We often work in collaboration with the employment law network of professional support lawyers (PEN) to ensure that our training offers added practical value and to research and update our training materials.
ELA’s Training Committee is responsible for producing our training programme for ELA members. It aims to produce practical and cost-effective training sessions at all levels of expertise and to keep its members up-to-date in employment law developments.
Our training fees are well below those of commercial trainers, and many of our courses are run virtually at cost, with a series of discounts available for sections of the membership (e.g. those working in the voluntary sector/not-for-profit sectors and barrister within their first two years of practice).
Like all ELA Committees, it is made up of volunteers from the membership and include barristers, solicitors from firms who represent both employees and employers, in-house counsel and professional support lawyers. ELA’s regional representatives also sit on the Committee. The diverse background and experience of the Committee members helps to ensure that ELA’s training meets the needs of all our members.
The Training Committee designs and produces a wide range of training sessions, from expert standard think tank sessions and evening sessions, practical courses for experienced practitioners, to our comprehensive programme of junior-level courses. The Committee is also responsible for producing the programme for ELA’s Annual Conference.
ELA’s regional representatives are responsible for arranging the evening sessions run in their region, taking a general brief on topics and approach from the Training Committee.
The national programme of courses are monitored closely by the Committee and the speakers are carefully briefed to ensure our training gives members not only up-to-date law but cutting edge practical tips they can use in their day to day practice.
The practical nature of our training cannot be found in books and this is what makes ELA’s training unique: delivered by members who are willing to share their wealth of knowledge and practical expertise with fellow members.
All ELA’s training sessions are listed in Training & Events. This can by searched by topic, by date, by location or by type (introductory, experienced, evening session etc).
Gareth Brahams, Managing Partner, Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP (Chair)
Paul Bennett, Bennett's Legal Limited
Marian Bloodworth, Berwin Leighton Paisner
Harriet Bowtell, Slater & Gordon (formerly Russell Jones & Walker)
Jo Broadbent, Hogan Lovells International LLP
Patrick Brodie, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
Emma Clark, Abbiss Cardres
Naeema Choudry, Eversheds - North West Rep
Anthea Christie, Pattinson & Brewer
Nick Cooksey, Rivers Chambers - South Wales Rep
Joan Cradden, Brodies– Scotland Rep
Betsan Criddle, Old Square Chambers - London and SE Rep
Ranjit Dhindsa, Hill Hofstetter, Midlands Rep
Sam Gage, PLC
Lisa Lewinsohn, Withers
Louise Hall, A O Hall, Guernsey – Channel Islands Rep
Judith Harris, Baker McKenzie
Paul Hayward, Caterley Don Millard – Thames Valley Rep
Ellie Hibberd, Winckworth Sherwood
Gary Hodkinson, Lamb Building
Penny Hunt, Bird & Bird
Paul Jennings, Bates Wells Braithwaite LLP
Mhairi Letcher, British Museum
Oliver Loach, John Lewis Partnership
Nigel Mackay, Leigh Day & Co
Adrian Martin, Burges Salmon LLP
Sean McHugh – South West Rep
Jonathan Maude, McGuireWoods
Alice Mayhew, Devereux Chambers
Claire Merritt, Paris Smith Randall – Solent Rep
Eleena Misra, Littleton Chambers - London and SE Rep
Alexandra Mizzi, Finers Stephens Innocent
Catriona Moffatt, Olswang – Thames Valley Rep
James Morris, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
Charles Pigott, Mills & Reeve – Cambridge Rep
Georgina Rowley, Dechert LLP
Diya Sen Gupta, Blackstone Chambers
Anjali Sharma, DAC Beachcroft – North East Rep
Nicholas Squire, Freshfields
Nicola Tager, Harbottle & Lewis
Susan Thomas, Charles Russell
James Warren, Field Fisher Waterhouse
Kathryn Weaver, Lewis Silkin LLP
Anna West, Travers Smith