Upcoming Seminars

  • 22nd September 2021 – Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace

    Wednesday 22nd September 2021 – 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Remote via Zoom Webinar
    Register here
    FREE

    About the Event
    We are delighted to welcome Fiona Cassidy and James Davies of Lewis Silkin as speakers. Our two speakers will review the increasing importance of Artificial Intelligence in the workplace. They will provide an insight into the concepts involved including how bias and discrimination arise in algorithms and how these are impacting the workplace. They will provide an introduction to the litigation that is occurring in this developing area.

    Fiona Cassidy
    Fiona is Partner/Consultant in Lewis Silkin (N.I.) LLP. She was a founder member of Jones Cassidy Brett Solicitors which recently merged with Lewis Silkin. Fiona has specialised in employment and discrimination law for over 30 years and in recent years has taken a keen interest in data protection law.

    James Davies
    James is a founder partner of Lewis Silkin’s employment practice nearly 30 years ago. He has a particular interest in discrimination law and has co-chaired the Employment Lawyers Association’s working group on artificial intelligence and employment law.

    Slides
    Thank you to all who attended the event. The slides are available on our Previous Seminars page.

  • 16th June 2021 – Overview of the Article 2 commitment and the Dedicated Mechanism

    Wednesday 16th June 2021 – 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Remote via Zoom Webinar
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    FREE

    About the Event
    This webinar will provide a discussion on the Article 2 commitment and the Dedicated Mechanism.
    Under the EU/UK Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has committed in Article 2 of the Northern Ireland Protocol to ensuring that certain equality and human rights in Northern Ireland will continue to be protected after Brexit. The UK government created a “Dedicated Mechanism” comprising of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. This webinar will provide an overview of the Article 2 commitment and the Dedicated Mechanism.
    The talk will be jointly given by Éilis Haughey, Head of Services, Dedicated Mechanism at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and Roisin Mallon, Director, Dedicated Mechanism Unit, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.
    At the end of the webinar, we will host a Q&A session, where Éilis and Roisin will take questions from attendees.

    Whilst there will be a live Q&A function during the webinar, we would welcome questions in advance. Please email any questions by midday on 15th June 2021 to employmentlawyersgroupni@gmail.com.

    Further information on the Dedicated Mechanism Unit is available here.

    Slides
    Thank you to all who attended the event. The slides are available on our Previous Seminars page.

  • 27th May 2021 – Worker Status with Jason Galbraith-Marten QC

    Thursday 27th May 2021 – 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Remote via Zoom Webinar
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    FREE

    About the Event
    This webinar will provide a discussion on the worker status and in particular, the impact of the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Uber BV and Others vs Aslam and others. We are delighted to welcome Jason Galbraith-Marten QC, Senior Counsel for Uber as speaker.
    This webinar will be in two parts. Our speaker will summarise the recent Uber decision and give an insight into how he believes it will impact the issue of worker status going forward. We will then have a Q&A session, where Jason will field questions from attendees on employee / worker status issues.
    Whilst there will be a live Q&A function during the webinar, we would welcome questions in advance. Please send any questions to before 25/05 midday to employmentlawyersgroupni@gmail.com.

    Jason Galbraith-Marten QC
    Jason Galbraith-Marten QC is a member at Cloisters Chambers in London. He was called to the Bar in 1991, taking Silk in 2014. Jason has established himself as one of the UK’s most respected practitioners in employment and equality law, garnering a reputation as the leading expert on worker status issues. He has appeared in a significant number of leading employment cases including the Uber decision, Varnish v British Cycling Federation and Dewhurst v Citysprint UK Ltd.

  • 31st March 2021 – Update on Employment Tribunals procedure in Northern Ireland

    Wednesday 31st March 2021 – 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Remote via Zoom Webinar
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    FREE

    About the Event
    This webinar will provide an introduction to The Industrial Tribunals and Fair Employment Tribunal (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations (NI) 2020, giving an overview of key changes and new provisions. It will also explore the law and practice of early conciliation, which is now mandatory in most employment claims in Northern Ireland. The webinar is suitable for practitioners who want to bring their knowledge of practice and procedure in the Tribunals up to date, or those who are new to practice in this area. This webinar will be delivered by Ryan Cushley BL and Sarah Cochrane (Solicitor).

    Ryan Cushley BL
    Ryan Cushley BL was called to the Bar in 2014 and practices primarily in employment law. He acts for both Claimants and Respondents in the Tribunals, as well as acting in employment-related cases in the civil courts. Since 2018, Ryan has been responsible for teaching the employment tribunals module at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, and he is a committee member of the Employment Lawyers Group Northern Ireland.

    Sarah Cochrane – Senior Associate, Carson McDowell LLP
    Sarah Cochrane qualified as a solicitor in 2009. She is dual qualified in English & Welsh and Northern Irish law and advises employers throughout the UK. Sarah regularly defends claims involving discrimination, TUPE, whistleblowing and working time issues in the Employment Tribunals. She also has experience of defending clients in the County Court and High Court as well as the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.

    Slides
    Thank you to all who attended the event. The slides are available on our Previous Seminars page.