Annual Employment Seminar – 16th March 2022


16th March 2022
9:30am - 3:30pm

The Employment and Discrimination Team is pleased to announce that its 10th anniversary Employment Seminar will be taking place on 16th March 2022 at the Watershed in Bristol. The team will discuss some of the latest developments in employment law, with careful analysis of complex issues and practical tips for practitioners.

Delegate charge: £50.00 plus VAT in person/ £15.00 plus VAT online. When booking, please state your preference for in person or online and whether you have any dietary requirements. 

The plenary sessions will examine important developments in transgender rights and whistleblowing protection, and will consider the prospects of further changes in these areas.

There will be a selection of workshops aimed at enabling attendees to gain a greater understanding of areas most relevant to their practices. Due to their popularity, each workshop will run twice to maximise attendee choice. 


Receive 20% off the full delegate rate if book two or more delegates to attend from the same firm.

Please book your place using the booking form below. 


9:30 – Registration & Breakfast

10:00 – Trans rights – Where are we and where are we heading?

Debbie Grennan and Allan Roberts, Guildhall Chambers

While Gender Reassignment is now recognised as a free-standing protected characteristic, the intersection between protection (under the Equality Act 2010) and recognition (under the Gender Recognition Act 2004) is far from straightforward. While the legal principles have evolved, questions remain as to whether they have kept pace with social developments within this highly topical and at times, divisive area. In many ways, trans rights is the most recent frontier for equal opportunities law and practice, presenting a range of issues with which the courts will have to grapple.

In this plenary talk, Debbie and Allan will explore how trans rights have evolved, evaluate how they stand today and consider why and how they are likely to develop further.

11:00 – Tea & Coffee break

11:30 – Whose design is it anyway?

Nick Smith and Geraint Probert, Guildhall Chambers

Dealing with whistleblowing dismissal, detriment and deciding whodunnit.

Kong v Gulf International Bank is a further example of the growing body of authorities dealing with the question of who was the Respondent decision-maker in unfair dismissal cases. When will the exceptional category in Jhuti v Royal Mail apply? How might a parallel detriment claim alter the equation? How might a tribunal separate the tainting by victimisation of a process from the decision at the end of it?

Nick and Geraint will debate the state of the law and where it may develop in this potentially fertile ground for substantial claims.

12:30 – Lunch

13:15 – Workshops – Part 1

We will ask you to select two workshops – one to be attended after lunch, and one after the second break.

A) ‘In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.’ – Julian Allsop

Sometimes, cases will not settle. Often representatives and their clients focus on liability issues at the expense of remedy issues. In this interactive workshop, Julian will outline some of the tactical remedy issues that can arise for both sides to a Tribunal claim, and he will suggest some practical ways of addressing those issues so that an optimal result might be achieved. This workshop will be repeated during the day.

B) Equal pay litigation: nuts, bolts and quirks – Douglas Leach

In this workshop, Douglas will consider the fundamentals of litigating equal pay claims, exploring the key concepts and distinguishing features setting it apart from other litigation under the Equality Act 2010, including jurisdiction and time limits; procedure; the comparative exercise and establishing liability and remedies. This workshop will be repeated during the day.

C) Constructing a discriminatory dismissal – Charlotte Mallin-Martin

In this workshop, Charlotte will consider how parties can plead and position their way towards a successful outcome in a discriminatory constructive dismissal claim. Charlotte will discuss some of the recent appellate decisions in this area before exploring how parties might prepare effective statements of case and navigate tricky issues such as time limits, witness evidence and remedy. This workshop will be repeated during the day.

14:00 – Break

14:15 – Workshops – Part 2

15:00 – Drinks & Networking – Celebrating 10 years of the Employment Team


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