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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - How can I get more access to my children who are in care?

Q:  After I got out of an abusive marriage almost a year ago I was in a bad way mentally and the local authority took my sons away from me. At the time I could see there was no other option as their father was likely to abuse them like he had abused me and I couldn’t even look after myself let alone them. I have been allowed to see them under supervision once a month. Now I am in a much better place mentally but Children’s Services won’t increase access to my children. What can I do?

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Q&A - What is the difference between a Licence Agreement and an Assured Shorthold Tenancy?

Q: Our daughter is at university and is keen to do a house share next academic year. We have heard that rooms in a house can be let in different ways and that we should ensure she gets somewhere under a Licence Agreement, not an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. Please can you explain the difference? 

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Q&A - Since my husband wants the divorce will he have to pay all costs?

Q:  My husband and I separated almost four years ago but didn’t bother to get divorced as everything was amicable, neither of us wanted another relationship and I moved into my son’s house because he was working abroad. Now my son is coming back and I need to think about getting a place of my own. I spoke to my husband about funding and he is suddenly defensive and says we should get divorced and sort things out ‘properly’. As it’s him who wants to formalise matters, is it him who will have to pay the costs?

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Q&A - What are the main considerations when operating as a limited company?

Q:  I have been in partnership with a couple of friends for the past four years but we have now got to the point in the business where we are thinking that perhaps we should operate as a limited company. Certainly from everything I have read it would appear to be preferable from a financial point of view, since we are doing well and the future looks bright for us. What are the main things we need to consider?

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Q&A - Is this a case of Clinical Negligence?

Q:  My brother collapsed and died in a supermarket after calling in on his way home from hospital for milk. He had been sent to the hospital earlier that day after attending his local surgery with chest pains, but the hospital sent him home without any tests, saying it was probably indigestion. A post mortem showed he had a blocked artery.

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Q&A - How can I regain possession of my cottage in North Wales?

Q:  I made a verbal agreement with my granddaughter that she could move into my property, which is located in North Wales, as long as she made a payment in respect of rent each month. However, over the past 18 months she has made only 3 payments for rent and despite me asking her to move out of the property she is refusing to do so.

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Q&A - Boss refuses to let me have four consecutive weeks’ holiday. What can I do?

Q: I got married in August this year but we delayed our honeymoon as we wanted to visit my wife’s family in Australia and the wedding cost so much that we needed to a chance to save again. We looked at going for Christmas but it was too expensive, so instead we decided to go out for our first anniversary. The problem is my employer is refusing to let me have four consecutive weeks off work. Is there anything I can do?

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Q&A - Could an Executor of a Will be liable to pay IHT if Probate is delayed?

Q: A friend is rewriting her Will and has asked if I will be an Executor with her brother, who frankly is unreliable and can be awkward. I am concerned as I have heard an executor can be liable for paying Inheritance Tax if there are problems sorting out the Will that cause a delay with getting Probate.

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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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