Annual Conference & Dinner

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Wed, 24 May 2017
London (National)
Venue Address:
Lancaster London
Lancaster Terrace
W2 2TY
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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

The conference starts at 9.20am, with Registration and morning coffee available from 8.50am, and runs through to 5.30pm. The AGM will take place just after lunch, at 1.45pm to 2.15pm. The Dinner in the evening will start slightly earlier: Reception at 6.00pm, Dinner at 7.15pm. The  timetable is set out in full below.

From 8.50am  Registration and Tea/Coffee
9.20am          Welcome from Gareth Brahams, ELA Chair; BDBF LLP
9.30am          Plenary session: How should employment law respond to the gig economy and labour market casualisation?
11.00am        Tea/Coffee
11.30am        Break out sessions
12.45pm        Lunch
1.45pm - 2.15pm          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

Plenary session: How should employment law respond to the gig economy and labour market casualisation?

FINAL SPEAKER ANNOUNCED: we are delighted that Will Hutton has just agreed to join our panel. Details below.

Whilst we await the outcome of the Taylor Review and the General Election, ELA, with assistance from our distinguished panel, offers its own perspective on how our employment and taxation laws could and should adapt to the changing workplace and behavioural patterns of the UK's working population.

Our Panel

Chair: Marian Bloodworth, Kemp Little LLP and Chair of ELA Training Committee

Judith Freedman
Pinsent Masons Professor of Taxation Law; Worcester College Oxford; Director of Legal Research, Centre for Business Taxation; Joint Editor, British Tax Review, with special interests in tax policy and design of taxation.  She is a member of the Institute for Fiscal Studies Tax Law Review Committee and authored a report for that Committee in 2001 entitled ‘Employed or Self-employed? Tax Classification and the Changing Labour Market’.

Caspar Glyn QC
Caspar has been at the forefront of the recent litigation concerning the gig economy. He is representing the claimant in a courier case against Excel (a courier company taken over by CitySprint last October).

Will Hutton
Will is a political economist, weekly newspaper columnist, former editor-in-chief for The Observer and writer of numerous books ranging from The State We're In to, most recently, How Good We Can Be: Ending the Mercenary Society and Building a Great Country.  Will is Chair of the Big Innovation Centre, an initiative from the Work Foundation which is now an independent company and was chief executive of the Work Foundation from 2000 to 2008.

Maria Ludkin
National Officer for Legal and Corporate Affairs at GMB.  Maria is responsible for identifying cases arising from GMB membership which advance GMB policy.  In 2016 GMB ran a test case establishing that Uber drivers were in fact workers with employment rights, rather than self-employed, as Uber claimed. As one of the first major cases testing the proliferation of bogus self-employment and loss of employment rights in the so-called "gig economy", the case has been called "the employment law case of the decade". The union has recently opened several new legal actions in the campaign against businesses treating workers as self-employed contractors, with claims against logistics company UK Express, which carries out deliveries for web retail giant Amazon, DX, Addison Lee and Hermes with several other large  test groups in preparation.

Jeremias Prassl
Associate Professor and Fellow in Law, Magdalen College, Oxford. Jeremias has published widely in UK and European labour law, with a particular interest in fragmenting labour markets - from outsourcing to Private Equity. His new book on work in the on-demand economy, Humans as a Service, will be published by OUP later this year.

Break out sessions

The choice of topics is below. The timetable is now available here

10 (not 50) shades of fairness: dealing with the under-explored sides of unfair dismissal: Most important recent case law developments and tactics for dealing with knotty issues in unfair dismissal with Gareth Brahams, BDBF LLP and Ben Cooper QC, Old Square Chambers

A practical update on Disability law: consideration of recent key cases and a look in the mirror 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
with  Lynsey Adams, EMEA Employment Counsel, Citigroup, Punam Birly, Partner & head of the employment and immigration practice, KPMG, Ciara McLoughlin, A&L Goodbody and Chinwe Odimba-Chapman, Clifford Chance LLP

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

What's on the horizon for ET litigation and what does it mean for employment lawyers?
 Richard Fox, Kingsley Napley LLP, Eleanor Mannion, Renfrewshire Council, Paul McFarlane, Weightmans LLP and Joanne Owers, DAC Beachcroft LLP

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

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 Dave King, CEO, Digitalis Reputation and Tim Luckett, Chair, Hill + Knowlton Strategies’ Global Crisis Practice 

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 unions and recognition: a practical guide to claims in the Central Arbitration Committee 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 with Gavin Mansfield QC, Littleton Chambers and Adrian Martin, Burges Salmon LLP


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.