#SolicitorChat: upcoming topics

#SolicitorChat in October

In October, #SolicitorChat is covering these interesting topics:

If you’re a solicitor and specialise in any of these topics, join us on Twitter every Thursday 9-10:00 – just search for #SolicitorChat and join the conversation.

Thursday 1 October: Neighbour disputes 

Neighbour disputesDuring the pandemic, many people have been spending more time at home. But what rights do you have if your neighbours are creating excessive noise? And how can a solicitor help you to reach a resolution that works for everyone? We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat.

  1. What are the most common neighbour disputes clients come to you for help with?
  2. What steps should someone take to try and resolve a dispute with their neighbour?
  3. How can mediation help disputing neighbours find a suitable resolution?
  4. How can a solicitor help someone to resolve a dispute with their neighbour?
  5. With many people spending more time at home recently, have you seen an increase in neighbour dispute cases?

Thursday 8 October: Mental health in the workplace 

Mental Health in the WorkplaceOctober 10th, 2020 marks World Mental Health Day, raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and what can be done to support those who need it. But what rights do employees have in the workplace when it comes to their mental health? And what can employers do to support employees dealing with mental health issues? We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolictorChat.

  1. What rights do employees have in the workplace when it comes to their mental health?
  2. What counts as discrimination in the workplace?
  3. What can an employee do if they feel they’ve been discriminated against because of their mental health at work?
  4. Are employees entitled to sick pay and time off work for mental health issues?
  5. How can employers support employees with their mental health, including those working from home?

Thursday 15 October: Don’t DIY, use a solicitor

Don't DIY, use a solicitorFrom buying a home to making a will, there are many times in life we need expert advice from a solicitor. But what problems can occur if someone decides to deal with a legal issue alone rather than consulting a solicitor? And why is it important to seek expert advice tailored to your needs from a professional? We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat.

  1. What are the most common issues that occur when someone chooses to deal with a legal issue alone?
  2. Taking a DIY approach to dealing with legal issues can be seen as a way to save on costs, how does your legal advice provide clients with value for money?
  3. Why is it important to give tailored and unique advice to clients?
  4. What are the key times in life someone should speak to a solicitor?
  5. What would you say to someone who is considering dealing with a legal issue alone rather than consulting a solicitor?

Thursday 22 October: Businesses and redundancy 

Businesses and redundancyAs the furlough scheme comes to an end, many businesses are facing difficult decisions around redundancy. But how can employers ensure the redundancy process is fair? And how can a solicitor help a business facing the prospect of making redundancies? We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat.

  1. Talk us through the steps employers must take during the redundancy process.
  2. How can employers ensure the redundancy selection process is fair and doesn’t discriminate?
  3. What would be considered a ‘collective redundancy’? How does this process differ from the standard redundancy process?
  4. What would be considered an unfair dismissal?
  5. What top tips would you give to a business that is facing the prospect of making a redundancy?

Thursday 29 October: Being accused of a criminal offence 

Being accused of a criminal offenceBeing accused of a criminal offence can be a daunting experience. But what rights does someone have at the police station? And how can a solicitor help someone accused of a criminal offence? We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat.

  1. Talk us through the steps someone should take if they’ve been accused of a criminal offence.
  2. What rights does someone who’s been arrested have at the police station?
  3. Why is it important for someone to seek legal advice from a solicitor if they’ve been accused of a criminal offence?
  4. How can someone find out if they are eligible for legal aid if they’ve been charged with an offence?
  5. What advice would you give to someone facing a criminal allegation?

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