1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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:…

  9. Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination

    In May 2018, the Government Equalities Office published new guidance for employers, employees and job seekers on dress codes in the workplace and sex discrimination. The guidance states that: Dress codes can be a legitimate part of an employer’s terms and conditions of employment and are usually put in place in order to present and…

  10. Madeleine Mason to run London Marathon for Mind

    Madeleine Mason from our Exeter office is bravely running the London Marathon on Sunday for mental health charity, Mind. This year is set to be one of the hottest London marathons on record with temperatures in London expecting to hit over 20 degrees. Not a race for the faint hearted at the best of times…

  11. Announcement: The loss of our esteemed colleague and friend, Ian Bradbury

    It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our friend and colleague, Ian Bradbury. Ian passed away unexpectedly last week and will be sorely missed by everyone at WBW. Ian was highly respected by both clients and colleagues and will be missed immensely by all those who had the pleasure…

  12. Motorcycle Accidents Shouldn’t Cost You

    Motorcyclists account for around 19% of road user deaths, but only make up 1% of total road traffic. These figures may not seem to make sense at first but when reading reports such as a recently released one from Think! it is clear to see the dangers that can be faced by people on their…