Q: I have been given a letter from the Local Authority about my children. The letter says that I should ‘take this to a Solicitor’ and that there is an upcoming meeting. As I haven’t had much involvement with my children I cannot really understand why or how a meeting about them would involve me, although the letter does say there are concerns that the children aren’t attending at school. I’m worried because clearly I should be taking this to a solicitor, but I simply can’t afford the cost. Could you please point me in the right direction of someone who might be able to help?Read more
Despite clothing, food and wood-burner stands drawing in equally as many families and day trippers as farmers to county agricultural shows these days, the trade tents where lawyers, accountants and agronomists are on hand to offer advice are still as busy as ever.Read more
Q: I have had my job thirteen years. Six months ago, on my way to the warehouse toilets, a stack of heavy cardboard rolls leaning against a wall fell on me as I was squeezing past. I broke my elbow in two places. The fractures haven’t healed as anticipated and I am still in great pain and I’ve had to pay for private physio since the free NHS physio sessions stopped. I always got on with the bosses but they’ve kept a cool distance since my accident, probably because they are worried I will try and claim injury compensation. If I did make a claim, could they sack me?Read more
Q: I complained about my boss to his line manager because I felt he was bullying me. I was told to put my complaint in writing, which I did along with witness statements from colleagues who saw what had been happening. The boss said he would move me to a different department so it wouldn’t happen again but I said I didn’t want to do a different job, I just wanted no more bullying. When the line manager refused to take steps to reprimand my boss I threatened to take them to a tribunal. Now he’s trying to make me sign a settlement agreement and buy me off instead. What should I do?Read more
Q: I would like to develop part of my smallholding for housing and in fact have had a couple of builders knocking on my door suggesting a joint venture with them. The problem is that there is a restrictive covenant on the land. Is it possible to get it removed and how would I go about it?Read more
Q&A - Could we claim against hospital for cerebral palsy caused by oxygen starvation at daughters birth?
Q: For 2 years I underwent gruelling IVF treatment and finally got pregnant in 2016. My pregnancy was great but I had a very traumatic birth. I was in labour for 23 hours and eventually had a forceps delivery. I gave birth to a daughter, Eve, and I could not have been happier. After we took her home, Eve was struggling with feeding and her little body was making involuntary movements. After testing we have now been told that Eve has Cerebral Palsy, caused by a lack of oxygen to her brain during birth. Eve’s Physician has been fantastic, but I am concerned about what the future holds for Eve. Should I make a claim against the hospital?Read more
Q: I have always been self conscious about my body and I saved up to have breast enlargement surgery at a private clinic I had seen advertised on Facebook.Read more
Never mind the lack of gassy beer on tap substitute gases in the welding industry could be killing you!!
A Wrexham solicitor has warned that the substitution of other gases currently being used in welding processes due to a shortage of carbon dioxide (CO2) could have a lethal effect on the health of those working in the welding industry.Read more
Q: My ex-husband and I split up amicably and got a ‘quickie’ divorce on grounds of two years separation with consent. By mutual agreement our daughter lives with me and her father has always paid me maintenance for her every month, a sum agreed between us. However, I have now met someone who is planning to move in with me and my ex-husband says when that happens he will no longer need to pay maintenance for our daughter. Is that right?Read more