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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - I think my son is being bullied in prison. What should I do?

Q:  I visited my son in prison last week and I have been so worried about him ever since. He is usually so outgoing but this time he was very withdrawn and didn’t want to talk. He even cut the visit short. He said he didn’t feel well but he kept looking around him and seemed very nervous. The more I think about it the more I am sure he is being bullied. I don’t know whether I should say something in case he is too afraid to say anything himself, but I don’t want to make things difficult or worse for him. Can you advise me what I should do?

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Family lawyer calls for wider publicity regarding new legal aid criteria for domestic abuse victims

In Her Majesty the Queen’s speech in June 2017 the Government committed to bringing forward legislation ‘to protect the victims of domestic violence and abuse’.

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Q&A - My wife is divorcing me for unreasonable behaviour I haven’t committed!

Q: My wife informed me yesterday that she is to divorce me on grounds of unreasonable behaviour. How can she say this when I have never behaved in such a way and she is telling lies?

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Q&A - Authorities say we can't get our son out of care home where he is unhappy because he lacks capacity. Is this true?

Q: My 19 year old son suffers from cerebral palsy and has recently been moved to a Young Adult Care Home. I am told that he is subject to a “DOLS”.  I agreed to him being placed in the Care Home at the time but I don’t think he should be in the current care home anymore. He has told me that he is very unhappy there and I have raised this with the Local Authority but have been told that there is nothing we can do because he lacks capacity to make decisions. Is this true?

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Q&A - Can I make alterations to commercial premises I am looking to rent?

Q: I am looking to open a high street hairdressing salon and have been offered a lease.  The shop front is perfect but I need to renovate the inside and possibly knock walls down.  As the inside is dark, I would also like to put in a skylight? Could I make these alterations to a rented property?

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Q&A - If I go to prison will my children be able to visit me?

Q:  I am due in court next month and the way things are looking I am worried that I may end up going to prison. As I’ve never been in a prison before I don’t know what to expect. I’m especially worried about the effects it will have on my children. Will they be able to visit me in prison? And if they can visit me will they have to go through things like being searched? What will happen if they get upset or bored, will it mean my partner will have to cut short the visit?

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Q&A - I want a divorce but I don’t think I can afford it. What can I do?

 

Q:  Sadly my husband and I have separated and I now desperately want a divorce, but am holding off because one of the many issues I face is that I am unable to cover the cost of the divorce myself. I have been told that the court fee and solicitor fees could be in the region of a few thousand pounds, so given my financial situation I feel this is not an option. What can I do?

 

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Q&A - Should we join Group Litigation to claim compensation from steelworks for chest illness?

Q: My father worked in a local steelworks until it shut.  He retired early but he never got the chance to enjoy his retirement because he was troubled with chest illness which got worse and worse and then he died at a relatively young age. My family and I have been told that his illness was almost certain to have been caused by the environment where he worked and that we should put in a claim for compensation.  Someone told me recently that there is a Group Litigation Order with the time limit of the 23rd February 2018 to make a claim in.  Should I make a claim through my local solicitors or should I use one of the two law firms acting for the Group? 

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Q&A - My aggressive husband says he will oppose divorce application. What can I do?

Q: My husband and I have separated owing to his unpleasant, aggressive behaviour towards me. We constantly row and now I have finally told him I want to bring the marriage to an end on the basis of his unreasonable behaviour. He is really angry and says this is not what he wants. He is threatening that if I try to divorce him he will defend any proceedings and make sure the whole process is as expensive and unpleasant for me as he can. I just don’t know what to do. Can you advise me?

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Wrexham solicitor returns to home town as a Criminal lawyer

A Wrexham woman who juggled university studies with raising a young family has realised her dream of returning to her home town of Wrexham as a Criminal lawyer.

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