1. The importance of being honest – by Conleth Fernandes at WBW Solicitors

    Have you ever wondered why Solicitors ask you for identification such as passports and utility bills? As a result of the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017, in addition to the job Solicitors are trained to do, we now have additional obligations almost akin to being private…

  2. How to get divorced: a guide to the legal process

    Separating from a partner is always hard and the dissolution of a marriage perhaps even more so as couples have to work their way through the legal process involved in securing a divorce, as well as decide what arrangements to make for any children of the marriage and how to divide their assets. Fiona Yellowlees…

  3. Claiming compensation for slips, trips and falls on construction sites in bad weather

    Construction is a notoriously dangerous industry to work in, and workers in this sector are around 50 per cent more likely to suffer from an injury compared to the all-industry rate, according to Health & Safety Executive figures. These same statistics show that of the 4,919 non-fatal injuries reported by employees in the construction industry…

  4. Where do I stand if the business I work for is about to be sold?

    When the business that employs you and enables you to pay the bills goes up for sale, the question every employee finds themselves asking is– “is my job secure if the company I work for is set to be sold?” The recent announcement that Exeter-based airline Flybe (a company with 2,300 staff in the UK…

  5. Who has parental responsibility?

    The legal rights, powers, duties and authority a person has for a child and their property is known as parental responsibility. If you have parental responsibility for a child, it may give you the opportunity of being involved in making decisions about their care and upbringing. Fiona Yellowlees, family law solicitor at WBW Solicitors, explains who has parental responsibility…

  6. Making a clinical negligence claim for a brain injury

    The effects of a brain injury on a patient and their family can be devastating. The patient may be left paralysed, unable to speak, or fend for themselves as they go about their daily life. Depression, memory, language and concentration problems and even personality changes are also common. Suffering such an injury through an accident…

  7. Three ways to negotiate a financial settlement on divorce

    Three ways to negotiate a financial settlement on divorce The divorce rate for heterosexual couples in England and Wales may have hit a 45-year low in 2017 according to Office for National Statistics data, but break-ups still happen and when they do, financial arrangements between the separating couple need to be agreed. Issues requiring consideration include how assets…

  8. Claiming compensation for farming injuries caused by heavy objects and equipment

    Agricultural injuries were one of the biggest cause of work-related fatalities in the South West last year – accounting for nearly one-fifth of all farm worker deaths in Britain according to the Health & Safety Executive’s annual fatal injury statistics. Given the vast array of heavy and powerful tools and machines farm workers need to…

  9. Claiming compensation for workplace lifting accidents

    Almost a quarter of all non-fatal work-related accidents in Great Britain in the past year were caused by lifting, handling or carrying, according to Health & Safety Executive statistics. Therese Classon, personal injury solicitor at WBW Solicitors, outlines the causes and nature of many workplace lifting injuries and explains how you might claim compensation if…

  10. What to do if you are a pedestrian victim of a hit and run accident

    All drivers involved in an accident, which causes someone personal injury, have a duty under the Road Traffic Act 1988 to stop and provide their contact and insurance details or report the accident to the police within 24 hours. Sadly though, this does not always happen with ‘hit and run’ accidents being far too prevalent…

  11. Claiming compensation for a workplace ‘manual handling’ accident

    Manual handling is the cause of more than a third of all workplace injuries, according to Health & Safety Executive figures. Manual handling is any activity which requires the use of force by a person, such as lifting, lowering, restraining, pushing, pulling and carrying. Such tasks take place in almost all workplace environments including factories,…

  12. What rights do you have to see your grandchildren?

    Grandparents often enjoy a special bond with their grandchildren and it is one that parents usually treasure. However sometimes, whether through a family fall out or because parents divorce or separate, grandparents are prevented from seeing their grandchildren, or have their access severely restricted. Although the Ministry of Justice is currently considering requests from MPs…

  13. How does a civil partnership differ to marriage?

    Under current laws heterosexual couples are prevented in the UK from becoming civil partners, but the government is now under pressure to change the law after a recent Supreme Court ruling that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 discriminated against heterosexual couples and was therefore incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. ‘There is no…

  14. Sorting out holiday childcare arrangements

    While the long summer holidays are eagerly awaited by many, for divorced and separated parents the childcare challenges they throw up can pose something of a logistical nightmare. Fiona Yellowlees, Head of Family Law at WBW Solicitors, provides her top tips for sorting out childcare arrangements with your former partner and staying on cordial terms:…