Employment Litigation in the High Court

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Wed, 16th Oct 2019
London - RCOG (National)
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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, Marylebone, London NW1 4RG
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Day One: 9.45am for a 10.15am start to 4.15pm; Day Two: 9.30am for a 10am start to 4.00pm
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Employment Litigation in the High Court
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A two day course organised by ELA

Wednesday 16 – Thursday 17 October 2019

Fee: £225 + VAT per day; £425 + VAT for both days. There is a 20% early bird fee until 26 July 2019, a 30% out of region discount and 50% for the voluntary sector and to pupil barristers and barristers with less than 2 years' call 

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. 


Day One - 16 October 2019: Contractual claims in the High Court

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

9.45am Registration and tea/coffee

10.15am  Types of employment claims and choice of forum
Eleena Misra, 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, Kain Knight Group Ltd

  • 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 QC, 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, Doyle Clayton Solicitors and Mohinderpal Sethi QC, Littleton Chambers

4.15pm Close of day one

Day Two - 17 October 2019: Injunctions in the High Court

Chair: Alexandra Mizzi, Howard Kennedy LLP and member of ELA Training Committee

9.30am Registration and tea/coffee

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