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Annual Seminar for Solicitors and HR Executives


Join Acas Wales for our first annual seminar designed especially for legal and HR executives. Our expert guest speakers will provide you with practical and informative insight into recent and forthcoming case law and statutory developments.

Business need

This seminar provides delegates with the unique opportunity to network and share ideas with likeminded employment professionals.

Delegates attending this seminar will gain greater insight into the employment relations landscape and the potential effects of changes on the horizon, as well as practical tips to help ensure compliance with employment legislation.

With guest speakers:

  • Sir Brendan Barber; Acas Chair
  • Daniel Barnett; Leading Employment Law Barrister
  • Judge Barry Clarke; Regional Employment Judge for Wales and a Deputy Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee
  • Dr Lydia Hayes; Lecturer at School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University
  • Ruth Coombs; Head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in Wales
  • Jane McNeill QC; member and former Head of Old Square Chambers

More speakers to be confirmed shortly.

Suitable For

Solicitors, HR Professionals, Employment Law Practitioners, Employment Relations Specialists and Employee Representatives.


This seminar includes sessions from guest speakers: 

Sir Brendan Barber – The future Employment Relations Landscape

Sir Brendan has been Chair of Acas since 2014. Most of his career was spent in the Trades Union Congress (TUC), serving as the General Secretary from 2003. Sir Brendan will provide an insight into his thinking around the landscape of Employment Relations and what the future holds for the world of work.

Daniel Barnett – Top Problems faced by Employers

Daniel is a leading employment and commercial barrister with over 20 years' experience representing business. Daniel is the first port of call for much of the national media when seeking comment on legal issues. He has co-presented the weekly legal hour on LBC radio since 2010, and is regularly quoted in the national broadsheets and comments for the major news broadcasters. Daniel’s session is packed with anecdotes from his practice, containing real information on seven areas where employers get things wrong.

Judge Barry Clarke - The future of the Employment Tribunal Service

Barry Clarke is the Regional Employment Judge for Wales and a Deputy Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee. As well as deciding cases involving workplace disputes about pay, whistleblowing, dismissal, discrimination and trade union recognition, he leads a team of 16 judges and 43 non-legal members. In addition, he is the lead judge responsible for the training of all judges and members of the Employment Tribunal in England and Wales.

Prior to becoming a judge, Barry was a solicitor in private practice and a partner in a national law firm. He has also been an ACAS arbitrator, a trustee of a law centre, a member of the statutory Wales committee for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, and (between 2006 and 2008) the national chairman of the Employment Lawyers’ Association. He has edited a book entitled “Challenging Racism”. Judge Clarke will discuss the Employment Tribunal Service in a post-fees world.

Dr Lydia Hayes – Modern Working Practices

Dr Hayes is a Lecturer in Law at the school of Law and Politics at Cardiff University, Executive Board member of the Institute of Employment Rights and author of ‘Stories of Care: A Labour of Law’. The book uncovers the interactions of law and labour that shape paid care work. Based on the experiences of homecare workers, this highly topical text unpicks doctrinal assumptions about class and gender to interrogate contemporary labour law. Dr Hayes will discuss the findings of her research and look at what the future holds.

Ruth Coombs - Pregnancy and maternity discrimination

As the Head of the EHRC in Wales, Ruth is responsible for the strategic coordination and collaboration of the different strands of the Commissions work in Wales to maximise impact. This includes monitoring and regulation of public sector statutory duties with regard to equalities and human rights, and that due regard is paid to international treaties as they apply in Wales. Ruth has over 12 years’ experience in bringing third sector expertise and patient experience to the development of health and social care policy and legislation in Wales, and mental health research. Prior to this she worked in the education sector for 15 years. She has also spent time on sabbatical in Zambia, supporting a women’s association to strengthen their monitoring and evaluation. Ruth will discuss EHRC's recent research into pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

Jane McNeill QC - Employment Law Update

Jane McNeill QC is a member and former Head of Old Square Chambers, a leading employment set of chambers. She has been involved in many important and test cases in the fields of employment and discrimination law, including the part-time workers' pensions (Preston) litigation, the test cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the calculation of holiday pay (Williams v BA) and the equal pay litigation.

She has recently acted for individuals, groups of individuals and NHS Trusts in cases at first instance and appellate level involving whistleblowing and the interpretation and implementation of disciplinary processes and procedures.

She has been a Queen's Counsel since 2002, a fee-paid Employment Judge since 2000 and has sat as a Recorder in the County Court since 2006. She is an accredited and practising mediator.

Venue Cardiff: St Davids Hotel   Map (opens in new window)   Date 02/02/2018    Time 10:00 - 16:00   
Price £170.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
To book now

* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.