Redundancy and Dismissal: Hints, Tips and Solution-Focused Answers for Employers

Wed 5 December 2018

The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR

Answers to 11 Thorny Questions: Directly from 7 of the UK's Most Experienced Lawyers


  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Introduction

    Redundancy and Dismissal: hints, tips and solution-focused answers for employers

    Chaired by: Jonathan Chamberlain of Gowling WLG

    Jonathan has a “stunning reputation for employment law.” "He gives you answers rather than opinions" and "explains complex issues concisely and commercially."

  3. Selection

    When constructing the redundancy selection grid, what weight should you give to soft measures such as attitude and diligence?

    How do you measure them?

    Answered by: Paul Fontes of Eversheds Sutherland

    Paul is acclaimed for his skill in deeply complex employment law cases. "He looks beyond the immediate question to ensure there are no hidden issues facing clients."

  4. Protected conversations

    Using real-life examples, what is the root cause of the trouble with protected conversations?

    Why do they go wrong and how can you put them right?

    Answered by: Gareth Brahams of Brahams Dutt Badrick French

    Gareth is renowned for taking on and beating some of the largest employers and LLPs in the world. He is "flawless as a lawyer - exceptional in every respect."

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Stress & anxiety

    In a grievance, disciplinary or under-performance situation, what can you do - practically and legally - if the employee responds by taking long-term sickness leave, for reasons of stress or anxiety?

    Answered by: Jillian Naylor of Linklaters

    Jillian is "a rising star for employment law - quite simply superb." "She matches the very best for talent." Her particular focus is on high-value dismissal claims.

  7. Other substantial reason

    Is it possible to dismiss an employee because of persistently poor behaviour, e.g. bad manners, undermining, not speaking to people?

    What evidence is going to persuade a tribunal?

    Answered by: Udara Ranasinghe of DAC Beachcroft

    Udara is "brilliant - a joy to work with - and a problem solver." He is advising on high profile and sensitive internal situations that are making the front pages of the press.

  8. Lunch

  9. Capability

    What happens if you can't agree over flexible working options with an employee returning from maternity or shared parental leave?

    When is a capability dismissal your best option?

    Answered by: Emma Burrows of Trowers & Hamlins

    Emma is "razor sharp, incredibly clued up and achieves sensational results." She is a popular commentator on HR issues, appearing frequently in the Press and on TV/Radio.

  10. Investigations

    Drawing on live cases, what counts as being fair and not fair at the investigatory stage?

    Just what is fair enough when it comes to the tribunal?

    Answered by: Catherine Taylor of CMS

    Catherine is "one of the real stars of UK employment law." "She achieves sensational results for her clients." She is joint author of "Employment Law Checklist."

  11. Over-run

  12. Close of conference

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