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Eversheds Sutherland training and events

Eversheds Sutherland provide thought-leading briefings and conferences, as well as core courses, to help practitioners develop their understanding of law and regulation in the workplace. We work with independent experts and government agencies to help organisations understand new legal requirements prior to implementation dates. We also aim to help delegates with their own personal professional development and to encourage better practice.

In addition, we provide a wide selection of free breakfast briefings, events and webinars. 

Upcoming events, webinars and training

  • Addiction and work - disciplinary or health issues (with Alcohol Concern)

    Addiction is not new but there is now much greater awareness of its impact in the workplace and a recognition that the workplace may contribute to, for example, substance abuse. Half of UK adults drink too much. Ten per cent of adults have used illicit drugs in the past year, including 'smart drugs'. While most of us like a flutter, there are around half a million compulsive gamblers in the UK. The odds are that most HR professionals will deal with the consequences of addictive behaviour.
  • Adjustments - What is reasonable?

    When a disabled job applicant or employee is ‘substantially’ disadvantaged, the employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments. The difficulty is that what is ‘reasonable’ depends upon the circumstances of each case, and upon the size and resources of the employer. In addition, line-managers are frequently asked to consider a range of individual requests for flexibility which may appear to amount to ‘special treatment’.
  • Advanced employee investigation interview skills and tactics

    In recognition of the rising expectations judges have of an employer's investigation process and documentation, and the ever increasing complexity of some employee investigations, more and more organisations are recognising that the conduct of investigations is a specialist role, and developing in-house teams of dedicated management investigators.
  • Are Your Student Contracts and Collaborative Arrangements Compliant with Consumer Law?

    The consumer law framework in the UK has undergone major reform which directly affects further and higher education providers and the “student contract”. This legislative reform has come at the same time as scrutiny by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) of higher education providers’ compliance with consumer law as it applies to the student contract.
  • Austrian employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Although there are similarities, it is dangerous to consider the German and Austrian employment law systems to be one and the same. Austrian law is distinct in many ways, most importantly in relation to probationary periods, the termination of employment contracts and severance. There are also sufficient differences in contract law to make the use of one model employment contract, for German and Austrian employees, a potentially expensive error for employers.
  • Avoiding victimisation - infamy, infamy...

    This Avoiding victimisation briefing will cover: - what victimisation is and is not - detriments that amount to victimisation - getting over a disagreement: rebuilding trust - 'baseless grievances’: serious implications of incorrect handling - case examples and significant penalties
  • Belgian employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    An employer found guilty of discrimination by a Belgian court can face a sentence of up to one year in prison. There is no concept of redundancy in Belgium and no concept of unfair dismissal either.
  • Business immigration update - UK visa sponsorship and licence management

    This Business immigration update - UK visa sponsorship and licence management training course is relevant to HR and recruitment professionals from Tier 2 and 5 sponsors (including potential sponsors) who use the sponsor management system or have responsibility for a sponsor licence. Knowledge of the points-based system is assumed.
  • Central and Eastern European HR: employment law in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia

    The Central and Eastern European ("CEE") countries have distinctive employment law frameworks which an increasing number of HR practitioners and in-house lawyers must come to terms with.
  • Compliance with Tier 2 Sponsor Obligations - seminar update for education institutions

    Education providers who employ or who wish to employ and sponsor migrant workers need to be Tier 2 sponsor licence holders.
  • Compliance with Tier 4 Sponsor Obligations seminar – update for education institutions

    The Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance states that the ability to sponsor students to study in the UK is a privilege that must be earned. Education providers who teach or wish to teach and sponsor international students need to be Tier 4 sponsor licence holders.
  • Contracting risks for education sector clients

    All educational institutions will enter into a myriad of contractual relationships in the course of running their organisation. And with the internationalisation of the sector those relationships are becoming increasingly complex.
  • Current developments in employment law - beyond compliance

    Who would have thought that one of the most newsworthy employment cases in 2016 would concern an agency worker at a supplier of a company that puts diversity at its core. The wearing (or not) of high heel shoes led to immediate national and international news coverage. This case did not go to tribunal but was judged very quickly in the court of public opinion.
  • Developing effective IP policies

    This seminar is aimed at executives, in-house legal counsel and other with IP/contract responsibility within universities and other educational institutions and organisations.
  • Digital FS and Fintech seminar

    We are pleased to welcome you to join us at our first digital financial services seminar of the year on 29 March 2017 in London. The session will focus on M&A in the Digital Financial Services and FinTech sector and will consider some of the key drivers for M&A, lessons learned in closing a transaction successfully and some of the headline issues to watch out for on due diligence.
  • Dismissing fairly and effectively

    This seminar is aimed at managers, HR practitioners, and anyone else concerned with responsibility for staffing matters in higher and further education institutions, academies and schools.
  • Driving for work - policies, investigation and the law

    Driving for work is the most common risk in workplace health and safety, resulting in over a hundred serious injuries per week*.
  • Dutch employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    It is commonly believed that it is difficult and expensive to terminate an employment contract in the Netherlands. Employee rights are well protected under Dutch law, especially in dismissal cases, but employers are able to swiftly adjust staff levels in their company to changes, for example a fluctuation in workload. A wide variety of options are available for employers to hire people in a flexible manner provided that the rules are used properly.
  • Education health and safety seminar

    Against the backdrop of the now well established fees for intervention and more recently, significant increases in fines for health and safety offences, we will look at some of the key risks faced in the education sector.
  • Effective management of risky issues

    Running an institution gets ever more challenging and complex. Whether it is health and safety regulation, or data protection law.
  • Einführung ins Arbeitsrecht – UK

    Das Arbeitsrecht im Vereinigten Königreich gilt als weniger reguliert als das kontinentaleuropäische Arbeitsrecht, da das Verfahren oft wichtiger ist als die materielle Rechtsfrage und informelle Gespräche rechtskonforme Prozesse untergraben können.
  • Employee investigations training

    Employment tribunals expect employers to show that they have undertaken a fair and thorough investigation of complaints. This investigation can be time-consuming and complicated. However, if carried out early and correctly, an investigation should contain a problem and minimise distraction from the business.
  • Employee relations - working effectively with your union and employee representatives

    A decline in industrial action and a trend within HR functions toward specialism, means that many senior managers lack experience of working with unions and employee representatives.
  • Employees and mental health - responsibility and adjustment (with OH Assist)

    At any time, 1 in 6 of the working population will have a mental health disorder, most commonly anxiety or depression, and a further 1 in 6 will have symptoms of mental ill-health, including substance dependence*. Many of these people will recover from their illness.
  • Essential employment law for HR professionals

    HR professionals and managers need to understand the legal framework that underpins the employment relationship.
  • Essential immigration law training for employers - law and practice

    This course covers the UK immigration system in the context of employment. We consider the employee life cycle for migrants, highlighting areas of law that apply, competing risks and penalties.
  • Essentials of Auto-enrolment - employer and employee responsibilities (with The Pensions Regulator)

    Auto-enrolment has led to pensions becoming a mainstream HR function and indeed HR has contributed to its success to date. Employers have ongoing responsibilities to assess the eligibility of staff, make contributions, re-enrol those who have opted-out and manage your scheme provider.
  • European HR: cross-border employment law

    Managing teams of people is challenging at the best of times. Working across European borders is even more difficult due to cultural and legal differences.
  • Eversheds Sutherland forum for female in-house lawyers

    Carrie is a networking forum open to all female in-house lawyers. Our network is named after Carrie Morrison, the first woman to be admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, in 1922. Events are free to attend.
  • Forecasting the Trump Administration's policy and the impact on London

    A thought leadership event on regulatory change and law enforcement under the Trump Administration and what that might mean for financial institutions and corporates in London and Europe. In particular, the event will explore the inherent tension between President Trump’s policy of de-regulation, London’s competitiveness as a financial market and the desire for UK/EU regulatory equivalence post-Brexit.
  • French employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Based on the Napoleonic code and amended by statute ever since, French employment law is markedly different from the UK’s.
  • Funds and asset managers seminar

    With so much happening in the financial services industry, it is more important than ever that organisations understand and keep on top of legal and regulatory changes. This morning, we will provide an insight into the latest developments facing the industry and an overview of the key issues that we have identified as being of concern to our clients.
  • German employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Germany is a major trading partner for many countries throughout the world, not to mention the most important single market in the European Union.
  • Hassle-free ICT - optimising success and reducing risk

    Procuring, outsourcing or delivering complex ICT is rarely straightforward. Issues can start early and may expand and escalate if the project, or service, under-performs, leading to disruptive and costly disputes, re-negotiations, exits and claims.
  • HR Summer School - ethical HR

    People are ‘the greatest asset’ but they also make mistakes. HR share responsibility for recruiting, developing and promoting staff and rewarding the ‘right’ behaviours. As such, they can have a defining influence on the ethical culture which prevails in their organisation, including that of suppliers.
  • HSE expectations in practice - safety concepts and triggers

    ‘Foreseeable’ risk and ‘reasonable practicability’ are crucial terms frequently referred to in health and safety legislation, case-law and compliance advice. But, clear definitions of these terms are hard to find and even harder to apply in practice.
  • Immigration law: tier 4 sponsor obligations - update for education institutions

    Education providers who sponsor international students must be Tier 4 sponsor licence holders and permission to sponsor students to study in the UK is a privilege. Tier 4 has been subject to a number of significant changes recently, including partnership arrangements, academic progression and UK Visas and Immigration enforcement action.
  • International assignments - contracts, visas and tax

    Political change, including Brexit, has had an immediate impact on business migration and immigration in terms of eligibility to work, the right to remain and currency fluctuations which influence reward. This briefing highlights the employment, immigration and tax requirements that must be considered when sending an employee to work abroad, or when bringing an employee into the UK.
  • International labour issues - global and local compliance gaps

    An employer’s share price, reputation and brand can be damaged overnight, or decades later, by a mistake or wrongdoing by an employee, contractor or supplier far away from HQ and beyond your control. International employers must assert global standards but they need local support if they are to be effective in practice.
  • Introduction to Defined Benefit pensions: running a DB scheme

    Pension scheme trustees are required to have a knowledge and understanding of: the law relating to pensions and trusts, the principles relating to scheme funding and investment.
  • Introduction to Defined Contribution pensions: running a DC scheme

    Pension scheme trustees are required by law to have a knowledge and understanding of: – the law relating to pensions and trusts – the principles relating to scheme funding and investment
  • Introduction to UAE employment law (excluding DIFC)

    Increasing numbers of HR professionals have responsibility for employees working in the Gulf and the United Arab Emirates in particular. This course provides a general overview of the federal employment law and administrative procedures in the UAE excluding Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
  • Irish employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    The Irish and UK legal systems have many similarities. However, in an employment context those similarities can be deceptive.
  • Israeli employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Israel has become a preferred regional base for many multinational companies. An increasing number of companies also have Israeli operations, either through regional expansion or through acquisition. Israeli employment law is unique and extremely dynamic, regulated by a variety of legal and contractual sources as well as an influential labour court system.
  • Italian employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Italy probably has the most complex employment law in Europe. Did you know that in Italy: there are more than 400 national collective agreements in force; four different categories of employees, all subject to specific (and different) rules and regulations; and that unfair dismissal claims can, and do, result in compulsory reinstatement and awards of more than 40 months of salary?
  • Key Tier 2 immigration sponsor obligations webinar for education institutions

    Education providers who employ or who wish to employ migrant workers need to be Tier 2 sponsor licence holders.
  • Key Tier 4 immigration sponsor obligations webinar for education institutions

    Education providers who teach or wish to teach international students need to be Tier 4 sponsor licence holders. Tier 4 has been subject to a number of important changes recently and this trend is likely to continue especially with the Government saying that it will review whether the student immigration rules should be tailored to the quality of the course and the educational institution.
  • Legal privilege in practice: what you need to know

    Legal privilege is a vital tool in any organisation’s armoury. Ensuring that privilege is created and maintained can make or break your strategy in any dispute, regulatory investigation or negotiation. In order for an organisation to benefit fully from the protection that privilege affords it is vital that key principles are understood.
  • Long Term Sickness Absence and Disability Discrimination

    Managing long term sickness absence involves a difficult balancing act between helping the employee return to work and deciding when the time has been reached when the institution can no longer put up with the absence.
  • Managing contractors and sub-contractors - safety: law and good practice

    Most medium to large organisations use contractors in some form for cleaning, catering, IT support, maintenance and security. It is not surprising therefore, that the management of contractors is the most common health and safety concern of our clients.
  • Managing difficult parents - An Eversheds seminar for schools and colleges

    It has been widely reported that parents, guardians and carers have increased expectations regarding the education and support provided by schools and colleges and are becoming increasingly demanding and willing to challenge institutions, and individual members of staff, where their expectations have not been met.
  • Managing investigations in an academic setting

    Regulatory bodies, employment tribunals and courts increasingly expect institutions to show that they have undertaken a fair and thorough investigation as part of any formal employment [or student] related procedure, whether arising from, for example, staff [or student] grievances/complaints, bullying and harassment allegations, ‘whistleblowing’ disclosures or potential misconduct.
  • Managing staff change and reorganisation - a practical guide

    In the current economic climate with the potential financial implications of Brexit for the sector, the area review process in FE and the potential impact of TEF and proposed changes to REF in HE, institutions may face the need to restructure, including the consideration of redundancies and/or changing terms and conditions of employment.
  • Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) employment law training

    Scandinavian countries have a shared history, a tradition of working together on legislative issues and a similar approach to welfare. Citizens of Nordic states can pass across each other’s borders and they understand each other’s language. But despite the similarity of legal structures and solutions, there are significant differences, to the extent that lawyers tend to specialise in one jurisdiction only.
  • Overseas Banks Legal and Compliance (OBLC) Forum

    We are pleased to invite you to our Overseas Banks Legal and Compliance (OBLC) Forum on Thursday 6 April 2017 in London. Eversheds’ OBLC Forum offers banks headquartered outside England and Wales a space to discuss legal and regulatory matters which impact their UK operations.
  • Procurement update series 2017: Authority events

    Contracting authority focused events will be available across a number of our offices:
  • Procurement update series 2017: Bidders event

    Bidders event programme
  • Procurement update series 2017: Utilities event

    Utilities event programme
  • Real Estate Training Programme

    The Eversheds Sutherland Real Estate Dispute Resolution Training Programme is a comprehensive course of training sessions aimed at the junior and mid level members of your team.
  • Responding to Allegations of Sexual Assault Affecting Students - Some key legal and practical challenges

    In this seminar we will consider how further and higher education institutions should respond to allegations of sexual assault affecting students such as where a student discloses that they have been the subject of an assault or a student is alleged to be the perpetrator of an assault.
  • Safety incident responses - inquests and court appearances (with Alder and Henderson Chambers)

    When something goes wrong, the way an organisation responds, from the moment after the incident, all the way through the court process, is watched, recorded, analysed and judged.
  • Sales agents as a route to market: benefits and pitfalls

    Businesses commonly use third party marketing and sales agents to promote or sell their products to customers as part of their sales network. They may be seen as an alternative to employees – effectively an outsourced sales force – in the belief that the formalities and responsibilities of the ‘employer’ are much reduced.
  • South African employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    The previous South African regime was characterised by denial of workers’ rights and inequality. To redress the balance, the South African Government has introduced various pieces of labour legislation which employers have had to implement.
  • Spanish employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Spanish and UK labour systems differ greatly. Spanish employment law is mainly based on the regulations contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement in force in the market sector. Sometimes a specific CBA can be negotiated for one company with the trade unions and employee representatives.
  • Strategic performance management – promoting a high performance culture

    Managing performance and promoting a high performance culture is a key sector issue, especially given the importance of external and regulatory factors such as the proposed changes to REF, the introduction of TEF, Ofsted, QAA and league tables. However, managing performance is an area which institutions have traditionally found difficult to deal with and managers and HR may not necessarily be fully equipped to deal with the challenges involved in this process.
  • Swiss employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Switzerland is chosen by many multinational companies as a base for their European or global cross-border business activities, largely because of its advantageous investment climate.
  • TUPE principles and practice

    Employment lawyers find TUPE laws complex and difficult, so it is not surprising that HR professionals do too. We consider the perspective of the outgoing employer in a TUPE transfer, the incoming employer, affected employees and the role of HR throughout.
  • Über-flexible working - employment models and rights (with Institute for Employment Studies)

    The ‘gig economy’ has led to an increase in new flexible working arrangements. These practices may be open to abuse, subject to legal challenge, or misconstrued, creating unique employment and ethical challenges for employers trying to find innovative, fair ways to compete for 24/7 demand. When parliamentary committees and the Prime Minister prioritise “a crackdown on irresponsible business practices”, good employers, with hard-earned reputations to protect, must pay heed.
  • UK employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Seen as less regulated than continental European employment laws, UK employment law is procedure driven and informal discussions can undermine a legally compliant process.

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