#SolicitorChat: upcoming topics

#SolicitorChat topics in July

In July, #SolicitorChat is covering these interesting topics:

If you’re a solicitor and specialise in any of these topics, join us on Twitter every Thursday 9am to 10am – just search for #SolicitorChat and join the conversation.

Thursday 1 July: workplace age discrimination

According to official figures from the Ministry of Justice and employment tribunals, age discrimination claims have increased by 74% in the past year. How can you ensure you are being treated fairly? How can a solicitor help?

We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat:

  1. I am in my 40’s and very interested in a job vacancy but have been put off by the job ad stating they are looking for ‘recent graduates’, is this discrimination?
  2. If I believe I have been passed over for promotion because of my age, what can I do?
  3. What is the difference between direct and indirect age discrimination and how does the Equality Act protect me from this form of discrimination?
  4. Colleagues have begun making derogatory jokes about my age, which my line manager brushes off as ‘just banter.’ Could I have a case for harassment?
  5. Can my former employer refuse to give me a reference because I have made a complaint of discrimination under the Equality Act?

Thursday 8 July: revenge evictions

With the phasing out of emergency measures in the rental market, are we likely to be seeing a return of revenge evictions?

How can you ensure you are being treated fairly? How can a solicitor help?

We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat:

  1. What is a revenge eviction? 
  2. What are the current laws to prevent revenge evictions?
  3. How can a tenant protect themselves from such an eviction? 
  4. How can a landlord protect themselves from problem tenants? 
  5. What grounds are there for evictions?

Thursday 15 July: wills and shared assets

Confusion often occurs with how jointly owned assets will be treated after the death of one party, with the assumption that the surviving partner will then take full ownership. How can you ensure your interests are being protected and how can a solicitor help?

We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat:

  1. If someone dies with money in a joint bank account, who will this money pass to?
  2. What is the difference between ‘joint tenants’ and ‘tenants in common’ and how does this affect what you can leave in your will?
  3. Is it possible to leave personal items, such as furniture or artwork, to another person in your will if the item is located in your shared property?
  4. How can a solicitor help to make sure the assets you leave behind go to the right people?
  5. What is a letter of wishes and how can it benefit people with shared assets?

Thursday 22 July: grandparents' rights

A relationship breakdown is the most common reason for grandparents not being able to see their grandchildren. 

Do you know your access rights and all options available? How can a solicitor help?

We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat:

  1. What rights do grandparents have when it comes to their grandchildren?
  2. If a parent refuses to allow grandparents to see their grandchild, what steps can be taken to resolve this?
  3. How can mediation help disputes between parents and grandparents?
  4. If one of the parents has been denied access, can the grandparents still apply to see the child?
  5. What does the court take into account when considering an application from grandparents to see their grandchild?

Thursday 29 July: race discrimination in the workplace

Despite the high-profile Black Lives Matter protests, race discrimination claims in the workplace were up 4% in the past year according to official figures from the Ministry of Justice and employment tribunals. How can you ensure you are being treated fairly? How can a solicitor help?

We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat:

  1. What rights do employees have against racial discrimination in the workplace?
  2. What protections are there from racial harassment in the workplace? 
  3. What can an employee do if they feel they have been discriminated against because of their race?
  4. What can someone do if they feel they have been discriminated against during the recruitment process because of their race?
  5. What top tips would you give to employers to successfully create and maintain a non-discriminate workplace that all employees can feel comfortable and welcome in?

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