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Annual Legal Update- Freeth LLP; CIPD B&MK

CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 from 12:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

Annual Legal Update- Freeth LLP; CIPD B&MK

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Theme: Tribunals – deliberations behind closed doors


With the removal of Tribunal fees, chances are we will see an increase in claims in the coming months. To help you anticipate the tricky issues that could trip you up, we will take you behind the closed doors during deliberations at a Tribunal.


With one Tribunal Judge, together with lawyers experienced in advocacy leading this session, we will help you to understand things from the viewpoint of the Tribunal and where, as an employer, you are most vulnerable to a claim being upheld. This will provide some practical insights into how to avoid claims in the first place.


This employment law update, in association with legal practice Freeths, will also bring you up to date on some of the hot topics on the horizon, including GDPR requirements from an HR perspective, securing the right staff for your business in light of immigration law, as well as top learning points that can be taken from recent cases. 


The afternoon will include a combination of facilitated breakout discussions, interviews, classroom and interactive learning.


Your Host:

Safia Boot –Chairman CIPD Milton Keynes Group & Founder Respect at Work Limited. Safia has provided leadership to the CIPD MK Group for almost decade and a half. Safia is an experienced ET Panel Member, Advisor to Magistrate Judges on discrimination cases, Mediator and former CIPD Disciplinary Chair for the Professional Code of Conduct. She is highly regarded in the private and public sector as an independent HR/ER Consultant, Trainer, Mediator and Independent Investigator for complex/high risk discrimination, bullying, harassment and misconduct cases of a sensitive nature. She has particular expertise in the practical application of diversity and inclusion and dealing with conflict management. Safia was a Finalist in the 2016 MK Women Leaders Awards (Professional Services Category). She serves as a Trustee with St. Francis Children’s Charity (Adoption & Fostering) and on the HR Committee for Badminton-England.



Christopher Sing is a partner at Freeths and heads the employment team in Milton Keynes. Having trained as a barrister he is particularly skilled at identifying and avoiding potential disputes and conducting negotiations. He carries out his own advocacy in the Employment Tribunal.


Claire Helling is experienced in advising both individuals and business clients on day to day advice such as grievances, disciplinaries, redundancies, reorganisations and performance management. She also acts in Tribunal claims and assists on the employment elements of corporate transactions.


Mak Emery is a specialist employment lawyer with over 18 years’ experience advising businesses and public and third sector organisations on HR issues and strategy. He is also an Employment Tribunal Judge, which means he is ideally placed to act in Tribunal and employment-related High Court claims


Tom Bradford specialises in immigration law, with a particular focus how this affects businesses and he is often instructed in complex and sensitive cases. Tom has 10 years' experience as a barrister and led a team of immigration lawyers at UK Visas and Immigration before entering private practice.


Oliver Neil is a commercial and information technology specialist who advises clients on a wide range of contractual agreements and complex regulatory issues. He has particular expertise in data protection, e-privacy and information security law and is giving extensive guidance on the GDPR.


Freeths is a national legal practice whose employment team advises clients ranging from major, multi-site corporates to SMEs in the private sector, as well as local authorities, educational establishments and other public sector organisations. Clients can also benefit from expertise in business immigration law and pensions advice.



Pre-Questions: If members have any specific legal questions they would like our speakers to address please email the so she can ensure time is allocated


Car parking:

Note: parking on site is limited to 70 spaces, but additional parking is available at Milton Keynes College - across the road, off Chaffron Way, on Rainbow Drive. Sign posts detailing MKCC car parking will direct you. Shuttle buses will be in operation to transport you to the conference centre. Alternatively it can be reached by a 5 minute walk along redways.


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 materials.

Do you have questions about Annual Legal Update- Freeth LLP; CIPD B&MK? Contact CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch

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MK Conferencing
Strudwick Drive
MK6 2TG Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 from 12:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

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CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch

The CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch provides opportunities for its members to network with local HR and L& D professionals,

Embracing Championing Better Work and Working Lives, our programme of events promotes development and networking e.g. updates on employment law, skills development for the CIPD Profession Map and CPD supporting upgrading.

Our events are organised through two geographical groups, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, together with our special interest groups Learning Matters and Mentoring scheme.


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