Annual Employment Law Masterclass 2020

Annual Employment Law Masterclass 2020

22 January 2020 at Emirates Old Trafford

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CIPD Manchester Branch Annual Employment Law Masterclass attracts HR professionals, business owners, managers, line managers, students in business, law and HRM each year, and remains one of the most comprehensive and affordable Employment Law events on the North-West business calendar. 

Over the full day, experts from Eversheds Sutherland LLP and Acas North West will provide delegates with the most up to date information and guidance on legislative changes, case law developments and ensuing practical implications for organisations of all sizes and across all sectors. 

Draft agenda

  • Agency workers (right to key facts and same conditions as those employed directly by hirer following Swedish Derogation repeal)
  • Brexit (key rights and potential impact)
  • Employment contracts (right to a written statement of particulars extended to all workers)
  • Holiday pay (change to reference period for certain types of workers)
  • Immigration-Skills-based (new single immigration system based on skills and talent)
  • Information and consultation of employees (lowering ICE regs. from 10% to 2%)
  • IR35 regime reform – private sector (deduction of income tax and NICs)
  • Mental health (legal obligations and responsibilities)
  • Parental bereavement leave (new rights to statutory leave)
  • Termination payments taxation (employer class 1A NICs)

To ensure we bring you the most up-to-date information and guidance, we will publish our complete and finalised agenda in December which may, as a result, differ from the draft agenda above). 

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We’ll welcome you with a hearty breakfast to enjoy while networking with fellow delegates, expert speakers and representatives from the CIPD Manchester Branch committee. 


Lunch will be served in our conference suite and will consist of a 2-course meal. Please specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

The Venue

Emirates Old Trafford is home to Lancashire County Cricket Club and is one of the most prestigious conference venues in Manchester. Our conference suite offers panoramic views over the famous pitch and, weather permitting, delegates will be able to take a breath of fresh air between sessions on the terraces (accessible via the conference suite).

Eversheds Sutherland

We are delighted to welcome the law firm Eversheds Sutherland LLP for a second year. Naeema Choudry is a partner in the Human Resources Practice Group and will lead our masterclass with her team. Naeema advises on all aspects of employment law and is a highly experienced Employment Tribunal litigator. She advises on executive terminations, whistleblowing, large-scale redundancies, TUPE, contractual disputes and discrimination issues. Naeema regularly works in a cross border environment and contributes to a variety of publications and broadcast media.

Naeema also features in the Legal 500, Legal Experts and Chambers directories in which she is noted for her “articulate and professional manner” and “high level of competency in various areas, from tribunals to pension issues, to discrimination” and as someone “you would want in your corner”.

Acas North West

This year we welcome, for the third year running, James Boffey who always delivers a lively and very interactive session. James joined Acas North West in 2015 after having worked in prison education, teaching English to male offenders. James initially began working in Dispute Resolution, as the first point of contact for employees with potential Tribunal claims before moving into Training and Advisory work in early 2017. 

James has worked with a range of public and private sector organisations across the North West. He provides advice, training and support to both staff and management to improve employment relations and business performance.

Conference Rates (no price increase since 2016)

  • CIPD Member £150
  • Non-Member £240 
  • CIPD Student Member £75

Ticket Sales 

Ticket sales are online only and VAT is included in the price of all tickets.  

Waiting List

As this event is hugely popular, we have set up a waiting list which will be available once we have reached the venue capacity. If you join our waiting list, you will receive an email notification as soon as a place becomes available and you will have 24 hours to register.  If you choose not to register within the time limit the place will automatically be attributed to the next person on the waiting list. Do not hesitate to register, we usually receive a few late cancellations.

Group Bookings

We offer a free place for group bookings of five or more delegates. Please contact us directly at

Free Parking

If you are driving to the venue, we provide free parking on-site at LCCC Car Park A, Great Stone Road, Trafford M32 0ZN. You will be given tickets to exit the car park at the lunch break.

Your feedback

We’ve acted on your feedback from previous events to ensure our Masterclass exceeds your expectations.

We hope you will join us for our flagship Employment Law Masterclass. 

CIPD Manchester Branch

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