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Complex employment disputes

Complex employment disputes - cases from hell

Who should attend

Experienced HR professionals who handle employment and workplace disputes, subject access requests and employment litigation.


Sometimes, from apparently simple facts, an employment dispute can cause damage far beyond the costs and issues that had initially appeared to be at stake, while consuming vast amounts of time and resources. A claimant, who makes every type of claim and contests every stage, may lead a well-intentioned employer into apparently contradictory positions. This briefing covers complex employment disputes, mediation and ways to resolve differences to avoid the Tribunal process.


9.00am registration and coffee, 9.30am start

Complex employment situations

  • multiple and/or complex grievances, or those raised during a disciplinary including discrimination claims
  • tell-tale claimant behaviours
  • avoidance of HR requests
  • sickness during process
  • avoiding victimisation and whistleblowing claims

Difficult conversations: avoiding tribunal?

  • skills, strategies, tips and tools to prevent workplace issues escalating into formal processes
  • mediation, ADR/CEDR: the differences explained
  • advantages and disadvantages

Approaches to data subject access requests (DSARs)

  • what the law intended and its use in practice
  • challenging a fishing expedition: can you, should you?
  • Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing LLP: proportionality, privilege and motive

Searching and managing data

  • formulating best practices around DSARs
  • investigating the vexatious employee

Strategies and tactics

  • disclosure options: cards on the table?
  • dealing with individual respondents, unrepresented claimants and litigants you still employ
  • seemingly vexatious claimants and reluctant witnesses
  • use of privilege, without prejudice and protected conversations
  • settlement: early, bluff or all the way?
  • restrictive covenants: preserving protection

1.00pm close, followed by lunch

Download the full Complex employment disputes programme.


Speaker details can be found in the PDF flyer.

Cost: £275

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 10%

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