Gravesend lawyer offering legal services for free to help those in need
PUBLISHED: 09:04 17 April 2020 | UPDATED: 09:04 17 April 2020
As the Covid crisis drags on the government and other official agencies have been announcing a raft of help and assistance for everyone including the needy, business, those in furlough and charities.
Just keeping up with it all can be difficult for some, which is why Gravesend lawyer Mukhtiar Singh is offering his expertise for free to those who really need it.
The Sikh legal eagle said: “I am an employment and commercial barrister at Garden Court Chambers, a chambers which shares the same values as me: tackling inequalities; promoting ethics; and supporting the vulnerable.
“When the current lockdown was announced by the government, it meant that my forthcoming cases were adjourned. My faith has taught me that in difficult times, I should assist the vulnerable rather than be concerned about myself.
“So for April 2020, I am endeavouring to provide free legal advice to minimum wage key workers residing or working in Gravesham or Medway; free employment law advice to any key worker resident or working in Gravesham or Medway; and to any business operating in Gravesham or Medway, free advice on any Covid-19 related employment or commercial issue.
“I feel strongly that there should not be any profiteering in these dark times.
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“To reflect this, I am providing discounts to businesses and individuals in genuine hardship cases and will be donating 20 per cent of my April net receipts to charities supporting the crisis.
“The advice given to employers has predominantly related to the Job Retention Scheme and particularly furlough.
“The scheme is now at its third version as the government tries to fill various gaps and make it clearer.
“Whilst this scheme is extremely welcome, my experience is that it has blinded many from employment law rights and obligations.
“Employers have also needed advice on the performance of contracts hampered by the crisis.”
Mr Singh added: “I have been assisting the national whistle-blowing charity Protect so that our heroic NHS workers are supported when they speak up about concerns.”
Anyone who may need help navigating the many new legal tangles can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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