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Annual Legal Update with Freeths LLP; CIPD B&MK

CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch

Thursday, 26 January 2017 from 12:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

Annual Legal Update with Freeths LLP; CIPD B&MK

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This employment law update, in association with legal practice Freeths, will focus on some of the bigger picture issues that HR professionals may find arise infrequently, but which can take a lot of resource to address effectively. The event will also bring you up to date on legislative changes affecting HR professionals, with practical insights to help you effectively integrate any requirements for new working practices in your organisation.


Crucially, though, laying the right foundations to ensure you have an engaged workforce can pre-empt many issues arising in the first place – and this is the topic our key note speaker will address to open the conference.


Content will cover:


An engaged workforce;  with only a third of workers highly engaged in the UK, and productivity lagging nearly 20% behind that of other G7 countries, what is the impact for businesses and the role of HR in a post Brexit arena?


Working successfully with staff groups; collective consultation in practice, including different models and frameworks.


Dealing with a subject access requests – including what constitutes personal data and data breaches, illustrated by examples from the real world.


Immigration – getting your house in order: carrying out a compliance audit, having the right policies and procedures and managing risk.


The legal horizon – an overview of the legislative timetable for 2017 and the likely impact for HR professionals.


Case update – recent cases which could have an impact for your business.


Finally, burning questions - your opportunity to ask Freeths’ employment law experts questions about current concerns.


If you have any you would like us to cover, tweet us using the hashtag #CIPDMK2017


Contact details for enquiries, with phone and/or e-mail address: Tel. 01908 262 862



Speakers: Freeths LLP: Christopher Sing, James Symons, David Potter, John Craig.


The Red Thread Partnership: Freddie Guilmard




Speakers details: 


Freddie Guilmard, The Red Thread Partnership


Freddie carries out business coaching and leads medium to large scale culture change programmes, orchestrating activities that will drive effective engagement and change. He has been doing this for over twenty years with large companies including Renault, Daimler Chrysler UK, Marks and Spencer, Axa Insurance, Bupa, The Carphone Warehouse, Nestle Professional, Purina, Ricoh and Santander.


His knowledge and insight into communication and engagement was recognised when he was invited to be a guru on the Government's Engage 4 Success task force. Freddie is also a qualified NLP practitioner.




Christopher Sing, Freeths LLP           


Christopher is a Partner in Freeths’ employment team, heading the team in the Milton Keynes office. Having trained as a barrister initially, he is particularly skilled at identifying and avoiding potential disputes and conducting negotiations and is an active advocate in the employment tribunal. Christopher has a track record of handling large-scale collective consultation issues, including TUPE and redundancy.




David Potter, Freeths LLP


A partner at Freeths, David Potter is a senior figure in the team with a national remit. He has significant experience in advising both public and private sector clients, particularly at a strategic level, on wide ranging issues. He has significant experience of handling complex discrimination claims. David is a regular speaker at employment events and seminars.




James Symons, Freeths LLP


James assists a diverse range of organisations with efficient management of staffing issues. This includes ensuring that appropriate policies and procedures are in place to reduce the risk of disputes. He frequently advises on business reorganisations, redundancies, disciplinary and grievance procedures, settlement agreements as well as the application of TUPE.  




John Craig, Freeths LLP


John is a specialist in business immigration, with 9 years operational experience with UK Visas and Immigration and 5 years advising a cross section of UK and international business clients in a global legal practice. He has experience in all aspects of points based migration including compliance auditing and applications for entry clearance and leave to remain.






Safia Boot –Chairman CIPD Milton Keynes Group & Founder Respect at Work Limited.Safia has provided leadership to the CIPD MK Group for well over a decade. 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 or other sensitive high profile cases. She has particular expertise in the practical application of diversity and inclusion and dealing with conflict management. Safia was honoured to be a Finalist in the 2016 MK Women Leaders Awards (Professional Services Category)



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 with Freeths 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

Thursday, 26 January 2017 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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