Short and Intermittent Absences (notes) - Mark Landon, Weightmans (Discrimination, London, 24.05.16) When applying your attendance policy to disabled employees, when and by how much should you extend the trigger points because of short and intermittent absences? How do you offer support but also manage overall attendance?
FOI Requests - Fionnuala McCredie QC, Keating Chambers (Public Procurement, London, 17.05.16) What is and is not disclosable in FOI requests at all stages of a competition, from market engagement prior to tender to the outcome? Should you ever disclose the evaluator's comments?
Contract Changes - David Gollancz, Keating Chambers (Public Procurement, London, 17.05.16) What are the "magic words" and review mechanisms which generalise and extend your options when it comes to making changes mid-contract? How do you achieve your aims without falling foul of PCR 2015?
Difficult Enforcements - Stephen Murray, 18 St John Street Chambers (Matrimonial Finance, Manchester, 18.05.16) How do you protect a client who is faced with a spouse who is (1) not employed by a UK company; 2) intending to take citizenship of his/her current partner's home country; or 3) intending to walk away and allow the FMH to be repossessed by the lender? What can the court order and what is the method and mechanism of enforcement - especially if the client has little income and capital?
Post-separation Accrual - James Brown, Hall Brown (Matrimonial Finance, Manchester, 18.05.16) When is a client able to benefit from a post-separation accrual of wealth, e.g. bonuses, the increase in share value of companies, development work on a property etc?
Schedule 1 - Elizabeth Darlington, Zenith Chambers (Matrimonial Finance, Manchester, 18.05.16) When your client is co-habiting and children are involved, what is the value of issuing a Schedule 1 application to run concurrently with a claim under TOLATA?
Non-disclosure, dishonesty - Samantha Hillas, St Johns Buildings (Matrimonial Finance, Manchester, 18.05.16) How do you prove material non-disclosure and/or dishonesty - bearing in mind the restrictions placed on you when handling documents belonging to the other party? Is there a conflict between Sharland and Gohil and Immerman?
SMEs - Peter Curran, Eversheds (Public Procurement, Dublin, 12.05.16) How can you reduce the burden on SMEs and encourage SME involvement without breaking the rules, for instance specifying exact financial criteria thresholds within a PQQ or Capability Assessment?
Performance - Jenny Mellerick, McCann Fitzgerald (Public Procurement, Dublin, 12.05.16) How do you expose the culture of the bidder's organisation and the capability of its senior management? How do you evaluate pitches, references, interviews and the team members who will perform the contract? Where are the limits of what you can ask?
Lawful Negotiation - Anna-Marie Curran, A&L Goodbody (Public Procurement, Dublin, 12.05.16) Using real-life examples, how do you create a golden opportunity for lawful negotiation following a final tender in the case of the new competitive procedure with negotiation?