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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Should you be paying the real Living Wage?

This week is Living Wage Week 2018 and as an accredited Living Wage employer, Grigor & Young LLP are proud to support and celebrate this initiative along with other accredited businesses. We are one of 1305 employers paying the Living Wage in Scotland – and we are one of only 18 in the legal sector.

The Living Wage campaign is an independent movement of businesses, organisations and people who believe a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

It is a voluntary agreement by an employer to pay above the statutory minimum wage as it is independently calculated based on living costs of employees and their families. It applies to all workers over 18 – in recognition that young people have the same living costs as everyone else.

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How to make sure sleep benefits your performance at work to the full

Carrie Fisher was a much-loved actor.

Her sudden death, at the age of 60, robbed us of someone who had a wide-range of other talents beyond acting:

  • as an ambassador for mental health;
  • as a script-doctor in Hollywood; and
  • as a writer of books.

But it’s for her performance as Princess Leia in Star Wars – aged only 19 – that she will be best remembered.

She also said this:

Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.

Advice about how to perform at your best – a necessary ingredient being bravery. Performance is important in the workplace and, in this article, we’ll look at one particular factor that can affect your level of functioning at work.

Edition 646 of the HBR Ideacast (podcast) featured American writer, Marc Effron. It focused on his book 8 Steps to High Performance: Focus on what you can change (Ignore the rest) – in particular, on how sleep affects your performance at work.

According to Effron’s definition, a high performer is someone who performs – in terms of behaviours and results compared to their peers – at or above the 75th percentile, year-in, year-out. In other words, you achieve performance at a level which means you are “better” than 3 out of 4 of your peers, over time.

Performance is always relative. The example of two workers faced by a marauding tiger springs to mind.

One worker is seen changing into running shoes and the other says: “But you’ll never outrun a tiger”. The reply: “Maybe not, but I only need to outrun you!”

One of the factors Effron considers is the science behind sleep and high performance.

There is plenty of research on the effects of exercise and nutrition on performance at work but none of it conclusive.

On the other hand, sleep – or lack of it – clearly affects performance. You have to look at it in terms of both quality and quantity of sleep.

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Grigor & Young LLP makes a commitment to the Living Wage

Grigor & Young LLP has become accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

The firm’s commitment to the Living Wage means that everyone working at G&Y will be paid a minimum hourly wage of £8.75, irrespective of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff. This pay level compares to the statutory minimum rate for over 25s of £7.83 per hour which came into force in April 2018. [Read more…]

Reduce your risk of Whiplash Injury by doing the Head Rest Test

Taking a few extra seconds before any car journey could help to minimise the risk of injury to the driver and any passengers.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is urging vehicle travellers to “Do the Headrest Test” and protect themselves, by ensuring that their headrests are in the correct position.

This is APIL’s theme for Injury Prevention Day (15 August 2018), supported by motoring safety experts, Thatcham Research. APIL campaigns to improve safety standards and is a not-for-profit organisation. [Read more…]

Mental Health myths busted

Mental health continues to be misunderstood and stigmatised. 

We aim here to correct some misconceptions by busting myths about mental health and employment.

Myth – A disabled person is someone in a wheelchair.

Fact – The definition of disability in The Equality Act 2010 covers physical and mental impairments.

This of course includes people in wheelchairs but also other physical disabilities such as blindness, deafness and loss of a limb. Also covered are ‘invisible’ mental health conditions.

The Equality Act defines a disability as “a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities.”

This legal definition clearly covers a wide spectrum of physical and mental conditions, provided they meet the relevant criteria.

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Mental Health and Employment Law

Mental Health is one of the major health challenges in Scotland and in the workplace.

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about mental health.

According to findings by the Scottish Government, it is estimated that 1 in 3 people are affected by a mental health problem each year.

The Scottish Government has promised that improving mental health is a priority, publishing a ten year Mental Health strategy in 2017, which can be accessed here.

In employment law terms, some categories of mental health will meet the legal definition of a disability and so sufferers will be entitled to legal protections.

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