Employment Litigation in the High Court

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Wed, 17 Oct 2018
London (National)
Venue Address:
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
27 Sussex Place, Marylebone, London NW1 4RG
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Employment Litigation in the High Court
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Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 October 2018

A two day course organised by the Employment Lawyers Association


£225 + VAT per day; £425 + VAT for both days.
Members may also book for a half day only on day two:
Half day (morning or afternoon on 18 October): £140 + VAT per half day, including lunch
There is an early bird discount until 11 July 2018, a 30% out of region discount and a 50% discount for thevoluntary sector ,pupil barristers and barristers under 2 years calll.

The first day is aimed at employment lawyers who are new to, or want to refresh their knowledge of, High Court litigation. It covers the types of claims relevant to employment law covered by the High Court jurisdiction, considerations in deciding which forum and case management issues in the High Court.

The second day focuses on injunctions, looking at High Court procedure in more detail and practical tactical considerations. The afternoon of the second day incorporates David Reade QC and Gavin Mansfield QC’s highly acclaimed role play game to explore the tactics of litigating and defending post termination restraints and confidential information. The morning and afternoon sessions on day two are available to book separately.

Event Programme

Day one - Contractual claims in the High Court

Chair: Harriet Bowtell, Monaco Solicitors; member of ELA Training Committee

From 9.45am Registration and tea/coffee

10.15am Types of employment claims and choice of forum
Betsan Criddle, Old Square Chambers

  • Employment claims frequently litigated in the HC
  • Relevant considerations for deciding which forum
  • Jurisdiction issues

11.15am Tea/Coffee

11.40am Costs
Chris Butler, Director, Kain Knight

  • Costs in the High Court – principles
  • Costs budgeting
  • Costs management
  • Practical issues including time recording

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm  Case Management Issues in the High Court
Peter De Maria, Doyle Clayton Solicitors

  • The Jackson Reforms
  • Pre-action protocols
  • Commencing a claim
  • Handling concurrent claims
  • Issues to consider before the Case Management Conference

2.30pm  Tea/coffee

2.45pm  Case management after the Case Management Conference
Mohinderpal Sethi, Littleton Chambers

  • The Case Management Conference
  • Directions
  • Disclosure and E-disclosure
  • Evidence
  • Part 36 offers

3.45pm Practical session covering case management and forum issues
Peter De Maria and Mohinderpal Sethi

4.15pm  Close of day one

Day Two – Injunctions in the High Court

Chair: Nigel Mackay, Leigh Day; member of ELA Training Committee

From 9.30am Registration and tea/coffee

10.00am The Legal Framework, Procedure and Tactics
Toni Lorenzo, Lewis Silkin LLP and Diya Sen Gupta, Blackstone Chambers

This morning session will explore the law relating to garden leave, restrictive covenants and confidentiality.  It will cover the legal framework of injunctions in the High Court as well as practical issues and pre-litigation tactics.

There will be a mid session tea/coffee break at about 11.00am

12.45pm Lunch

1.30pm It's all in the Game

The afternoon session will explore the tactics of litigating and defending these claims through David Reade QC and Gavin Mansfield QC’s highly acclaimed game play approach to exploring the issues in the litigation of post termination restraints and confidential information.

Delegates will be briefed and will take the role of advisors, acting for different parties, in factual scenarios designed to highlight tricky issues. Gavin and colleagues will moderate the game play and explore the issues that arise as they take the participants though the process.

How the session evolves will very much depend on the way you play the game, but past experience would suggest that issues such as legal professional privilege, conflicts of interest, the new costs regime and the practicalities of interim applications will crop up as well the more central issues such as enforceability and possible forms of relief.

There will be a mid session tea/coffee break at about 2.30pm

4.00pm  Close of course