Please have a look at our brilliant Oxford Conference. We believe that our line up of speakers and topics this year mean that demand will be high and we would encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.

The Oxford Conference starts at 2pm on 19 September and finishes at 11.30am on 21 September 2014.

We are thrilled that both the President of Employment Tribunals in England and Wales and the President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal have agreed to come and speak to us.

In addition we have a host of leading speakers addressing cutting edge legal topics from zero hours contracts to collective consultation and how to escape Tribunal fees.


Brian Doyle, the new President of Employment Tribunals in England and Wales will open the conference on the subject of "Employment Tribunals 50 years on – where are we now and where to next?" on Friday afternoon at 2pm.

His talk will be followed by Old Square barrister Rebecca Tuck who will help us to “Escape the Tribunals!” and address all the strategies in order to bring employment claims outside of Employment Tribunals.

On Friday we have our drinks reception in Blackwells, followed by supper and the chance to mix with colleagues in the evening precede the stellar Saturday morning line up of Mr Justice Brian Langstaff, President of the EAT giving the keynote talk on Saturday morning on "Overconfidence in The Implied Term? Court Out....." He will ask whether the implied term of mutual trust and confidence is over used in employment litigation.

He will be followed by Professor Tonia Novitz and John Hendy QC and John will address "Collective Aspects of Labour Law in the UK"and Tonia will cover "Collective Dimensions of EU Law"


Our afternoon breakout options include (1) James Cox from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Arpita Dutt from Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP on "Data Protection and Subject Access Requests - the search for the smoking gun" (2) A session from Jo Lyon, Managing Director of Talking Talent and Anna Beale, a Barrister at Cloisters on "Bringing up baby: the benefits for employers and employees" and (3) a session by Matrix Barristers Aileen McColgan and James Laddie QC on "Contract matters: incorporation, breach and relief"

The late afternoon offers an opportunity to explore Oxford or use the sports’ facilities of the College.


We then have our brilliant evening dinner with drinks and we are thrilled that the BBC Legal Correspondent Clive Coleman has agreed to speak after dinner. Clive is a Barrister and has published on evidence, contract, contributed to Spitting Image, Alas Smith & Jones, Dead Ringers as well as writing the hit series of Chambers. Clive won the Bar Council’s Legal Broadcasting Award in 2009 for Law in Action and has written for The Times, The Guardian and the Independent.


The conference will be closed on Sunday morning by a debate on Zero hours contracts: An "epidemic of insecurity" or "a positive experience.... providing flexibility" with David Widdowson from Abbiss Cadres speaking from the Employer’s perspective Hannah Reeed the TUC’s Senior Employment Rights Lawyer speaking against. 

We do hope that you can join us. The conference including from Friday evening to Sunday morning breakfast, lunch and dinner, two nights’ accommodation in ensuite rooms offers unbeatable value at £395 for members; £235 for full-time student members (which applies to trainee solicitors and pupil barristers as well) and £450 for non-members.

The Society is also offering up to twenty subsidised places at the conference to members who are either full-time academics (at Senior Lecturer/Reader level or below) or employed full-time in the voluntary sector.  The fee for these members will be £295.  If you wish to apply for a subsidised place please request a Questionnaire Form from jean@industriallawsociety.org.uk as soon as possible.  Applicants will be notified at the end of August whether or not they have been successful.  The Committee’s decision will be final.

IMPORTANT: All parking spaces at St Catherine's have now been allocated.  Unless you have previously booked a car parking space you should NOT bring your car to St Catherine’s. The nearest pay & display car-park is located off the plain in Oxford, near Magdalen Bridge at the bottom of High Street.

If you require a car parking space due to disability reasons please contact me by return so that suitable arrangements can be made on your behalf.

The cost of the conference is £395 for members; £235 for full-time student members and £450 for non-members. Please note that we can only take on-line payments made using visa/debit cards and cannot accept any credit card payments.  

If you wish to pay by cheque please complete and return booking form to the Society's co-ordinator, Jean Hughes, at 18 Graysmead, Sible Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3NY.  Cheques should be made payable to Industrial Law Society.

Start Date: 19 Sep 2014