The Irwin Mitchell Podcast
What’s on the Horizon for the Rural Economy

What’s on the Horizon for the Rural Economy

June 10, 2021

Around 12 million people live and work in the UK’s rural areas, contributing around £400 billion to the economy.

But the last 12 months have seen its desirability increase considerably. Purchase and rental markets have boomed – thanks to home working – and global travel restrictions have led to an increase in domestic holidays. But challenges remain for landowners in the form of Brexit and climate change.

Our latest podcast looks at the real estate developments rural landowners need to know about.

Why Holiday Pay Is Still Such A Big Issue For Businesses

Why Holiday Pay Is Still Such A Big Issue For Businesses

June 7, 2021

Employees must receive the equivalent of 5.6 weeks holiday a year, and for full-time workers that amounts to 28 days. If you’re part-time, this is pro-rated. The Working Time Regulations say that a worker must receive a weeks’ pay for a week’s holiday. But the concept of a week’s pay is set out in a number of pieces of legislation that weren’t created with holiday pay in mind, and so holiday pay remains a big issue for businesses. In our latest podcast, employment experts Joanne Moseley and Glenn Hayes break down the most complex holiday pay issues.

Foreign Direct Investment and the UK Economy

Foreign Direct Investment and the UK Economy

June 2, 2021

Around £1.5 trillion of inward investment was held in the UK in 2019, according to the latest Office for National Statistics figures. And attracting more foreign direct investment is vital for developing the UK's infrastructure, creating job opportunities and raising productivity. But activity has been heavily impacted by Brexit and COVID-19. Join our host Rob Cowling, international expert Bryan Bletso and Daniel Casares-Lauritsen, Chief Business Development Officer and First Law International, as they discuss the findings of our UK Powerhouse report.

Supporting Trans Employees

Supporting Trans Employees

May 4, 2021

There are around 600,000 Trans and Non-binary people in Britain. Many employers are keen to be supportive but are unsure how best to do so. In our latest podcast, employment expert Helen Dyke is joined by Cat Burton, a retired pilot and Chair of diversity charity GIRES. Together they talk openly about how organisations can best support Trans employees, including practical steps for employers.

The Life-Changing Impact of a Serious Injury

The Life-Changing Impact of a Serious Injury

April 21, 2021

You can plan for many things in life, but you can't plan for a serious injury. It’s unexpected, hard to comprehend and can leave people confused as they face up to a future they never envisaged. But things do get better.
 
Our latest podcast features two clients currently recovering from life-changing brain and spinal injuries. They talk candidly about the challenges they’ve faced, the progress they’ve made and the difference the right type of support, medical care and rehabilitation can make.

Cladding – A Way Forward

Cladding – A Way Forward

April 14, 2021

Our latest podcast looks at how the industry can move forward from the cladding crisis.

The Grenfell Tower fire led to a cladding crisis and changed the landscape of the housing market. Our host Jeremy Raj  is joined by residential property expert Chris Baker and building surveyor Julia Webb from Dorrington PLC to discuss the issues facing the industry and solution to help move the situation forward.

Asbestos – the Past, Present and the Future

Asbestos – the Past, Present and the Future

April 5, 2021

In 2021, thousands of people will die as a result of occupational exposure to asbestos. During Global Asbestos Awareness Week, our latest podcast looks at how dangerous the deadly fibres are, why they are still being used around the world and the importance of prevention until we find a cure.

Our guest host Rosemary Giles is joined by fellow solicitor Adrian Budgen, Kate Hill, a trustee of the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund and Greg Byrne, a director of RB Asbestos Consultants.

The Changing Consumer – How COVID-19 Has Impacted Shopping Habits

The Changing Consumer – How COVID-19 Has Impacted Shopping Habits

March 29, 2021
The consumer sector is vital to the health of the UK economy. But it’s been severely impacted by COVID-19.

We’ve seen huge shifts in consumer behaviour. 61% of us have changed stores, brands or the way we shop.

Some retailers have been able to adapt and thrive. They’ve embraced ecommerce and digital marketing, and shifted their offer to target a more ethically conscious audience.

 
Join our consumer sector experts Rob Coleridge and Alex Newman, along with Simon Preece, co-founder of sensecheck.co.uk and change agent & director of growth at Bigger & Better Things, as they discuss all of these points, and more.
IR35: Are you ready for the changes?

IR35: Are you ready for the changes?

March 14, 2021

IR35 tax legislation rules for off-payroll workers are changing from Tuesday 6 April. But how will this impact your business? And what steps do you need to take to avoid falling foul of the new rules?

In this episode, our employment law experts Glenn Hayes and Padma Tadi, with tax specialist Ian Goodwin of Mazars, discuss the changes and the actions businesses need to take.

Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs as the Schools Open Again

Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs as the Schools Open Again

March 10, 2021

As schools open their doors again up and down the country, it marks the start of another period of uncertainty for children with special educational needs and the parents, carers and charities that support them.

Just days away from the anniversary of the first national lockdown, our latest podcast considers the impact of COVID-19, social distancing and home schooling on the children who rely on structure, routine and extra support. We also discuss Education, Health and Care plans and why these legal documents have never been more important.

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