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

Thu 29 November 2018

The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR

Answers to 13 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 of the UK's Most Experienced Lawyers

5 hrs CPD

£249 + VAT

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  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Introduction

    Redundancy and dismissal: Hints, tips and solution-focused answers for public bodies

    Chaired by: Simon Bellm of DMH Stallard

    Simon continues to impress with his stellar practice. He advises local authorities, housing providers ports, universities and schools. "He excels in his field."

  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: Mark Landon of Weightmans

    Mark takes a "creative approach and is especially helpful if you have something tricky to deal with." He is a trustee of the disability charity, Changing Faces.

  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: Simon Cheetham QC

    Simon is a veteran when it comes to hotly contested employment situations. He is author of "Age Discrimination - the Law" and sits as an Employment Tribunal Judge.

  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: Geetika Bansa of DAC Beachcroft

    Geetika is "held in the highest esteem for her expertise, clarity of thought and fantastic skill." She regularly advises on discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing.

  8. Over-run

  9. Lunch

  10. 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: David Whincup of Squire Patton Boggs

    David is a "leading light" and highly gifted public speaker. He always gives far more than is required when assisting HR clients. "He seems to know everything."

  11. 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: Paul Strelitz of Hardwicke

    Paul is a "standout rising star" and "problem-solver" with particular "strength in dismissal cases." His clients include Cambridge colleges and local authorities.

  12. Restructuring

    When restructuring, what are the benefits of dismissal and re-engagement over redundancy (and vice versa)?

    Where are the risks?

    Answered by: Emma Burrows 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.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference