The Society is delighted to announce details of this year’s Annual Oxford Conference which, in a change in format, will start at 10.30am on Friday 15 September and finish at 4pm on Saturday 16 September 2017 at St Catherine's College Oxford and which offers over 9CPD hours. Click here for full Conference Programme.

The conference will be opened on Friday morning by Maria Exall, Financial Secretary of the Greater London Combined Branch of the Communication Workers Union and a member of the TUC General Council on Delivering for equality and justice at work after Brexit. Her talk will be followed by a joint plenary session on Theft of Confidential Information by Employees which will be addressed by Meriel Schindler, Head of Employment,  Withersworldwide LLP and Stuart Ritchie, QC of Fountain Court Chambers.

After lunch we will be holding ‘bite-size breakout sessions’ to allow a snap shot into an area or topic of interest or concern to all involved in industrial relations. Any discussion arising from these short sessions can be pursued over lively lunches or over drinks before dinner. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend two of the said sessions; 50 years since decriminalisation of male gay sex; Grievances do more harm than good - what are the alternatives?; Updated Data Protection Requirements and a session considering mental health issues in the workplace. These break-out sessions are being addressed by Andrew Allen, Outer Temple Chambers; Camilla Palmer, CEO, YESS; Simon Cheetham, Old Square Chambers and Meriel Schindler, Withersworldwide and Stuart Ritchie QC, Fountain Court.

To draw sessions to a close on Friday, Martin Fodder and Jeremy Lewis, Littleton Chambers and Jack Mitchell, Old Square Chambers will be addressing a session on Whistleblowing after Beatt, Day, Jhuti and Chesterton - all clear now?

In a break with tradition we will be holding the drinks reception, banqueting dinner and the D.I.S.C.O on Friday evening. We are thrilled to announce that our dinner speaker is Mathew Taylor Chief Executive, RSA, author of the much publicised review on modern employment practices.

Saturday begins with Alan Bogg, Professor of Labour Law, Hertford College, University of Oxford and David Reade QC, Littleton Chambers speaking on Judges and the role of fundamental rights in collective labour law

They will be followed by Dinah Rose QC, Blackstone Chambers and Professor Michael Ford QC of Old Square Chambers and Bristol University on The ET Fees challenge and its implications.  Shantha David, Legal Officer UNISON will Chair this session.

The conference will be closed by a Panel debate session on Manifestation of Faith in the Workplace with Lucy Vickers, Professor of Law, Oxford Brookes University; Schona Jolly QC, Cloisters and Deshpal Panesar, Old Square Chambers who will Chair the debate.

The early afternoon finish time on both days offers an opportunity for attendees to explore Oxford or use the sports’ facilities of the College.

We do hope that you can join us. The cost of the conference includes one night's accommodation on Friday evening in en-suite rooms and meals from lunch on Friday through to lunch on Saturday and offers unbeatable value as detailed below

Please note that if you are paying online you should fill out booking form online before proceeding to shopping cart (click here)

£250 Student/unwaged

Non-Members: £450

To take out Individual membership and to attend the conference: £425

IMPORTANT NOTES: Please note unless you have previously booked a car parking space you should not bring your car to St Catherine’s as all other car parking spaces have now been allocated. The nearest pay & display car-park is located off the plain in Oxford, near Magdalen Bridge at the bottom of High Street.

Also, in order to decrease our carbon footprint and recognising that many delegates now prefer to view handouts electronically we will not be providing a hard copy pack of conference papers this year. Delegates will be sent all documents electronically in advance of the conference. Delegates who wish to receive a hard copy pack of documents on their arrival may, however, specify this at that point of booking (£10 additional fee). If you should require any adjustments to these arrangements for the conference papers because of a disability, or indeed any reasonable adjustments to any of the conference arrangements, please let Jean Hughes know at the point of booking.

The Society is able to offer up to twelve subsidised places at the conference of £100 (so £250 will be payable) to members who are either full-time academics (at Senior Lecturer/Reader level or below), employed full time in the voluntary sector and for the first time to those junior practitioners with three years or less in their field of employment. If you wish to apply for a subsidised place please request a questionnaire form from jean@industriallawsociety.org.uk as soon as possible.

If you do not wish to pay online by clicking links above you may download Booking Form and send cheque(s), which should be made payable to Industrial Law Society, to Jean Hughes at 18 Graysmead, Sible Hedingham, Essex, C09 3NY.

We do hope to see you at what we have no doubt is going to be a truly excellent conference this September.

Start Date: 15 Sep 2017