Annual Employment Update

25 September 2019


Bird & Bird
12 New Fetter Lane
London EC4A 1JP

The pace of change in employment law has been as fast as ever this year. One year on, GDPR continues to trouble HR teams, and the compliance challenge is about to get even greater with changes to IR35 rules on taxation of independent contractors, due to come into force in early 2020. Developments in case law on restrictive covenants, and a continued focus on equality and diversity at work are also adding to the workload of HR and legal teams.

Join our London Employment Team for an overview of some of the key developments and trends in the employment law world, as well as their thoughts on some of the upcoming changes for the year ahead.

The event will close with sundowners on our eleventh floor terrace, weather permitting.

We hope you can join us!


The programme


16:00 - 16:30

Registration and refreshments

16:30 - 16:35

Welcome and introduction

Elizabeth Lang, Partner, Employment

16:35 - 16:55

IR35 - getting ready for April 2020

A run-through of upcoming changes to tax rules which will fundamentally alter the way in which companies engage with independent contractors. We will also discuss how businesses can prepare themselves for the changes and manage risk going forward.

Alison Dixon, Partner, Employment and Zoe Feller, Partner, Tax

 16:55 - 17:15

Business Protection 

The outlook for restrictive covenants in employee competition cases.

Tim Spillane, Partner, Employment

(Tim is joining Bird & Bird as a partner from Stewarts, a specialist litigation firm, where he has been a partner in its employment team since 2010.)

17:15 - 17:35

GDPR and beyond: Key data protection lessons from the HR sphere

12 months from the GDPR's entry into force, we look at some key lessons and trends for employment lawyers and HR practitioners alike; covering practical approaches to DSARs, the spectre of group litigation and vicarious liability, how to justify background checks and insight into the ICO's approach to enforcement in practice.

Stephanie Creed, Associate, Employment and Sam Rayner, Associate, Employment

 17:35 - 18:00

On the Horizon

A discussion of global trends and a look to the future in the employment law sphere, including a Q&A session.

 18:00 - 19:30  Networking drinks and canapés

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