The Liver Building

Employment Law Conference 2020


Speaker: Various

Date: Wednesday 14th October, 2020

Time: 09:30 - 15:45

Areas of Law: Employment


Course Code: S4295

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Welcome & introduction ~ Lindsey Knowles, Brabners

Acas response to Covid 19 ~ Samantha Clark, Director of ACAS

  • Queries that individuals and companies have been raising
  • Dealing with the initial spike in work to the helpline
  • Blending guidance to meet the increased demand
  • Shaping the conciliation service to manage any potential spikes in demand

Employment Tribunal Fees: can the Empire Strike Back? ~ Nick Siddall QC, Littleton Chambers

  • The terms of the original Employment Tribunal fee regime
  • Analysis of the reasoning of the Supreme Court in Unison
  • Potential approaches which may render a new fees regime lawful

Comfort break

Getting Redundancies Right ~ David Tinkler, Atlantic Chambers

Claims pursuant to the Equality Act 2010 following the COVID-19 crisis ~ Rebecca Jones, Oriel Chambers

Following the COVID-19 crisis, this session will consider:

  • The relevant statutory framework of the Equality Act 2010
  • Steps employers should take to protect their employees
  • Areas where litigation is anticipated and what the outcome of the same might be

Comfort break ~ please mute mic / switch off cameras, you do not need to log out

Life in the ET – Past, Present and Future ~ REJ David Franey 

  • Coping with the pandemic
  • Plans for the future
  • Questions from delegates

Vicarious Liability ~ Professor Dominic Regan

After a decade of expanding liability the Supreme Court this Spring firmly applied the brakes. This session will consider:

  • The impact of both the BARCLAYS and MORRISONS actions
  • What is the prevailing test for liability today ?
  • Can there be liability anymore for individuals who are not employees ?
  • Liability for workplace violence

Employment Law Update ~ Martin Mensah, Atlantic Chambers

Updates in employment law with a focus on discrimination litigation

Summary & thanks ~ Lindsey Knowles

Speaker Biographies

Samantha Clark is Director of IDR Services for Acas, where she is responsible for dispute resolution services.    She has worked in a variety of senior leadership roles within Acas including North West Director. As Director of Acas North West, Sam worked with Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, on delivering a ‘Good Employment Charter’.    The Charter is about encouraging employers to identify and provide good jobs and to encourage productivity.

Employment Judge Franey

Lindsey Knowles is a Senior Associate in the Employment and Pensions team at Brabners LLP.  Lindsey is an experienced employment lawyer who handles issues such as changing terms and conditions, contract and policy drafting, claims in the Tribunals, disciplinaries, discrimination, bullying and harassment, dismissals and redundancy, HR advice, grievances, restructures and redundancy, restrictive covenant advice, settlement agreements, TUPE and whistleblowing.  She acts for a range of clients including employers of all sizes as well as employees.  Lindsey has a strong background in employment law, having handled contentious and non-contentious matters for over a decade and she served as Head of Employment at a Wirral-based firm prior to joining Brabners LLP.  She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, as well as a Director and Chair of the Liverpool Law Society Employment Law Committee.

Rebecca Jones of Oriel Chambers is a civil and commercial practitioner with a particular interest in employment disputes. She regularly appears in tribunals across the country acting for both Claimants and Respondents in all areas of employment law and at all stages of litigation.

Martin Mensah is Head of the Employment Practice Group at Atlantic Chambers and practises in all areas of employment law with particular experience in multi-day unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination claims.
Martin represents both Claimants and Respondents in the employment tribunal and combines his practice with this role as Chambers Equalities Officer.

Professor Dominic Regan is a prolific legal writer and speaker. He is not one of the Jackson assessors but has accepted the invitation to assist Lord Justice Jackson again on practical issues arising from reform. He is visiting Professor at City Law School London.

Nicholas Siddall QC of Littleton Chambers, is a specialist Employment Lawyer. He was formerly a member of Kings Chambers in Manchester and following his move to Littleton remains based in the North West. His practice covers all types of employment dispute. He took silk in 2019 and continues to specialise in high value and complex cases of discrimination, whistleblowing and equal pay. He recently appeared in the Court of Appeal in Kaur-v-Leeds NHS and the EAT in HMRC-v-Middlesbrough FC.

David Tinkler specialises in employment law and civil litigation.  In 2015 David was appointed to the Attorney-General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.  David undertakes employment and civil work for numerous government departments. David has been listed in the Legal 500 as a Leading Junior in employment law for a number of years. 


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