The Liver Building

2019 Employment Law Conference


Speaker: Various

Date: Wednesday 9th October, 2019

Time: 09:30 - 15:45

Areas of Law: Employment

Liverpool Law Society,
2nd Floor Helix,
Edmund Street,
L3 9NY

Course Code: S4154


Please note: the supporting materials for this event will be supplied electronically only.

A link will be sent to you via email in advance of the event.

Registration & refreshments

Welcome & introduction ~ Lindsey Knowles, Kirwans

The Discrimination Rocket ~ Sean Jones QC, 11 KBW

Update on the most significant developments of the last year, including:

  • Has the ECJ created horizontally directly effective EU anti-discrimination rights? Cresco Investigation GmbH v Achatzi: C-193/17
  • Religious discrimination: whose belief matters? Lee v Ashers Bakery and Gan Menachem Hendon Ltd v De Groen UKEAT/0059/18
  • What amounts to unfavourable treatment? Trustees of Swansea University Pension Scheme v Williams in the Supreme Court
  • Guidance on the duty to make reasonable adjustments: Sheikholeslami v University of Edinburgh and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health Board v Morgan.
  • Viarious liability after Murray v Maclay Murray Spens LLP and Unite the Union v Nailard


Limitation: The trouble is, you think you have time ~ David Campion, 9 St John Street Chambers

  • How much time?
  • When does time start?
  • Extensions of time.
  • Applications to amend and limitation.
  • Time limits for appeals.

Limitation as a preliminary issue.


Worker v employee status: where are we and what can we expect? ~ Emma Tegerdine, Gunner Cooke

A round-up of the most recent case law on worker status including:

  • Pimlico Plumbers v Smith
  • Dewhurst v CitySprint UK Ltd
  • Addison Lee Ltd v Lange
  • Uber BV v Aslam
  • Braine v The National Gallery
  • An analysis of the potential impact on worker status of the Good Work Plan, which was published by the government in December 2018 and billed as the “biggest package of workplace reforms in over 20 years”

Illegality in employment law for unfair Dismissal Claims ~ Employment Judge Buzzard

• Before and after the Mirza v Patel Supreme Court case in 2016


Conducting complex investigations: The practicalities ~ Thomas Kibling, Matrix Chambers

  • Who to appointed and why
  • Terms of reference and the need for buy-in
  • Individual or team responsibility – demarcation, independence and process
  • Timeframe, the gathering of evidence, confidentiality and subsequent disclosure
  • The outcome and the recipients


Whistleblowing ~ Kevin McNerney, St Johns Buildings Chambers

  • Evidence
  • Causation and winning
  • What I’d advise Julian Assange to do next

Employment Law Update ~ Martin Mensah, Atlantic Chambers

A session exploring all the latest case law developments in employment law 2019

Summary & thanks ~ Lindsey Knowles

Speaker Biographies

Employment Judge Neil Buzzard was appointed as a fee-paid Employment Tribunal Judge in 2009 and as a salaried Employment Tribunal Judge in July 2019. Since leaving practice in 2001 until July 2018, Judge Buzzard was a lecturer at the University of Law, where he was responsible for all Employment Law course materials for the LPC, across all the University sites.”

David Campion of 9 St John Street Chambers, has a comprehensive knowledge of employment law and procedure.  His practice covers a broad spectrum of employment matters including discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, equal pay, trade union disputes, contractual disputes, restrictive covenants, TUPE, multiple/high value claims, applications to the pensions ombudsman and professional negligence of employment lawyers.  David appears at a wide range of hearings including complex multi-day hearings.  He is also able to provide direction and informal or formal advice in respect of case strategy and preparation.

Sean Jones QC of 11KBW, is a specialist Employment Lawyer. He practice covers all types of employment dispute. In 2011, the Chambers and Partners Guide described Seán as “the cream of the crop”. He took silk in 2012 and continues to specialise in high value and complex cases. He recently appeared in the Court of Appeal in NHS Leeds v Larner. He sits as a part-time Employment Judge and is General Editor of “Tolley’s Employment Handbook.”

Thomas Kibling of Matrix Chambers, is consistently ranked in the top pools for employment law in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.  He has particular recent experience in a number of internal investigations for Premiership football clubs, charities, solicitor firms and large international companies.  He regularly deals with claims of high value, complex discrimination and whistleblowing issues acting for large corporate employers in financial services, professional services as well as international corporations, public bodies, local authorities, individual and trade union clients.  Thomas’ practice also includes all other aspects of employment law including equal pay, industrial action and trade union recognition claims.

Lindsey Knowles is Partner and Head of Employment at Kirwans.  Lindsey qualified in 2007 having completed her training contract focused on employment law with long established Wirral firm Percy Hughes and Roberts.  Lindsey specialises in all aspects of employment law and represents both employers and employees in Tribunal.  Lindsey is an active member of the Liverpool Law Society, a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and is Chair of the Liverpool Law Society Employment Law Committee.

Kevin McNerney is an established senior member of the St John’s Employment Group and practises only in Employment Law. Prior to joining Chambers, Kevin was the Senior Legal Officer at the Royal College of Nursing for the North of England. Kevin is able to take instructions direct from members of the public and companies under the Direct Access scheme.

Martin Mensah of Atlantic Chambers, practises in all areas of employment law  with particular experience in unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, race/disability discrimination and TUPE. Martin covers the vast range of employment matters and is content to travel nationwide, regularly appearing in tribunals outside of the Liverpool area. Martin represents both Claimants and Respondents in the employment tribunal.. Martin combines his practice with this role as Chambers Equalities Officer.

Emma Tegerdine completed a law degree at Liverpool University and is a practising employment lawyer at gunnercooke.  Emma has specialised in employment law since qualification, and was a Senior Law Lecturer on the LPC and GDL at Nottingham Law School for 9 years before returning to private practice in 2011.  In addition to her busy employment law practice,




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