Annual Conference & Dinner

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Wed, 24 May 2017
London (National)
Venue Address:
Lancaster London
Lancaster Terrace
W2 2TY
See programme
Event Type:
Annual Conference
8.50am for 9.20am start until 5.30pm. Dinner times: Reception at 6.00pm, Dinner at 7.15pm
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Conference fee: £325 + VAT full price.
There is a 30% out-of-region discount and a 50% voluntary sector discount.
Dinner fee: £50 + VAT

We have made some changes to the timetable for the day, to accommodate our speakers. The day will start 30 minutes earlier at 9.20am, with Registration and morning coffee available from 8.50am. The AGM will take place just after lunch, at 2.00pm. The Dinner in the evening will start slightly earlier: Reception at 6.30pm, Dinner at 7.15pm. The new timetable is set out in full below.

New Conference & Dinner Timetable

From 8.50am     Registration and Tea/Coffee
9.20am               Welcome from the Chair
9.30am               Plenary session: How should employment law respond to the gig economy and labour market casualisation?

Whilst we await the outcome of the Taylor Review and the BEIS Committee's separate review of modern working practices, ELA offers its own perspective on how our employment laws could and should adapt to the changing workplace and behavioural patterns of the UK's working population.

11.00am             Tea/Coffee
11.30am             Break out sessions
12.45pm             Lunch
2.00pm               AGM
2.30pm               Break out sessions
3.45pm               Tea/Coffee
4.15pm               Break out sessions
5.30pm               Close of conference
6.00pm               Drinks reception
7.15pm               Annual Dinner

This year’s break out session topics:

The timetable for the break out sessions will be available in early May.

50 shades of fairness: dealing with the greyer side of unfair dismissal: Most important recent case law developments and tactics for dealing with knotty issues in unfair dismissal with Ben Cooper QC, Old Square Chambers and Gareth Brahams, BDBF LLP

Disability discrimination round-up: In the context of discrimination in goods and services and employment with Robin Allen QC, Cloisters and Emma Satyamurti, Leigh Day

Employment aspects of moving business overseas: The practical employment aspects of moving a business to a jurisdiction outside the UK
Speakers to be advised shortly

Financial Services update: A review of key developments, relevant to employment lawyers, for the next 12 months with Mark Hunt, BNY Mellon and Jane McCafferty, 11KBW

The Government’s  Employment Tribunal/Court Reform Programme. As the pace hots up we explain where we are, and where we are heading
with Richard Fox, Kingsley Napley LLP, Paul McFarlane, Weightmans LLP, Joanne Owers, DAC Beachcroft LLP and Eleanor Mannion, Renfrewshire Council

The impact of robotics, digitisation and other technological advances on the new world of work with Michael Burd, Lewis Silkin LLP, Professor Leslie Willcocks, Professor of Work, Technology and Globalisation, Department of Management at LSE and Daniel Hulme, CEO Founder of Satalia (an AI solutions business)

LGB but what about T? Understanding the legal rights of trans employees and customers and the related employer/service provider obligations with Claire McCann, Cloisters and Matthew Ramsey, Macfarlanes LLP

Maternity and pregnancy discrimination: with a focus on the tricky practical issues of maternity leave and redundancy selection with Betsan Criddle, Old Square Chambers and Julie Morris, Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP

PR crisis management: How to protect/defend a client’s reputation, including digital reputation management with Tim Luckett, Chair, Hill + Knowlton Strategies’ Global Crisis Practice and Dave King, CEO, Digitalis Reputation

The psychology of negotiation and the art of getting what you want with Dominic Vaughan, COO of Advantage Spring, experts in negotiation

Restrictive covenants for LLPs: the dos and donts with John Machell QC, Serle Court Chambers and Clare Murray, CM Murray LLP

Trade Union Recognition: Difficult issues that arise during a recognition request covering the perspective of both employer and union with Andrew Burns QC, Devereux Chambers and HHJ Mary Stacey

TUPE: Current issues in the modern world of globalisation, technological innovation and the gig economy
Speakers to be advised shortly


The conference and dinner fees do not include accommodation. We have a small allocation of bedrooms on the night of Wednesday 24 May 2017 at the Lancaster London. The rate is £205 + vat including breakfast. The hotel will release any unsold bedrooms on 26 April 2017. Attendees to book hotel rooms online at

You might find that the Lancaster’s best available rate is currently cheaper than the rate quoted above but this will change and as we get closer to the date, the rate would definitely go higher than the above rate.

Venue Accessibility

The Lancaster London is accessible for disabled users. You can access their Accessibility Statement here. Please indicate any special requirements for the day at the time of booking, in the box provided on the booking form, and the ELA team will liaise with you directly to ensure we do all we can to meet your requirements.