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9th April 2021

Managing Mental Health at Work

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9th April 2021

Managing Mental Health at Work

Employment experts Tabytha Cunningham and Claire Merritt answer the common questions managers have managing mental health at work. The pandemic has made it even more difficult to spot the signs or poor mental health, so how can we make sure we are being proactive as employers?

01:55 What do we mean by managing mental ill health at work?

03:56 When are employers liable for work related stress? What are the risk factors and where do employers stand?

07:00 What proactive steps can managers take to improve mental health of staff?

11:03 What does it mean to be a mental health first aider?

12:05 When is poor mental health classed as a disability?

16:26 If someone is disabled, what adjustments should you make?

18:42 What should potential triggers or warning signs should managers look out for?

24:08 What should a manager do when an employee discloses a mental health problem?

26:20 How best to manage poor performance related to mental ill health

Resources
Managing and supporting mental health at work with Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-your-staff/useful-resources/

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16th January 2020

Is Your Solicitor Playing To Win?

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16th January 2020

Is Your Solicitor Playing To Win?

Do your lawyers have the knowledge to win your case? There are many avenues your solicitor could go down to ensure you win, and keep costs down. Partner Helen Brown explores this.

Show Notes:
00:40 What normally happens when you have a commercial dispute? Helen describes the situation you want to avoid
01:30 Helen considers some of the tactical mistakes that are made during a commercial dispute resolution process
01:47 Helen suggests some ideas to think about when you are going through a commercial dispute, how can you ensure you win?

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30th August 2019

A Guide To Settlement Agreements

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30th August 2019

A Guide To Settlement Agreements

Employment Solicitor Sarah Hayes takes us through a guide to settlement agreements. Why are they beneficial? What should you need to know and what are the practical steps that need to be taken for them to be legally binding?

Show notes
00:28 What is a settlement agreement? Sarah defines what it means
00:48 What is the purpose of a settlement agreement and what will include
01:15 There are various benefits of having a settlement agreement – Sarah talks through what these are
02:00 How long does it take to agree the terms of a settlement agreement?
02:40 It is important to see a solicitor if you are issued with a settlement agreement – Sarah talks about how this works in practice
04:06 What happens if you want to negotiate the terms of your agreement and do you have to sign the agreement? Sarah explains in detail and what the implications are for you.
04:45 How do you know if you’re getting a fair deal?
05:30 What is the typical time frame for payments being made?

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13th August 2019

How To Resolve Commercial Disputes Without Going To Court

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13th August 2019

How To Resolve Commercial Disputes Without Going To Court

How do you settle commercial disputes without going to court? Mediation can hold the key. In his latest podcast, Managing Partner Peter Taylor explains what mediation is and how it applies to commercial disputes.

Show notes:
00:28 What is mediation? Peter defines what happens
01:00 How successful is mediation statistically and what is the role of the nominated mediator?
01:27 Mediation can be particularly useful when parties need to maintain a relationship. Peter talks through when this might be the case
01:43 Peter talks about the wider benefits of mediation as opposed to the courts.
02:26 What happens if a dispute is not settled in a mediation?
02:49 Are there any disadvantages to mediation?
03:42 What is the process in mediation? Peter explains the stages which parties go through step by step
05:55 What happens when a settlement is agreed? When is this legally binding?
06:58 What does a settlement through mediation feel like?

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23rd July 2019

Why are we supporting the Teddy Bear Appeal? – Peter Taylor

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23rd July 2019

Why are we supporting the Teddy Bear Appeal? – Peter Taylor

We are delighted to be supporting the Knights Foundation this year by sponsoring the Teddy Bear Appeal app. But how did our journey together begin and why is it an important part of our CSR activity this year. Hear from our Managing Partner, Peter Taylor.

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23rd July 2019

Decision Making For Vulnerable Young Adults

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23rd July 2019

Decision Making For Vulnerable Young Adults

We are delighted to be sponsoring the app for the Knights Foundation’s Teddy Bear Appeal app; a project which will allow the conversion of a lodge at a beautiful location on the south coast of England overlooking the sea is to to a high specification so that disabled families can enjoy a holiday in exactly the same way as an able-bodied family.

Families with a vulnerable child will face many difficult decisions. In our latest podcast, we aim to offer bite size legal advice to help these families. Partner Elizabeth Power talks through what options are available with regards to decision making when these vulnerable children turn 18.

Show notes:
00:50 How does the role of a parent change when a vulnerable child turns 18?
02:00 Elizabeth talks about how frustrating it can be for parents to communicate with medical professionals once a vulnerable child turns 18
02:15 What happens when a professional assesses the young person? Elizabeth talks through using the example of getting consent for dental work
03:35 What decision making options are available for parents? Elizabeth talks through what the documentation all means
04:56 What are the key parts of the Mental Capacity Act, 2005 you should understand as parent? Elizabeth explains they key principles
05:50 Applying to the Court of Protection and Deputies – Elizabeth talks through how this process works and when this happens
08:22 Contact us for more information – how we can help in this difficult situation

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10th July 2019

Can Employees Be Made To Wear Heels To Work?

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10th July 2019

Can Employees Be Made To Wear Heels To Work?

Recent media coverage around dress code at work has sparked examination into the guidance available for employers; what legal principles do you need to know before making any changes to dress code policy? Solicitor Sarah Hayes discusses.

Show notes
00:30 Sarah talks about recent media coverage from Japan around workplace dress codes – what can we learn from this?
01:25 Sarah examines a recent example from the UK
02:00 Sarah talks about the Equality Act – are there gaps?
02:30 New guidance is published for employers and employees – how are these applied in practice?
03:10 What does this mean for employers and what should you consider if revising your dress code policy?

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10th July 2019

Do You Always Have To Sell The Family Home To Pay For Care Fees?

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10th July 2019

Do You Always Have To Sell The Family Home To Pay For Care Fees?

It is often assumed that selling the family home is the only way to pay for care fees as this is often the biggest asset; however this is not always the case. Legal Assistant Ashleigh Bryant talks through the key legal principles you should be aware of if you are in this situation.

Show notes
00:40 Why it is important that you know the basic principles?
00:50 Ashleigh talks though Property Disregards and how these works
01:21 Ashleigh goes into more detail about 12 week Property Disregard
01:50 Ashleigh considers deprivation of assets – how does this work?
02:30 Summary and where to go if you have questions

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26th June 2019

Housing Crisis Part 1: Accessible Housing Providers – Peter Kershaw

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26th June 2019

Housing Crisis Part 1: Accessible Housing Providers – Peter Kershaw

Planning Consultant Peter Kershaw looks at the housing crisis in his first podcast. He explores how accessible housing providers can provide their long term investment planning for elderly and disabled housing schemes.

Show notes:
00:35 Peter introduces his podcast by reflecting on a comment by Winston Churchill
01:20 Peter considers the impact of the lack of lack of appropriate housing being built in the last few years
02:00 What do stakeholders need to do to combat these issues?
02:40 Peter explores the survey findings from Ipsos MORI social research institute: public perceptions of accessible housing
07:24 Peter considers the demographic in more detail by looking at research conducted by The Centre for Ageing better about how people experience later life
09:49 Peter looks at what should stakeholders consider and the key things to remember
10:47 Peter talks about various organisations that exist that can assist stakeholders in their future investment decisions
12:54 Peter concludes and summarises

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26th June 2019

Can An Employee Enforce A Discretionary Bonus?

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26th June 2019

Can An Employee Enforce A Discretionary Bonus?

By looking at a previous real world example, Aleksandra Golat from our Employment law department answers the question, can an employee enforce payment of a discretionary bonus?

Show notes
00:43 When can employees enforce a discretionary bonus, what must they do?
01:00 Aleksandra discusses the case of Bluestone Medical Recruitment
03:05 What factors need to be considered by the employer and the employee?
03:45 What can we learn from this case? How should employers take this in practice?

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