Elgin BID Awards 2019

We were delighted to be runners-up in the Local Professional Services category at the 2019 Elgin BID Business Awards.

The Award Ceremony took place in the Beechtree Restaurant at Moray College, Elgin, on 02 October 2019.

Congratulations to Hunted Cow Studios on their first prize in the Professional Services class.

Also, well done to IT Central who were named as runners-up along with us.

The awards are held annually, in partnership with the Northern Scot. This year, there were 10 award categories.

According to Elgin BID, the Business Awards are about celebrating the local businesses that provide great services to the area.

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Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support

Grigor & Young’s Elgin office will host a Coffee Morning on Friday 27 September 2019 from 10:30am to 2:00pm as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’.

Our Reception area will be open for you to pop in for a cuppa, cake and chat. In return, we ask you to make a donation to our collection for Macmillan Cancer Support.

There will also be a Raffle.

Many of the raffle prizes have kindly been donated by local businesses (for more details, see below).

The first ever Macmillan Coffee Morning took place in 1990.

It was a humble beginning with a simple idea behind it.

Guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their drink to Macmillan in the process.

Since that time, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan.

We hope to see you on the 27th!

The following are kindly donating food and drink.

Starbucks – Coffee
The Little Lunchbox – Traybakes
Ashers Bakery – Fruit scones

Thanks to the following businesses which have donated prizes for the raffle.

The Macallan – Bottle of Gold Double Cask
Batchen Street Coffee – Huskee travel cup and coffee
M & Co – Scarf
BeJewelled – Record clock
Keith Brewery – Gift pack of 6 beers
Moray Leisure Centre – 2 x family passes for swimming/ice skating.
Pinz – Voucher for 6 people bowling
Chuck McCall Highland Wear – Voucher for kilt hire
Royan of Elgin, Butchers – £10 voucher
J C Dawson Butchers – £20 voucher
Walkers Shortbread – Hamper
Alluring Boutique – £15 voucher
The Loft – £10 voucher
Waterstones – Various books
Tamdhu – Bottle of whisky
Sunrite Blinds – Bottle of Aberlour 10yr old and bottle of Smirnoff Vodka
Grigor & Young – Voucher for simple, ‘mirror’ Wills

With Power of Attorney the future is in your hands

On one afternoon recently, we had 2 calls from people who wanted to discuss “the accident that I had recently”.

Both put the phone down when our receptionist asked them if they realised that they were calling a firm of solicitors.

Nobody likes getting a cold call.

The cold callers hoped to take something off the hands of the person answering the phone – a personal injury claim – and in an unsolicited fashion. In this article, we hope to persuade you (gently) that, with Power of Attorney, the future is in your hands. (And you found this article; we did not hunt you down like a cold caller would).

Yes, a power of attorney involves an element of giving up powers and responsibilities to others but it allows that to happen in a planned and controlled way.

Did you know that one in fourteen of us will develop dementia at some point in the future?

This loss of capacity is likely to result in a person being hospitalised at some point.

Did you know that, without power of attorney, you cannot act for your husband, wife, mother, father, or anyone else, should they lose capacity?

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Continuing increase in employment tribunal claims in first quarter of 2019

The rise in the number of employment tribunal claims is continuing since the abolition of tribunal fees almost 2 years ago.

The Ministry of Justice has published its most recent quarterly statistics for the period from 01 January 2019 to 31 March 2019.

The data for those 3 months shows, for example, that new claims by single applicants (as opposed to multi-party claims) were up by 6% compared to the same period in 2018.

There was also an increase in the number of multiple claims (by 13%). (Multiple claims – in the sense of cases where the claimant has a number of different complaints against the employer – are very common. They are probably more the rule  than the exception).

Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013 and abolished in July 2017.

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What is involved in being a lawyer?

Comedian, Eddie Izzard, has described his stand-up routine “Death Star Canteen” as his “Hotel California”.

That may be because it has become so closely associated with him that he can “never leave” it behind.

Strangely, Lego has had an important part to play in popularising Izzard’s imaginary scenario, which takes place in the bowels of the Death Star. Darth Vader argues with a canteen assistant over various matters relating to the Jedi’s order of Penne all’Arrabbiata (caution: some sweary bits in Death Star Canteen).

It’s a revealing commentary on aspects of people’s jobs we might not otherwise consider.

On the one hand, here’s something of what Darth Vader does in his down time, when he’s not killing people or blowing things up.

On the other hand, the lowest-ranking workers – in the canteen, for example – are so out of touch with “management” that the assistant thinks Vader’s first name is “Jeff” and he does not even know that his workplace is within a “star”.

What is involved in different people’s jobs (including solicitors) was up for discussion at an Industry Insight Event in Elgin Academy on 15 May 2019. Coincidentally, Lego also played a part in the discussion, as we go on to explain below.

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How Your Will Can Help CLAN Cancer Support in March 2019

As in previous years, Grigor & Young LLP will be running a promotion in March 2019 designed to encourage you to make a Will and help charity at the same time.

Would you be willing to support CLAN Cancer Support this March?

This year, we’ve chosen CLAN Cancer Support as our nominated charity.

CLAN is a well-established local charity that provides emotional and practical support to those affected by cancer across Moray, the north-east of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.

Over the last 30 years, CLAN has developed specialist knowledge and understanding of how a diagnosis of cancer impacts not just the person diagnosed but also their wider circle of family and close friends.

Their range of person-centred services – delivered using qualified and experienced counsellors and therapists – offers a holistic approach for the general well-being of their clients.

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Choosing a solicitor by looking into their mind

It’s not easy to choose a solicitor. 

For anyone trying to select a solicitor for a piece of legal work – from buying a new house to claiming fair compensation for personal injury – a big problem is that all solicitors look much the same. 

You can’t see inside a solicitor’s head so what some of us do to try to give you at least an idea of what goes on in our minds as solicitors is produce educational and informative content.

It’s one way of making the lawyer brain more tangible. 

By content, we mean blog articles, practice-area pages, podcasts and even video. 

The purpose of the content is to give you a better understanding of the sorts of legal problems we can solve for you, how we will go about it and, along the way, an insight into the “personality” of Grigor & Young LLP.  [Read more…]

Presentation of cheque to Moray Foodbank

As reported earlier this year, Grigor & Young LLP raised over £4,500 for Moray Foodbank through a Wills Promotion.

Moray Foodbank provides food parcels to people who lack the means to feed themselves properly. With the support of the local community, its aim is to provide a minimum of three days’ food to people in crisis. The food parcels include a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, together with tinned and dried food.

The firm recently presented a cheque to Mairi McCallum, project manager at Moray Foodbank.

The picture above shows (L to R), Elin Jones (Trainee Solicitor), Greg Robertson (G&Y Partner), Mairi and Rory Anderson (Trainee Solicitor).

Greg said: “We’re delighted we’ve been able to raise this money for Moray Foodbank. They help many families each year. We hope the money we have raised will allow them to help even more people in Moray over the coming months and especially around the Christmas period.”

Work Christmas Party (what to be aware of)

‘Tis the season for parties and celebration – and, for many, this includes a work-organised Christmas event.

A work Christmas event is something that many employees look forward to and is a great way to celebrate the end of the year with colleagues and keep morale up in the often busy run up to Christmas.

However, it can also lead to potential employment issues.

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Road traffic accidents (What to do when an accident occurs)

It is a sad but inevitable fact that every day of the week people find themselves involved in road traffic accidents.

The consequences can vary from minor scratches to car, driver or passenger to the complete destruction of your vehicle and serious personal injury.

At a time which can be physically and emotionally distressing, it is often difficult to remember what you need to do.

In this article, we will consider the things you need to have in mind in the aftermath of an accident so you can protect your position as fully as possible. There are a number of hyperlinks to other, related articles on this website, and on the Moray Claims website,which we hope you find useful.

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