GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Can company directors be prosecuted under the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007?

Q: I am considering becoming a sleeping partner in a small building firm owned by a relative who is looking to expand and needs financial input. The proposal on the table is that I would become a non-executive director.

Due to the very nature of the construction industry and the fact that health and safety is not an area with which I am particularly familiar, one of my concerns is whether as a director I could be held personally liable if there was an accident causing injury or death to a site worker. Could I be prosecuted under the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007?

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Q&A - Can I make a school accident compensation claim for my son’s broken elbow?

Q:  My eight year old tripped at school a year ago and fell. Despite complaining of severe arm pain the teacher said he was just making a fuss, sent him to the quiet room and left him. No-one attempted to contact me. When I collected him at home time I immediately saw something was wrong and took him to A&E. It transpired he had a tricky double fracture of the elbow. Since then he has been difficult about going to school and is still suffering pain. Some days I have had to take time off work because of it and lose pay. I am so angry with the school. Can I make a claim for injury compensation against the school on his behalf?

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Relatives of mental health detainees urged to help them exercise their right to vote in the UK General Election

A lawyer with one of the region’s largest metal health teams is urging relatives and friends of patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 to make them aware of their right to vote in the upcoming General Election and help them cast their vote if they are not permitted to leave hospital to attend a polling station.

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Q&A - Can I vote in the upcoming UK General Election if I’m being detained under the Mental Health Act?

Q. I am 55 and for the past two years I have been detained in a local hospital under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983, due to suffering from chronic depression. I want to vote in the upcoming General Election but I am not sure whether I will be entitled to because of my circumstances. Even if I am entitled to vote I don’t know how I would be able to do so as I'm not permitted to leave hospital to attend the Polling Station.  I have always taken an active interest in our country’s domestic affairs so this is really upsetting me. As a detained inpatient is there anything I can do?

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New appointment strengthens Corporate and Commercial department at GHP Legal

Leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm GHP Legal has appointed Ronald Carter as Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive to its corporate and commercial department, with responsibility across all five of the firm’s offices.

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Lawyer gains Mental Capacity (Welfare) accreditation to help vulnerable sector of society

A young lawyer who qualified as a solicitor in April 2018 with leading law firm GHP Legal has already gained accredited status from the Law Society in the area of Mental Capacity (Welfare).

Keen to help the most vulnerable sector of society, Shane Maddocks applied for the accreditation to demonstrate his already considerable expertise in the niche area of Mental Health Law.

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Q&A - What sort of contract do I need to deal with overseas supplier?

Q: My business is supplying giant umbrellas to the leisure industry. I have been approached by a Turkish manufacturer looking for a UK outlet. I visited his factory and was impressed. If I enter into a business relationship with him it could make my business more cost-effective and offer growth opportunities. He wants to operate on a shipment by shipment contract basis. Would this be the best way to go?

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Q&A - I was sexually abused by my stepfather in the 70s. Can I claim compensation for my mental scars through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority?

Q: I am in my early forties now but when I was a child I was sexually abused by my stepfather. Back then I didn’t tell anyone, not even my mother, because he said if I did he’d leave my mother and I would be taken and put in care. When I got older I was too ashamed to tell anyone, but the memories ate away at me and finally this year, after my stepfather died, I sought help.

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Q&A - I have received a Costs Order following husband’s online divorce application! What should I do?

Q: My husband insisted on applying for a divorce online to save time and money and now I have received a Costs Order. I’m not even sure what that is let alone what I should do. Please can you advise me?

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Q&A - Client died owing me over £20k for landscaping work. What can I do?

Q:  I landscaped a client’s garden last Spring. I sent her my invoice for £16k but heard nothing. After chasing twice I called round. No one was in but the neighbour told me the lady had died. She gave me the client’s son’s phone number but when I rang he said there was nothing he could do about paying me, as probate had not been granted on her estate. As she seemed to be quite wealthy I imagine it could take a while for things to be sorted - but doesn’t a debt die with you anyway? Will I get paid?

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