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Annual Legal Update - Evening Event

CIPD North East of England Branch

Wednesday, 6 November 2019 from 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT)

Annual Legal Update - Evening Event

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Hear from a panel of legal professionals on all things ‘hot’ in the world of employment law. There will also be the opportunity to ask the panel questions as we open the floor for debate and discussion.



The speakers:


James Wilders, Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

James Wilders is a partner in Womble Bond Dickinson's Newcastle office. His work includes Employment Tribunal representation in a wide range of cases; advising on disciplinary and grievance matters; drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants; collective redundancies and restructuring; changing terms and conditions; advising on the tactical and legal aspects of dismissing under-performing executives; providing transactional support, especially in relation to TUPE; drafting and negotiating service agreements; and representing senior executives in negotiating termination packages.


Lisa Kelly, Associate Solicitor at Muckle LLP

Lisa has specialised in employment law since qualifying as a solicitor in 2009. Lisa is particularly passionate about equality and diversity issues, including gender diversity in the workplace. Lisa also has experience as a HR adviser in the public sector.


Jessie Upal, Principal Associate at Eversheds

Jessie is a Principal Associate in the Human Resources Practice Group and she specialises in both employment law and business immigration. Jessie has worked with public and private sector clients for over 15 years, regularly advising on strategic and practical issues arising from international recruitment and compliance with Home Office requirements and compliance audits. Jessie's work includes obtaining permission for applicants to live and work in the UK (including members of senior management boards) advising on obligations as a registered sponsor and regularly submitting applications under the Points Based System. Her clients include well known multi-national businesses, FTSE 100 companies and Global organisations. She also regularly provides training to public and private sector clients on a variety of immigration topics and will lead on the design on bespoke training plans for staff. Jessie has regularly appeared in person on behalf of public and private sector clients, and its employees, to resolve issues with the Home Office. Jessie also regularly undertakes the advocacy on an employer's behalf when appearing in person at the Home Office for expedited or senior applications.

Jessie has particular experience in handling queries regarding the prevention of illegal working and immigration issues arising from the recruitment process. Jessie advises regularly in relation to immigration audits and has advised on, and subsequently implemented, a compliance overhaul of recruitment and prevention of illegal working processes. Jessie often provides immigration training and prepares immigration specific materials for clients to use in internally and externally. As an experienced employment lawyer, Jessie also defends unfair dismissal and discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal arising from immigration related dismissals. She also regularly defends clients from civil penalties imposed by the Home Office for illegal working.



Gillian Chinhengo, Partner at Ward Hadaway 

Gillian is a Partner in Ward Hadaway's 25 strong Employment Department, which is cited as a Tier 1 team in both Chambers and Legal 500. Gillian is experienced in all aspects of employment law, with a client base including SMEs and national business. Gillian is well known for her commercial and pragmatic advice: she helps clients identify where they want to get to and advises on the best possible way to get there.


Where: Newcastle University, Barrack Road

Time: 18:00

Cost: Free



18:00 - Arrival, networking and refreshments

18.30 - Legal updates from each firm including post Brexit right to work changes, covert audio recordings in the workplace and how we need to better protect workers from sexual harassment following the #metoo campaign

19:00 - 20:00 - Panel debate, Q&A

Pay and display parking is available nearby 

Limited availability - please book early to avoid disappointment

 With thanks to our sponsors :


CIPD do not pass on any member data collected as part of the booking process to speakers or sponsors. All our speakers are volunteers.  The CIPD does not endorse their views of any of the goods and services they may detail as part of their presentation.

Professional photography and video production will be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional material.

Do you have questions about Annual Legal Update - Evening Event? Contact CIPD North East of England Branch

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