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Posted 23/02/2018


The county’s branch of professional HR management body CIPD has joined forces with leading law firm Willans LLP to share advice with Gloucestershire businesses at a series of local events.

The series kicked off with a mock employment tribunal at Cheltenham’s Pavilion on Wednesday 21 February, which was attended by over 100 local employment professionals, students and HR advisers. It gave them the experience of a life-like hearing considering a case of constructive dismissal and sex discrimination. Delegates were provided with a trial bundle ahead of the event, were able to ask questions to the barristers and panel (made up of Willans solicitors and Guildhall Chambers), and got to delve into the real issues involved in challenging and defending a case before a tribunal.

The next event will be a seminar to update local employers and HR professionals on the latest developments in employment law. The ‘CIPD and Willans’ employment law update’ half-day workshop will be held at Stonehouse Court Hotel in Stroud on 19 April. Lawyers from Willans will provide a refresher of the latest legal changes and developments in case law, and there will be an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.
Chris Hickey, Chair of Gloucestershire CIPD, said “The CIPD offer our members over 30 training and development events each year in Gloucestershire. It is very important to us that they are of the highest standard and reflect best practice. We are particularly pleased to be working with Willans as they are one of the leading legal practices in the county and the contribution they make to our programme is invaluable.”
Matthew Clayton, partner and head of the employment law team at Willans, said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with the CIPD to host these events. By pooling our knowledge and expertise we can help to arm local businesses with awareness of their obligations and invaluable insights into the inner workings of employment law.”

Matthew and his team are holding two further seminars later on this year, designed to arm professionals with knowledge of best practice, an awareness of the pitfalls that modern employers face, and unique insights into the ever-changing landscape of UK employment law. Upcoming topics include settlement agreements and the law surrounding recruitment Early bird discounts are available. For more information, visit

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