it be advisable for us to have a solicitor present?

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Q&A - Liability for mortgage after husband's death

Q:  My late husband and I owned our family home jointly. For tax reasons, my husband was advised to leave his share in the property directly to our four children, all of whom have "flown the nest". Although they have all promised me that the house is mine to live in for as long as I wish, why am I the only one paying the mortgage each month? The children have not heard anything from the building society and it seems unfair that their father's share has gone to them but I am left paying for it.

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Q&A - What are my rights in taking time off work to care for terminally ill wife?

Q:  My wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year. My employers have since let me work from home. Six weeks ago she was admitted into the hospice and my boss said I could take off as much time as I liked to be with her. Now he says I must make a formal request if I intend to take any more time off. What are my rights?

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Brynteg legal clinic enquiries centre on family issues

Lawyers from a leading Wrexham law firm who began providing free legal information at outreach sessions in Brynteg a month ago say the majority of enquiries they have received so far are related to family matters.

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Q&A - What happens to partnership share when one partner dies?

Q.  My father and uncle are the partners in the family business in which my father has invested heavily over the years. They inherited the business from their parents. Currently my cousin and I both work for the firm but we don't see eye to eye. My uncle is terminally ill and I'm worried what will happen when he dies.

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Q&A - Safeguarding my cash deposit when mortgage is in his name

Q:  My boyfriend and I want to buy a house together but only he can get a mortgage and pay it as my earnings are low and irregular. However, due to being given a substantial amount of money by my godmother, I am the one who has the £12,000 for the deposit. How can we ensure our differing interests are safeguarded in the event that anything should happen to one of us or we should split up?

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Q&A - Bosses kicking heels over request for reduced hours due to disability

Q:  I am suffering from a long term illness. Although the illness itself does not affect my ability to do my job normally, due to the effects of the illness I am no longer able to carry on working a full day. After discussing the problem with my GP I asked my employers to reduce my hours to fit around the illness. They agreed to look into the matter and I know they have asked my GP for a report. They have also contacted an Occupational Therapist and I believe they have spoken to their solicitors, but nothing further seems to be happening. What should I do now?

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Q&A - Can I get compensation for lost earnings due to rugby match injury?

Q:  I play rugby for my local team. Recently I suffered a broken leg when I was tackled by a player in the other team and as a result I am off work. Can I get compensation for lost earnings?

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