An Insider's Guide to an Adjudication Hearing

An Insider's Guide to an Adjudication Hearing

This event is brought to you by Legal Island in association with Leman Solicitors.

The WRC can be a frightening place for the uninitiated.  Participants who fail to prepare must be prepared to fail.  This workshop includes a realistic mock adjudication hearing designed with respondents, claimants and other witnesses in experienced in WRC procedures in mind.

What are the learning outcomes?
You will gain confidence by observing a mock adjudication, chaired by experienced WRC adjudication officer, Dr Gerry McMahon. The sessions will also prepare you for attendance at the WRC by studying ‘real’ complaint and response forms and background documentation, with the support of our legal experts. 

Bláthnaid Evans, Head of the Employment Department at Leman Solicitors will lead today’s event by giving you tips on how to prepare for a WRC hearing and taking you through the case study, which the mock adjudication hearing will be based on. Lauren Tennyson BL and Owen Keany BL will lead a team playing various roles during the hearing, to take you through a ‘real life’ case.  

What will be covered?
Preparation and attendance at a mock adjudication from start to finish.

What will I learn?

  • Procedural guidance when initiating a complaint.
  • How to carefully complete and respond to a WRC complaint form
  • The necessary time limits under the Workplace Relations Act 2015 for referring a case to the WRC and when an extension may be granted
  • What happens when a case is referred to the WRC
  • Whether mediation is a feasible option in order to encourage and facilitate both parties to resolve issues as an alternative to a formal hearing
  • Tips on drafting submissions when the onus of proof rests on the employer
  • What information and documentation is required by the parties
  • The hearing and decision – what to expect on the day, understanding likely awards, structure of the hearing and when adjournment of a hearing may be granted.
  • Delegates will be asked to participate in the hearing by raising questions or offering their views. The parts of the participants will be played by junior barristers and presided over by WRC adjudicator Gerry McMahon.
  • Appeals and enforcement –A brief account of how and when a party can appeal a decision

Who should attend?
This is an ideal course for respondents, claimants and other witnesses who wish to experience a realistic adjudication process in a safe environment.

When and where?
11am - 4pm on Wednesday 11th June 2020
The Spencer Hotel, Dublin


Early Bird rate: €345 (deadline Friday 8 May 2020)
Standard rate €395
Charity/Small Company Early Bird rate: €295 (deadline Friday 8 May 2020)
Chairty/Small Company Standard Rate: €345

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Event details


11.00am - 4.00pm


11 June 2020


The Spencer Hotel, Dublin


Early Bird Rate: €345 (deadline Friday 8 May 2020)
Standard Rate: €395
Charity/Small Company Early Bird Rate: €295 (deadline Friday 8 May 2020)
Charity/Small Company Standard Rate: €345

Save €20 if you book and pay online