Q: I have a couple of disputes going on; one with the Water Board and one concerning an online purchase. They are not massive disputes, but they are each worth a few thousand pounds. Is there anything I can do to keep my legal costs down?Read more
Q: My mum and stepfather decided to get divorced after 12 years of marriage. I think being home together during the past year highlighted that they had little in common. Mum moved in with me and my stepfather stayed in the marital home, which was his before they married. He promised mum a financial settlement and was going to remortgage the house to pay her, but then he died from COVID before the divorce was finalised. Both had wills leaving their respective estates to their respective children. What will happen to his money now? Can mum make a claim on his estate?Read more
Q&A - Commercial tenant disappeared during COVID lockdown and has not paid rent since. Can I use CRAR to get the bailiffs in?
Q: My commercial tenant abandoned his shop and disappeared when the first coronavirus lockdown hit in March. Using the CRAR procedure I am now considering instructing bailiffs to seize goods from the premises to cover the accrued rent arrears. Due to COVID-19, are there any specific legal issues regarding this?Read more
One of region’s top mental health lawyers says clearer guidance is needed on carrying out safe face-to-face patient assessments.
A Senior Solicitor-Advocate who represents mental health clients across the region has welcomed today’s announcement that virtual assessments have been outlawed in determining whether a patient should be detained under the Mental Health Act, but says clearer guidance is needed about how to carry out face-to-face assessments safely.Read more
Q: I split from my ex 2 years ago. He moved out and I stayed in the home we shared. We were not married but we bought the house together and I have paid for everything on my own since he went. However, his name is still on the mortgage, despite him not paying a penny since we split. If I sell the house will he still get 50%?Read more
Q: My partner has worked from home since last year because of coronavirus. As I am having to home-school our three young children it is really stressful because my partner is on the phone a lot and expects me to keep the children quiet. He flies off the handle and takes everything out on me. I try not to antagonise him, but I am becoming terrified of what he might do to me when the children have gone to bed. He is verbally abusive, tells me I am stupid and useless, and on a couple of occasions he has hit me. I don’t know what to do as we need his income and a roof over our heads, and he isn’t likely to leave. Can you advise me please?Read more
Local criminal lawyer says technology will play a major role in reforming criminals and protecting mental health
The joint head of Criminal and Prison Law at one of the region’s largest independent law firms says the introduction of secure video calls to help maintain vital family ties during the coronavirus crisis will also aid rehabilitation and help to keep offenders on the straight and narrow following release.Read more
Q: I live in Wales and my girlfriend lives in Shropshire. We have been going out for a year, but due to COVID lockdown restrictions we have physically seen very little of each other. Because of this my girlfriend wants to move in with me. However, I am concerned that living together so soon could be for the wrong reasons, to beat the rules. Also, I own my own house and she does not. If she moves in and things don’t work out, could she make any claim on my property?Read more
Q: I have been made redundant following an initial period of furlough. As my pay-out was substantial, I have decided to work for myself. Rather than set up a business from scratch, I am looking at buying a small business that is already established as I think there may be some good opportunities, such as where the current business owner cannot find a necessary cash injection, or perhaps has decided to retire early due to unwanted pressures of the COVID situation. Obviously, there will be pitfalls in buying at the moment so can you give me some pointers?Read more
Q: I have been working from home since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. As many other staff were furloughed, I have literally not taken any time off except for bank holidays, in order to cover their jobs.Read more