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We are delighted to announce the programme for the 2013 Annual Conference of the ILS at St Catherine’s College Oxford from Friday 20 September-Sunday 22 September 2013. We continue to offer a unique mix of different perspectives on cutting edge legal topics from Judges, lawyers, academics and those from all sides of industry including HR professionals and Trades Unionists.

The conference has two loosely linked sessions dealing with the new Tribunal rules and regulation on Friday and employment status and its consequences on Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon is devoted to our workshops before the panel session on Sunday on Whistleblowing. 

We would encourage you to book quickly as we are sure that this Conference will sell out quickly.

David Latham, President of Employment Tribunals, England and Wales, will open the conference speaking on the new Employment rules and costs. Professor Gillian Morris will follow his practical talk with a lecture on “W[h]ither employment protection now?”.

Saturday morning will be opened by Professor Sonia McKay speaking on her research as to "Undocumented migrants, status and employment" and followed by the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Patrick Elias on “Employment Status”.

Our workshops involve 

(i) Collective consultation dealing with cases that are being decided as we go to press and with the changes being brought in presented by two leading lawyers from opposite sides of industry: Richard Arthur, the National Coordinator for Thompson’s Trade Union practice and Fiona Hobbs, Head of HR and Legal Membership Services at the Employers’ Organisation EEF;

(ii) Domestic Disability Discrimination and its intersection with the UN Convention presented by Cathy Casserley a leading barrister in the field and Anna Lawson from the Centre of Disability Studies at the University of Leeds.

(iii) Daniel Oudkerk QC of Tullet Prebon fame speaking on Fiduciaries, Fidelity and Good Faith

 HH Judge Jeremy McMullen QC: Senior Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Deputy High Court Judge and Vice-President of the Society will give the dinner speech on Saturday Evening. Jeremy is also Bencher of the Middle Temple, Visiting Prof, Middlesex University. ILS Chair 1989-93, Board member of the ILJ. Former GMB officer. Formerly Chair Employment Law Bar Association, Society of Labour Lawyers Employment Group and ILO Joint Panel, and part-time Employment Tribunal Chairman.

The conference will be closed on Sunday morning by a debate on Whistleblowing by Alex Lock who was the advocate for Sodexho in Parkins, Cathy James from Public Concern at Work and Professor David Lewis giving an academic perspective.

Please click here to view the full programme.

The conference is held at St Catherine’s college in Oxford and includes ensuite room, full board and two drinks receptions as well as the legendary ILS Saturday evening disco. 

The cost of the conference is £385 for members; £446 for non-members; and £230 for full-time student members. Please note that we can only take on-line payments made using visa/debit cards and cannot accept any credit card payments.  



Start Date: 20 Sep 2013