Employment & Discrimination Seminar


Canon's Road,

5th March 2024
9am - 4:30pm

Guildhall Chambers’ award-winning Employment Team bring you another day seminar for 2024, packed full of useful talks and workshops aimed at employment and HR practitioners.

The event will be hybrid; however please note that online tickets will only give you access to the plenary sessions and not the workshops as these are in-person only.

Topics to include:

Plenary sessions

[Included in the hybrid ticket]

1. One eye on the past, One eye on the future- Key cases of 2023 and looking forward to 2024 – Nick Smith and James Lewis-Bale

2023 was a year filled with developments and changes thanks to a wealth of cases. Join Nick Smith and James Lewis-Bale as they delve through some of the key moments, discussing and commenting on the practical implications arising. Looking forward into 2024 they will point to key cases and developments to look out for

2. The Complete Employment Lawyer – Allan Roberts and Fergus Currie

In this informative talk, Fergus and Allan will delve into three key areas that all employment lawyers need in their arsenal but which often fall outside the usual day-to-day practice. This segment is aimed at identifying how and when these issues might arise and providing a good grounding in the subject matter. The talk will focus on the following three areas:

  • Defamation, Malicious Falsehood and Derogatory Statements;
  • Personal injury in the workplace; and
  • Restrictive Covenants (including the proposed changes to non-competes).


Choose 2 out of 3 to attend:

[In person only]

1. “You are what you EAT”: successfully identifying and resisting grounds of appeal – Julian Allsop and Douglas Leach

Have you ever received a Tribunal judgment and felt instinctively that the outcome was wrong or unjust, but not been able to identify exactly why? Or perhaps you have received grounds of appeal and have been unsure about how to respond?

In this interactive workshop, Julian and Douglas will provide practical guidance via worked examples on how to spot good grounds of appeal, as well as how to resist even well-framed grounds. They will further discuss common procedural pitfalls to avoid and highlight particular ways in which the conduct of proceedings at first instance can affect prospects in the EAT.

2. The One with the Holiday Pay – Kerry Gardiner and Geraint Probert

Join Kerry and Geraint for this interactive workshop discussing the ups and the downs of the sometimes-complicated results when workers do (or don’t) take time off. We’ll be there for you.

3. Independent workplace investigations workshop – Debbie Grennan and Lottie Mallin-Martin

Workplace investigations are becoming ever more complex and the need for demonstrable independence has never been greater.

Debbie Grennan and Lottie Mallin-Martin, both members of Chambers’ independent investigations team, will host a practical, interactive workshop designed to highlight common pitfalls and best practice, from the perspectives of both the instructing solicitor and the independent investigator.

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