Five Cloisters’ Silks join 22 QC panel on ‘Hot Issues in Employment Law for 2015-2016’ Conference


Five Cloisters’ Silks are on the panel of 22 leading Queen’s Counsel at the 22 Silk – Hot issues in Employment Law 2015-2016 conference devised and chaired by Michael Rubenstein.

Robin Allen QC,  Daphne Romney QC,  Jason Galbraith-Marten QCCaspar Glyn QC and Rachel Crasnow QC will be part of the expert panel who will update delegates on the latest key issues in employment law that are likely to be of concern in 2015-16.

Date: Thursday 1 and Friday 2 October 2015

Venue: Strand Palace Hotel, London, WC2R 0JJ

Robin will open the conference on Thursday 1 October  with a session on human rights and employment law. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union has been increasingly applied to employment law issues both by UK courts and the CJEU. It formed the basis of the Court of Appeal’s decision in Benkharbouche v Embassy of the Republic of Sudan. Guidance on applying the non-discrimination provisions of Article 14 of the European Convention came from the ECtHR in Boyraz v Turkey and in Ciorcan v Romania.

Jason’s session on Thursday will cover TUPE developments. Recent decisions such as Rynda (UK) v Rhijnsburger and Ottimo Property Services v Duncan have explored the ingredients for when there is a service provision change. The European Commission is currently consulting on consolidating the Transfer of Undertakings, Collective Redundancies, and Information and Consultation Directives. What difference would this make to our own law?

Rachel’s morning session on Friday 2 October Shared Parental Leave: the new regime will look at  The Children and Families Act 2014 which has created a new employment right to shared parental leave and pay. It also extended the right to time off for ante-natal care to partners of pregnant women, and changed the right to request flexible working. How will these new provisions work.

Daphne’s session on Friday before lunch will cover Disability discrimination: recent case law. What are the implications of the decision of the CJEU in the Kaltoft case on disability and obesity? How about the EAT’s decision in Metroline Travel v Stoute that a claimant with type 2 diabetes was not disabled? In Griffiths v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Court of Appeal considered the meaning of “substantial disadvantage” for reasonable adjustment purposes. Guidance on when knowledge of disability will be imputed to the employer came from the EAT in Donelien v Liberata UK.

Finally Caspar will close the conference on Friday with Current working time issues. The right to paid annual leave under the Working Time Regulations has continued to generate important case law over the past year. The EAT dealt with holiday pay and overtime and with retrospectivity issues in Bear Scotland v FultonThe Sash Window Workshop v King expanded the circumstances in which leave may be carried over. What must be included in holiday pay is being litigated in Lock v British Gas Trading (No.2).

This two day conference will be of interest to all those advising on employment law issues. It is accredited 11 CPD points.

For booking details click here .

For every booking made for this conference,  £25 will be donated to the Jeremy McMullen Memorial Fund, set up to honour the late HHJ McMullen QC, a former speaker at this conference, which will promote access to the bar for women. 

For more information, contact
Michael Rubenstein Publishing Ltd
T: 0844 800 1863