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: Jo Broadbent, Hogan Lovells International LLP

  • Julian Allsop – South West Rep
  • Donna Anderson, Sintons LLP - North East Rep
  • Harriet Bowtell, Monaco Solicitors
  • Patrick Brodie, RPC LLP
  • Emma Carter, Dentons UKMEA LLP
  • Simon Cheetham, Old Square Chambers
  • Anthea Christie, Penningtons Manches LLP
  • Emma Clark, Keystone Law
  • Sheila Fahy, Allen & Overy LLP
  • Ceri Fuller, DAC Beachcroft LLP
  • Ciara Fulton, Jones Cassidy Brett Solicitor - Northern Ireland Rep
  • Sam Gage, Thomson Reuters
  • Rachel Hearn, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Elizabeth Hodgetts, St Philips Chambers - Midlands Rep
  • David Hunt, Farrer & Co
  • Penny Hunt, Bird & Bird LLP
  • Mhairi Letcher, The British Museum
  • Lisa Lewinsohn, Withers LLP
  • Tracy Luke, Eversheds Sutherland LLP
  • Annabel Mackay, Addleshaw Goddard LLP
  • Nigel Mackay, Leigh Day
  • Daniela Mahapatra, NHS Wales - Wales Rep
  • Hannah Mahon, GQ Employment Law
  • Eleanor Mannion, MacRoberts LLP– Scotland Rep
  • Adrian Martin, Burges Salmon LLP
  • Claire Merritt, Paris Smith LLP – Lower South East Rep
  • Alexandra Mizzi, Howard Kennedy LLP
  • Daniel Northall, Littleton Chambers - North West Rep
  • Ian Petttifer, Davies and Partners Solicitors
  • David Regan, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
  • ​Catherine Richmond, Worden Richmond​
  • ​Daniel South, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service​
  • Marie Walsh, Consilia Legal LLP – Yorkshire & Humberside Rep
  • Anna West, Travers Smith LLP