Working with the family and negotiated severances seminar

Date: 27 February 2013

Bird & Bird is hosting a seminar focusing on family friendly employment rights and handling difficult severance negotiations on Wednesday 27 February 2013 from 16.00.

The Government is intent on streamlining employment law; believing it will be better for business to reduce legal regulation perceived to burden employers. Consequently, there is much change anticipated. However, amidst all this uncertainty, it does appear that rights for working parents will remain sacrosanct and employee severance agreements will be as prevalent as ever.

There is no doubt that the law now offers greater protection to employees with families than ever before, but managing these rights can be arduous, involving a matrix of complicated legislation, evolving jurisprudence and heightened individual emotion. This is an area employers are increasingly having to understand. 

Employee severances occur with alarming frequency, yet remain one of the most challenging and stressful situations an HR professional will encounter. Often a combination of strong personalities, inflated expectations, large remuneration packages and the possibilty for adverse publicity will combine to create a potentially explosive situation, with significant risk for an organisation. It is therefore vital that employers understand the dynamics at play.
This seminar aims to equip you with the knowhow required to handle these key issues with confidence.

If you're interested in attending this event or for further information, please contact the Events Team at or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000.


15.30 - 16.00
Registration and refreshments

16.00 - 16.10
Welcome and introduction
Ian Hunter, Partner, Bird & Bird

16.10 - 16.40
Working with the family
Emily Bell, Associate, Bird & Bird
We examine the key rights for parents in the workplace and the obligations on their employers, considering recent developments and looking ahead to what the future holds.

16.40 - 17.10
Negotiated severances
With reference to real examples, this workshop will focus on tactical considerations and key terms when negotiating difficult severances.
Ian Hunter, Partner, Bird & Bird
James Froud, Associate, Bird & Bird

17.10 - 17.30
Question and answer session

17.30 - 19.30
Drinks and canapés

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