Annual Review of Employment Law 2019 - Titanic Belfast
This conference will be repeated on Tuesday 19th November 2019 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast.
Have you ever wondered what Legal Island's Annual Review of Employment Law conference is all about? Here's a little taster in just 2 minutes and 40 seconds:
It’s 21 years since Legal Island was formed to help HR and employment law practitioners stay informed with new employment law changes aﬀecting the workplace. 2019 has proved no diﬀerent to any other year and Legal Island will provide you with all the changes you need to know about in 2019/2020, such as:
- Back pay for mis-calculated holiday pay may go back to 1998 at an estimated cost of £400m to NI employers
- New landmark case law in areas as diverse as restrictive covenants and vicarious liability for employee actions
- A massive growth in Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace as a retention tool
- 'Vento' injury to feelings compensation bands increase, along with an explosion of sex discrimination claims linked to #MeToo, Non-Disclosure Agreements and NI largest Equal Pay award
- Artificial Intelligence becomes a mainstream tool for many HR departments
Let us save you and your organisation time, money and stress by providing you with detailed updates on the Northern Ireland, GB and European employment law developments you need to know. Get up-to-date with all of the new employment legislation affecting Northern Ireland workplaces in 2019/2020 by attending the Annual Review of Employment Law conference later this year.
How we can help you
Our experts give you the latest information, practical tips and effective solutions to make your life easier and prepare your organisation for the year ahead. After attending you will better be able to:
- Minimise your organisation’s risk of litigation.
- Understand how the relevant new cases from the UK and Europe impact on your workplace.
- Prepare for the year ahead.
- Update your policies with the useful templates and precedent wording for key areas in your organisation – sent to you by email after the event.
- Refer to all important legislative and case law changes which are relevant to your workplace, with an extensive folder of notes.
Last year we sold out both Annual Review of Employment Law conferences, so register now to secure your place.
When and Where?
9:15am - 4:30pm on Thursday 7th November 2019
The conference will be repeated on Tuesday 19th November 2019 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast.
Standard Rate: £565 + VAT
Charity/Small Company Rate*: £455 + VAT
Save £20 per person if you pay online when booking.
*All organisations with fewer than 50 employees or charities qualify for our Charity/Small company rate. The number of employees includes all branches, subsidiary/parent companies, boards, trusts and federated organisations
Mark McAllister - Review of the Year Parts 1 & 2
Louise McAloon - Northern Ireland Case Review 2019 and Key Next Steps
Paul Gillen - Diversity through Allies
Leeanne Armstrong & Simon Magee - The TLT NI Guide to an Employee Handbook and Mercer’s Guide to Employee Well-being
Mary Kitson - The Equality Commission’s Annual Update
Mark Latuske - Trust Me? … I’m a Human Resources Professional
Aine Mitchell - Managers as Workplace Stressors
Important note for those who attended this conference in 2018:
Last year some of our customers experienced issues with car parking. We listened to your feedback and have worked with Titanic Belfast to put a number of measures in place to help prevent any issues this year:
- free car parking will be available on the day - pre-paid tickets will be provided to help mitigate queues at payment machines
- an attendant will be present at the car park entrance on the morning of the conference to assist customers
- improved lunch options available, with a wider range of choices and additional tables available in the lunch area
If this event is taking place in a hotel and you require a bedroom for the night before or day of the event please get in touch. We work with all our hotels to offer a preferential delegate rate for overnight stays where possible. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I thought this was another excellent event run by Legal Island. The topics were relevant; the subject matter up to date; and the presenters were not only knowledgeable in their field but they were able to deliver the information in a way that kept me interested throughout all the sessions. The pack of information delegates are able to take away is excellent."
Jennifer Campbell, HR Manager, NILGOSC
"Excellent day - great selection of topics and speakers, as usual, very knowledgeable with really good presentations. The support pack also excellent in terms of reference materials."
Margaret Davern, HR Adviser, Irish League of Credit Unions
"As usual, the presentations were of a very high standard, relevant and engaging."
Angela Getty, Equality and Legal Manager, Ulster University
"Another great Employment Law update from Legal Island with a lot of very interesting and topical issues discussed."
Nichola Hamilton, HR Manager, Toals Bookmakers
"David Meade's presentation - funny but with strong messages for the workplace. Dr Philip McCrea's experience and discussion around the health and well-being of employees. The scenarios used and each of the presenter's discussion around these"
Racquel Turtle, HR Officer, NILGOSC
"I really enjoyed the separate sessions with different speakers on different topics which keeps the interest."
Ashley Walker, HR Manager, Golf Holdings
Previous attendees include:
David Meade Events
David is a researcher and lecturer in international business with one of Ireland's leading universities, whose personal interests have always focused on aspects of popular psychology, consumer behaviour, and choice. By combining these professional and personal passions with his love of the performance of mentalism, David has become a sought after speaker with a reputation for an innovative style that forces audiences to think critically about the challenges around them.
Mark McAllister Director of Employment Relations Services
Labour Relations Agency
Mark McAllister is Director of Employment Relations Services with the LRA and part-time lecturer in Law. He specialises in employment law, dispute prevention and strategic collaborative working in industrial and employment relations. Mark is the former Northern Ireland Convenor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and the Chair of the NI ICSA Governance Institute. He is an accredited mediator, a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Group and the Industrial Law Society and is a regular speaker on the employment law circuit and contributor to employment law publications.
Louise McAloon Partner
Louise heads up, leads and manages the employment department of Worthingtons Solicitors, which is currently the largest employment law practice in Northern Ireland.
With 14 years’ experience in employment law, Louise’s knowledge and attention to detail provides an expert and innovative approach that her clients value in relation to complex areas of litigation including Public Interest Disclosure, Equal Pay, Discrimination, Unfair Dismissal and Trade Union Activities.
Louise leads and manages the Worthingtons Employment Department, which is currently the largest employment law practice in Northern Ireland.
With over 14 years’ experience in employment law, Louise’s knowledge and attention to detail provide an innovative approach that her clients appreciate in relation to complex areas of Public Interest Disclosure, Equal Pay, Discrimination and Unfair Dismissal. She works closely with employers across the public, private and third sectors and regularly advises on restructuring issues including individual and collective redundancies and the application and implication of TUPE. Louise has a detailed understanding of her clients’ needs and is known for her constructive and pragmatic advice on internal employment issues and providing advice and representation in defence of all categories of employment claims before the tribunals and civil courts. She has amassed considerable experience in employment related civil litigation including injunctive relief applications and securing Undertakings to enforce post termination restrictions and damages claims arising from breaches of implied duties of fidelity and confidentiality. One of few practitioners in the jurisdiction to have successfully obtained a Tribunal Costs Order against an opposing party for the maximum statutory amount of £10,000.
Louise a regular writer on employment law matters through articles in the Ulster Tatler and Belfast Telegraph; she speaks at Seminars and delivers in-house employment law and GDPR updates and training sessions for a number of clients and membership organisations including local Councils, CIPD (Northern Ireland), IHCP and Legal Island.
Gareth Walls Partner
Gareth Walls is Partner and Head of Employment in A&L Goodbody, Belfast. Gareth has more than 18 years experience practising as a specialist employment lawyer and has built a strong reputation for excellence in his contentious and non-contentious practice, notably on discrimination matters, TUPE advices and corporate support.
Paul Gillen Partner
Paul Gillen is a Partner in the employment & pensions team at Pinsent Masons LLP. Beginning his career in Human Resource Management, he spent more than 10 years working in a variety of HR roles including retail, construction, civil engineering, manufacturing and distribution.
Paul is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and is currently vice chair to the Northern Ireland Branch Committee. Paul is a member of the CBI Employment and Skills committee and a Visiting Professor to the School of Law at the University of Ulster.
Ciara Fulton Senior Partner
Jones Cassidy Brett
Ciara Fulton is a Senior Partner in Jones Cassidy Brett, a niche employment law firm based in Belfast, which is renowned for its expertise in employment and equality law. Ciara is dual qualified and advises on all aspects of employment law in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. She has significant experience of advising clients on all aspects of employment law and cross-border issues.
Kiera Lee Partner
Kiera has 19 years’ experience in employment law acting mainly for employers in contentious and non-contentious matters. Her client list includes leading NI Companies and large employers (up to 2,000 employees).
Kiera’s experience covers day to day HR problems and complex restructuring issues. She has given advice on a restructure and redundancy programme involving more than 800 employees and defended multi claimant tribunal claims for unfair dismissal arising from TUPE transfers.
She also assists with strategic decisions, successfully managing the exit of senior executives and any contentious issues with restrictive covenants.
Leeanne Armstrong Legal Director
Leeanne joined TLT as a Legal Director in the Employment team in July 2018. Leeanne has experience of advising a range of public and private sector clients on a broad range of employment issues.
Her experience includes support and representation of clients in the Industrial Tribunal and the Fair Employment Tribunal, TUPE, outsourcing, absence management, grievance and disciplinary procedures, redundancy, equality and diversity issues (including monitoring obligations). In addition, Leeanne has extensive experience supporting on employment aspects of multi-million pound M&As. Leeanne's depth of experience enables her to bring a practical and commercial approach to the advice she provides to clients, including in the management of tribunal litigation, so as to provide the client with the most favourable and cost-effective outcomes.
Michele Berry Director
Charis Consultancy Services
Michele Berry has been a self-employed employment relations consultant working across all sectors since 1999 and is Director of Charis Consultancy Services based in Belfast. She works extensively in dispute resolution through the delivery of mediation, arbitration, independent appeals and investigation services. Michele is a highly experienced Mediator and is a Certified Practitioner with the Mediation Ireland Institute (MII) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She holds a Level 7 Advanced Professional Certificate in Investigative Practice through the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Mary Kitson Senior Legal Officer
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Mary Kitson is employed by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland as a Senior Legal Officer. Mary qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and after 1 year working in a commercial law firm joined the Fair Employment Commission in 1993.
Mary commenced employment with the Equality Commission in 1999. Her role involves providing advice and assistance to people who believe that they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination and to help the Commission choose appropriate cases to support.
Sandra Wright HR Business Partner
Sandra is a highly experienced HR Professional currently working in a senior HR Leadership role within Financial Services. Currently she is a member of both HR and Business Executive Leadership teams and a key contributor to both the HR and business strategies.
With over 15 years' HR experience, Sandra's recent roles have been in Senior HR Leadership, HR Business Partnering and Consultancy supporting senior stakeholders. Sandra has strong HR technical knowledge with experience in HR Operations, Employee Relations, Policy and Reward and has delivered a number of strategic business and HR Change Programmes with proven business benefits.
Sandra is a commercially-focused, result-driven and highly motivated individual with a passion for HR. She has proven diagnostic, influencing and negotiating skills and has developed strong relationships built on credibility and trust.
Mark Latuske Director HR Projects & Initiatives
Independent News & Media
Mark is a Human Resources specialist with consultancy and in-house experience. He has worked across private and public sector organisations, within the sectors of finance, telecoms, education and health, including Ulster University, Danske Bank, the NHS, Lloyds Banking Group, Bristol Myers Squibb and Ofqual.
Eileen Mullan Founder
Strictly Boardroom & Boardroom Apprentice
Eileen is a trusted expert in governance and has transformed organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors. She is a highly-accomplished trainer, award winning Chair, Board Advisor, facilitator and mediator. She holds Non-Executive roles within Health, Regulation and Community Funding. Never shying away from a challenge, Eileen ticked delivering a TEDx Talk off her bucket list and her idea worth sharing was “make time for what matters to you”. Eileen is a powerhouse in advocating for diversity, inclusion and a champion for change. She is founder of Strictly Boardroom and the Boardroom Apprentice, enabling and empowering the next generation of decision-makers.
Simon Magee Employee Benefits Consultant
Simon Magee is an associate in the Employee Health & Benefits division of Mercer, advising corporate clients on Group Pensions alongside Risk and Healthcare benefits. Simon joined Mercer in 2005. Simon’s areas of specialty include managing corporate client relationships, corporate pensions; Pensions Governance; Pensions Salary Sacrifice; Auto-enrolment and employee education, facilitation and communication (1:1s, seminars, newsletters, presentations).
Áine Mitchell Founder & Owner
The Coaching Suite
Áine is the founder and owner of The Coaching Suite Ltd and is an Ashridge Accredited Executive Coach. Áine’s coaching skills are coupled with strong commercial acumen gathered in world class environments such as General Electric and Mercer Consulting, where she worked at leadership level. In particular she focuses on understanding corporate cultures, inclusive leadership, employee engagement, developing leaders, talent management and succession planning. With this understanding, Áine supports the client in exploring the systemic context in which they operate with a view to providing objectivity, perspective and helping the client identify agile strategies. Áine holds a Master’s degree and two post graduates in Human Resource Management. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She is certified in a number of psychometric instruments such as Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Emotional Intelligence EQ-I 2.0. Áine has also studied Conversational Intelligence – C-IQ with Judith Glaser which uses neuroscience to enable and facilitate deeper level coaching conversations.
Damian McAlister Director of People and Culture
Damian McAlister is the Director of People and Culture at Ulster University having taken up the role in February last year. Prior to this Damian was the Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and was in post from August 2014 until this year. Prior to this Damian was the Human Resources Director for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and also worked as a Co-Director within HR in the Belfast Trust.
Nora Smith Chief Executive
Nora became Chief Executive of CO3 in March 2014. With over 500 members and operating for over 30 years, CO3 is a mature and strategic organisation, which ensures that CO3 members remain at the centre of its work. CO3 provides much needed support, advice, information and development opportunities for Voluntary and Community and Social Enterprise leaders in NI.