(All levels)

Repeated from East Midlands

12 October 2016, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 3.00pm (including lunch) Freeths, Birmingham

Presented by Freeths, Sharpe Pritchard and Geldards


Course overview

Suitable audience: HR practitioners, legal team and managers

We will be exploring a number of different topics in this interactive 5 hour employment session. It will include both a general update to remind attendees of important employment law developments with a more in-depth look at a number of different employment topics and their implications for local authorities.  The session will be designed to allow attendees to participate and will focus on practical guidance that can be taken back to the workplace.

Topics to be covered include:

General employment law update including:

  • relevant case law decisions on holiday pay, collective redundancy, HR involvement in the disciplinary process and Working Time amongst others:
  • The impact of the Local Authorities (Standing Orders)(England)(Amendment) Regulations 2015 and the removal of the Designated Independent Person
  • Proposed changes to public sector exit payments
  • Practical tips on absence management
  • Whistleblowing
  • The National Living Wage and spending cuts
  • Moving away from Green Book terms and conditions
  • TUPE
  • Employment Tribunal preparation and advocacy
  • Calculating continuity of service and the effect of the Redundancy Modification Order

Interactive elements

The session will include opportunities for attendees to participate in discussions, case studies or workshops and quizzes.

Duration: All day (5 Training hours) including lunch


A2 Maintaining competence/legal knowledge

A5 – Apply understanding, critical thinking and analysis to solve problems

B Technical legal practice 

B5 Advocacy

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

Presenter profiles:

Kim Howell has headed Geldards’ public sector employment team for many years. In that role she has undertaken a broad range of strategic and complex work throughout the public sector and is particularly well known for her expertise in strategic re-organisation, the collaboration agenda, organisational re-design, including the implementation of “Single Status” pay and grading structures throughout Local Authorities in Wales, and the co-ordination of an All Wales response to of multiple, multi-million pound, equal pay litigation.  

David Potter at Freeths has over 25 years’ experience in employment law and has acted for local authorities in defending a wide range of claims brought in the Employment Tribunal  including complex equal pay and discrimination claims as well as the usual unfair dismissal claims. He often conducts his own advocacy. He sometimes acts for senior employees and recently acted for an HR Director in securing a landmark award of over £830,000 in a sex discrimination claim which attracted national media coverage. He has also carried out complex independent investigations for public sector bodies often in sensitive cases. 

Sharpe Pritchard TBC

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.