Employment & Discrimination Seminar @ The MShed


Thursday 29th September 2016

The MShed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN

The Employment and Discrimination Team is pleased to announce its annual Employment Seminar will be taking place at the M-Shed, Bristol on Thursday 29th September.

The theme of the seminar is Disability Discrimination, an area where significant change and increasing technicality pose challenges for practitioners. Over the half-day session, the Team’s specialist barristers will discuss: PCPs, practical considerations when structuring claims, objective justification defences and, post Brexit, the future for discrimination rights.

Dealing with the technical as well as the practical, this seminar will provide practitioners with a welcome refresher in order to assist them in dealing with the demands of disability discrimination claims.

Materials and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

The seminar will close with drinks on the terrace.


1.30: Registration

2.00: Welcome 

2.05: High on PCPs – Allan Roberts, Guildhall Chambers
Allan will provide insight into how it is possible to use PCPs to gain a strategic advantage and some of the tactical pitfalls that need to be borne in mind when conducting indirect discrimination and reasonable adjustments claims.

2.50: Structuring the claim – practical guidance – Geraint Probert, Guildhall Chambers
In a short and engaging interactive workshop, Geraint will provide practical tips on how to structure a disability discrimination claim (or to defend one) from issue until remedy.

3.15: TEA & COFFEE BREAK (10 minutes)

3.30: Justified – Debbie Grennan, Guildhall Chambers
Justification is often cited but frequently misunderstood.  However, it is frequently the margin between success and failure in disability discrimination litigation.   In this masterclass, Debbie Grennan will provide guidance on how to ensure that legitimate aims are properly identified, and proportionate means are evidenced before the Employment Tribunal, and the tactics that can be used on both sides to win the day.

4.15: Conscious uncoupling- what next for European disability discrimination rights? Nick Smith, Guildhall Chambers
Following the narrow win for Brexit in the referendum, Nick Smith will examine the likely direction of travel for disability discrimination rights during the immediate period of departure from the EU and beyond.



The conference is accredited with 3 CPD points (Training reference 1383).


Normal delegate rate: £50.00 + VAT per delegate


Terms and conditions
We reserve the right to vary the content, timetable, location or speakers; or to cancel the seminar totally in which case we will refund any payment made in respect of the cancelled conference. Neither the members of Guildhall Chambers nor the speakers will be liable by reason of breach of contract, negligence or otherwise for any loss or consequential loss incurred by any person acting or omitting to act in reliance upon material or presentation given at or in connection with the event. Please be advised that places are limited so please book early to guarantee a place. The fee for this seminar includes a comprehensive conference folder, lunch and all other refreshments.

Booking terms
Please wait to be invoiced. A VAT invoice will be sent to you on receipt of your booking form/details. All invoices for this seminar must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date. Cheques are made payable to Guildhall Chambers. Unfortunately we are unable to take online payments at this time.

Confirmation of registration
If you have not received confirmation of your registration one week before the conference, please telephone 0117 930 9000 to confirm that your registration form has been received.

Substitute delegates
Substitute delegates will be accepted at any time – please telephone 0117 930 9000 to let us know the name of the substitute.

Provided notice is received at least 48 hours before the seminar, the seminar fee will be refunded less a £20 (+VAT) administration charge.

CPD Accreditation
Under the Law Society’s CPD scheme and the Bar Council’s New and Established Practitioners’ Programme the conference is accredited with 3 CPD points (Training reference:1383).

If you have any questions about the seminar, or any other Guildhall Chambers events, please contact the Marketing Team on 0117 930 9000 or email [email protected].


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