Tuesday 16th July 2019: Workplace Investigations Seminar

Registration: 08:30
Seminar: 09:00 – 11:15, Slater and Gordon, Birmingham

Come along to WMELG’s Summer seminar to get some pointers on conducting investigations. There are numerous scenarios in which, as lawyers, HR representatives, trade union reps, employees and employers, we might become involved in a company investigation, whether that be regarding disciplinary matters, grievance issues, or whistleblowing complaints.

In this offering from WMELG, we hope to provide some insider advice, from both a barrister’s perspective and also an expert investigator.  Both will provide you with understanding, as well as guidance, as to the do’s and don’ts of investigations.

08:30 – 09:00   
Registration and breakfast
09:00 – 10:00   Workplace Investigations Talk by Naomi Owen
10:00 – 10:15     Refreshment Break
10:15 – 11:15       Talk by David Kearns – Managing Director of the Expert                                            Investigations Group

Register here

Seminar: Free of charge

Thursday 9th May 2019: Redundancy Seminar and Curry Night

Seminar: 17:30 – 18:30, No5 Barristers’ Chambers, Birmingham
Curry Night: 19:00 onwards, Viceroy Tandoori, Birmingham

Redundancy and curry night – an unusual but satisfying combination! WMELG are looking to combine a practical learning experience, with an opportunity to meet, relax and chat with fellow employment law enthusiasts over some wonderful food at Viceroy Tandoori.

Redundancy is an area that often comes up in practice and can be more complicated than it first appears.  Join us for an evening of insight, fun and connections.

During registration you will have the choice to register to attend the seminar, the curry evening, or both.

SPEAKER – Naomi Owen

Naomi appears for both claimants and respondents in the ET and EAT at all stages of proceedings, from preliminary hearings covering a wide range of interlocutory issues through to final hearing and appeal.  She has a substantial discrimination practice, as well as appearing in cases concerning ordinary/automatic unfair dismissal, TUPE Regulations, unlawful deduction of wages, redundancy and whistleblowing.

Register here

Seminar: Free of charge
Curry Night: £20pp

Friday 15th February 2019: Employment Law in a Regulatory Arena Seminar

09:30 – 11:45, Slater & Gordon, Birmingham

Come along to learn more about when the regulatory and employment worlds combine and overlap, with particular regard to the two spheres of the health sector and the education sector.  This seminar will provide an interactive and informative overview of these two areas, hosted by two No5 Regulatory specialists in health and education.


Registration: 09:00 – 09:30
Introductory talk: 09:30 – 10:00
Refreshment break: 10:00 – 10:15
Workshop: 10:15 – 11:45

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This event is free of charge

Wednesday 12th December: Religious Discrimination Seminar

13:30 – 15:30, University of Wolverhampton

City Campus Molineux (North), University of Wolverhampton, MU Building, Molineux Street, WV1 1SA (See map here)

WMELG are delighted to announce that it will be working with the University of Wolverhampton to host an event on Religious Discrimination. The fascinating topic area of religious discrimination will be explained by expert in the field, Nabila Mallick, who has dealt with first hand cases of Jewish, Muslim and Hindu Claimants.  How to handle cases of religious discrimination will be explored by Nabila in an entertaining and thought provoking workshop.


13:30 – 14:00 Registration
14:00 – 14:30 Religious discrimination – the basics and beyond
14:30 – 15:30 Religious discrimination workshop


Nabila Mallick

Nabila is public access accredited and is instructed directly by legal departments of companies. She has gained extensive experience of representing Claimants and Respondents at the Employment Tribunal. She has particular interest in Religious Discrimination, and has dealt with claims of Jewish, Muslim and Hindu Claimants.

Register here

This event is free of charge.

Thursday 27th September, Curry Night

18:00 – Viceroy Tandoori, Jewellery Quarter

The West Midlands Employment Law Group invite you to join them at Viceroy Tandoori for an evening of networking and to share some great food!

A variety of dishes will be available on the evening, please let us know of any dietary requirements when booking.

Please click here to register.

£5+VAT* per person. Cost covers a variety of food dishes and your first drink.

*Booking is bound by our terms and conditions.

Thursday 19th July 2018, Getting to Know Equal Pay Morning: No longer be Afraid!

08:45 – 13:00, Browne Jacobson, Birmingham

The very mention of equal pay can send shivers down the spine of the most seasoned employment specialists.  With the introduction of gender pay gap reporting and media gaze fully on the disparity of pay between men and women, all involved in employment law need to acquire an understanding behind equal pay claims.  This seminar is aimed to provide HR advisors, employee representatives, solicitors, and anyone with an interest in employment and equality with a basic understanding of how equal pay works sufficiently, to arm them with the basic tools to advise and address equal pay issues.


08:45 – 09:15 Registration and pastries

09:15 – 10:00 Key Concepts (Part 1), presented by Anthony Korn

10:00 – 10:45 Key Concepts (Part 2), presented by Naomi Owen

10:45 – 11:00 Refreshment Break

11:00 – 11:45 Top tips on handling Equal Pay claims and the overlap with Gender Pay Gap Reporting, presented by Mugni Islam-Choudhury

11:45 – 13:00 Equal Pay Workshop, presented by Helen Barney

13:00 onwards Nibbles and networking

Register here

This event is free of charge.

Friday 8th December 2017, Weinstein, Parliament and Beyond – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

09:00 – 14:00 Hotel du Vin, Birmingham
Register here

Following the recent Harvey Weinstein allegations and the #MeToo campaign, sexual harassment is clearly a problem in the workplace. In the current heightened climate of sexual harassment cases being brought to the fore, come and receive an update as to the legal employment position in this area. Three specialist employment barristers will provide their perspectives in this area with a combination of lectures and workshops, where attendees will be able to apply their acquired knowledge.


09:00 Registration

09:30 – 10:15 Update on Sexual Harassment
Presented by: Tom Perry

10:15 – 10:30 Short break

10:30 – 12:30 Sexual Harassment Workshop
Presented by: Jack Feeny & Jessica Smeaton

12:30 Lunch & networking

Register here

This event is free of charge.

WMELG Mock Junior Trial

Come and experience first-hand a day in the life of an employment barrister.  Three specialist Employment Law barristers will act as counsel and employment judge in an unfair dismissal case, performed unscripted and in real time. 

This will provide trainees and students with a fly on the wall view of a day in the Employment Tribunal, with an opportunity to ask questions of experts in their field, and even try their hand at cross-examination if they dare!

Register here

This event is free of charge.

Thursday 13th July, Curry Night

19.00-Viceroy Tandoori, Jewellery Quarter

Join us for an evening of networking and great food!

The first social event hosted by WMELG at Viceroy Tandoori in the Jewellery Quarter.

There will be a sharing menu provided on the evening, and we ask that guests who attend leave a  TripAdvisor review of Viceroy Tandoori after the evening.


Please click here to register.

This event is £20 per person ( to be paid on the evening ). Drinks are not included in this price.

Friday 30th June, Networking Breakfast

08:30 – 10:30
Shoosmiths, Birmingham

Join us for a Networking Breakfast followed by a talk from ACAS, and an Employment Workshop delivered by No5 Barristers’ Chambers.

Presented by experts in the field of Employment this interactive forum is a fantastic opportunity to learn, share ideas and network.

PROGRAMME – download flyer here

08.30 – 09.00 Networking Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast whilst networking with fellow WMELG members.

09.00 – 09.30 Age Management Post-Brexit
Malcolm Boswell – ACAS
Talk addressing the need for a mature approach to age management in the workplace post Brexit.

09.30 – 10.30 Employment Workshop
Helen Barney & Anthony Korn – No5 Barristers’ Chambers
Practical workshop tackling issues of service provision change and changes to employees’ terms and conditions of employment post transfer.

Please click here to book.

This event is free of charge.

Networking Breakfast 30th June

17th March 2017 – 09.30 – 14.30

The West Midlands Employment Law Group Launch event.

This event will take place at Hotel du Vin, 25 Church Street, Birmingham.

A free and interactive meeting to launch this forum. The aim is to gather input and suggestions from all members to build a programme of training, networking and idea sharing to build a productive project that will have an impact for the positive across the midlands.

09.00-09.30 Registration & Refreshments

09.30-09.45 Introduction
David McBride – Slater & Gordon & Helen Barney – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 

 09.45-10.30 Gross Misconduct:
Practical Points for both the Claimant & Respondent
Naomi Owen – No5 Barristers’ Chambers

 10.30-11.15 Witnesses:
Engaging with them early on, statement and bundles
Alex Mellis – No5 Barristers’ Chambers

Refreshment Break

 11.30-13.00 Workshop on Discrimination
An interactive working session to explore the possible discrimination claims and implications arising in a gladiatorial case scenario. Areas explored will include direct & indirect discrimination, harassment, and whistleblowing.
Mugni Islam-Choudhury, Naomi Owen & Alex Mellis – No5 Barristers’ Chambers

Lunch & Drinks – St Patrick’s Day themed lunch and networking in Pub du Vin

Who can attend? Open to anyone who works in (either fully or partially) or has an interest in Employment Law.

  • Legal Professionals
  • Solicitors
  • HR Managers
  • HR Staff
  • Unions
  • CEO’s and Directors of businesses
  • Lecturers and Students
  • Anyone who has an interest in employment law