Training committee

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.

Training Committee 

Chair: David Regan, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

  • Shirley Blair, A&L Goodbody - Northern Ireland Rep
  • Harriet Bowtell, Jones Chase
  • Jo Broadbent, Hogan Lovells International LLP
  • Patrick Brodie, RPC LLP
  • Emma Carter, Dentons UK and Middle East LLP
  • Paula Chan, BDBF LLP
  • Michelle Clarke, Shoosmiths
  • Connie Cliff, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP
  • Emilie Cole, Cole Khan Solicitors LLP 
  • Kim Crangle, Payne Hicks Beach
  • George Crosse, Starling Bank
  • Pooja Dasgupta, CM Murray
  • Niran de Silva QC, Littleton Chambers 
  • Julie Duane, St Philips Chambers - Midlands Rep
  • Michael Duggan QC, Barrister - Upper South East Rep
  • Sheila Fahy, Allen & Overy LLP
  • Ceri Fuller, DAC Beachcroft LLP
  • Debbie Grennan, Guildhall Chambers - South West Rep
  • Rachel Hearn, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Fiona Herrell, Brodies - Scotland Rep
  • Sarah Hayes, Paris Smith LLP - Lower South East Rep
  • Katya Hosking, Devereux Chambers
  • Penny Hunt, Bird & Bird LLP
  • Lindsey Knowles, Brabners - North West Rep
  • Peter Linstead, Outer Temple Chambers
  • Kara Lorraine, Old Square Chambers
  • Annabel Mackay, Baker McKenzie LLP
  • Nigel Mackay, Leigh Day
  • Hannah Mahon, GQ Littler​
  • Laura McDonald, Jackson Boyd
  • Alexandra Mizzi, Howard Kennedy LLP
  • Katherine Moore, Addleshaw Goddard
  • Leonora Morgan, DAC Beachcroft LLP - North East Rep
  • David Regan, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
  • ​Catherine Richmond, Worden Richmond​
  • Laura Ramos, Wards Solicitors
  • Rose Smith, Doyle Clayton
  • Nikita Sonecha, Browne Jacobson LLP
  • Marie Walsh, Consilia Legal LLP – Yorkshire & Humberside Rep
  • Jonathan Walters, Civitas Law - Wales Rep
  • Anna West, Travers Smith LLP
  • Katie Woller, Burges Salmon
  • Alice Yandle, Farrer & Co LLP