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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. 

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Upcoming events, webinars and training

  • 15th Annual Labour Relations Conference - beyond Brexit together apart?

    When a group of people act together the more powerful have to listen. The TUC is right about this*. They are also right that some of the UK’s leading companies have vital union relationships, that the union movement is getting smaller and that members and activists are getting older. But isn’t an internal WhatsApp group a form of ‘union’? What about an online petition, a Facebook page or a letter to The Times with multiple signatures?
  • 9th Annual Comparative International Employment Law Seminar

    The past 12 months have seen seismic change in workplace equality driven by a combination of scandal, legislative initiatives and shifts in attitude towards, heightened awareness and historic behavioural norms.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 inhouse lawyers must come to terms with.
  • Contracts - common pitfalls and how to avoid them

    Contracts go wrong all the time. Parties will fight for their rights and the fall-out can be costly and a drain on management time. Getting your contracts right from the beginning may help stop disputes arising in the first place. You will also be better placed to keep contractual relationships on track if difficult issues arise or the other party wishes to re-negotiate.
  • Crisis, HR and PR

    High profile cases of sexual harassment have taught us nothing new about the law. Reputable organisations, with sophisticated HR awareness, were embarrassed by behaviours that were obviously wrong and then humiliated as the story unfolded. In each case there were rumours … and yet!
  • Delivering successful campus development projects - effectively risk managing the pitfalls

    In an increasingly global market quality and innovation in campus facilities can be a key differential for any institution. It attracts talent and promotes the brand. But developing state of the art buildings to live and learn on campus is a complex business. Every development is unique and has its own issues to protect but successfully delivering on time and on budget requires careful structured planning to eliminate and mitigate potential risk.
  • Disclosure and barring update - Safeguarding: changes, misconceptions and duties

    The Disclosure and Barring Service’s remit and processes have changed recently, widening access and using new technology to help employers make safer employment decisions. But DBS compliance assessments show that some Registered Bodies continue to make basic errors, such as failing to follow identity checking guidance or applying for inappropriate and unlawful barring list checks.
  • Driving for work - Records, police investigation and law

    There are over 500 ‘driving for work deaths’ a year and many more serious injuries. Most organisations have a driving for work policy which is often aspirational in part. If so, a Police/Regulatory investigation will highlight gaps between what you have said and what you have done. This briefing will update you on the risks and help you encourage safer driving across your organisation.
  • Employee investigations

    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.
  • Essential employment law for HR professionals

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

    Increasing compliance activity, the Government’s commitment to a net migration target and Brexit make it crucial that employers have a clear understanding of right to work issues. This course covers the UK immigration system, in the context of the employment life cycle, the areas of law that apply and competing risks and penalties.
  • 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.
  • Fire safety post Grenfell - managing the regulatory, legal and reputational issues

    The recent high profile case of Grenfell Tower, as well as the earlier fire at Lakanal House, highlight that it is vital that fire safety risks are managed in residential and multi-occupancy buildings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Health and Safety Summer School - Reputation and responsibility

    In 2009, six people died when a high-rise fire enveloped Lakanal House. Last year, the London Fire Brigade told the Court, “Bringing this prosecution against Southwark Council has been about ensuring that lessons are learned”. If only they had been. Health and safety professionals cannot forget the basics. They must still ensure managers know, understand and fulfil their responsibilities even when they may not want to listen, and that warnings from near misses and incidents are heeded.
  • HR summer school: Future-ready HR

    Given the demographic, technological and political shocks employers are likely to face in the next decade, what should HR stop doing or continue to do, and what are the new areas of focus? This Summer School provides different insights and ideas about the new opportunities HR professionals have to shape their organisations and their employees’ experience.
  • Immigration courses - Preparing for HEAT Inspections

    UKVI’s Higher Education Assurance Team (HEAT) are currently undertaking a programme to audit all universities over the next 12-18 months. As UKVI can take action, up to and including revocation of a sponsor’s licence, it is extremely important that universities are fully prepared for a HEAT inspection. Eversheds Sutherland’s Education Immigration team regularly helps universities prepare for a HEAT inspection by rigorously testing their processes and procedures to determine their effectiveness
  • Immigration law: tier 4 sponsor obligations - update for education institutions

    Education providers who sponsor, or intend to sponsor international students should attend this course. Tier 4 has been subject to increased scrutiny recently, in terms of changes to the sponsor guidance and UK Visas and Immigration inspections. Specialist lawyers will update you on recent guidance and practical areas to focus on to ensure compliance. They will share their experiences of assisting sponsors through UKVI inspections and how to prepare for an inspection.
  • Inquests and court appearances - Safety incident response

    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
  • International assignments - contracts, visas and tax

    Business migration and immigration continues at pace, despite political changes, although we are seeing more evidence of contingency planning. A unique set of employment, immigration and tax requirements must be considered when sending an individual employee to work abroad, or when bringing an employee into the UK. It is tempting to take a template approach to assignments but this can prove costly in the long run.
  • 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

    Trustees are also required to be familiar with their scheme’s governing documentation. HR specialists, pensions managers and company directors also need to know about the increasingly complex legal framework within which their company’s pension scheme operates. This course is designed to give those with responsibility for a DC pension scheme the knowledge they need to run their schemes more effectively.
  • Introduction to UAE employment law (excluding DIFC and ADGM)

    There is a common misconception that employees in this region have few employment rights. While it is true that the potential cost exposures for employers are apparently less than, say Europe, there are business continuity consequences and reputational risks to consider.
  • 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.
  • Legal privilege protection – use and benefits

    Legal privilege is a vital tool in any organisations’ armoury but there are strict rules as to when it applies and it can be easily lost. Ensuring that privilege is created and maintained is crucial to your strategy in any dispute, investigation or negotiation.
  • Management of student accommodation

    Accommodation is at the heart of the student experience. In addition student wellbeing can be greatly affected by living conditions, so getting the accommodation strategy right is key to an institution’s reputation for delivering successful student living and learning. In an increasingly cost conscious environment, this can be a key differentiator when students are choosing between institutions.
  • Managing difficult parent issues – a seminar for academies and colleges

    It has been widely reported that parents and guardians have increased expectations regarding the education and support provided by academies 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 without Fear - Skills Masterclass

    In this interactive skills session we will explore how to manage complex staff issues in a proactive and timely way whilst minimising any risks arising from taking this approach including:
  • Pensions breakfast briefing – The heat is on!

    With the Government’s issue of its White Paper on “Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes”, and a host of recent and promised changes to pensions law, scheme trustees, sponsors and advisers can look forward to an active summer season. Our next series of pensions breakfast briefings will aim to bring you up to speed on the key hot topics, including:
  • People issues in deals - Disruption then integration

    Low interest and exchange rates, Brexit, America First, and even Northern Powerhouse initiatives are leading to a flurry of transactional activity. Although the people aspects of a corporate transaction rarely drive a deal, they often determine the success of it. Without careful internal messaging about the strategic benefits of a deal, and genuine storytelling about the vision for the future, an organisation may fail to gain the emotional buy-in necessary to realise the full value of the project.
  • Procurement update series 2018: Authority events

    Contracting authority focused events will be available across a number of our offices:
  • Reputation and Managing Employee Misconduct - Thought leadership events for senior leaders

    These interactive sessions will discuss challenging and topical issues and will be chaired by leading legal experts. Our team will provide you with unique insights into the issues and will lead a discussion on these rapidly developing topics. Attendance will be limited in order to provide you with an opportunity to engage in questions and answers on what the topics really mean for your institution, what steps to take and what the future may hold.
  • 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.
  • Student discrimination issues – a workshop for colleges and universities

    The rights of students and the duties and obligations of FE and HE institutions under equality law is a complex, evolving and often challenging area.
  • The Cambridge Growth Agenda

    This is an opportunity to enjoy a drink and some pub grub whilst making some new contacts and discussing some topical property issues in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Tricky issues facing schools and academies

    Many schools and academies face complaints and challenges over the decisions that they take with regard to admissions and exclusions, particularly in relation to pupils with SEND. This session is designed as a recap of the obligations imposed on schools and academies in acting in accordance with the Department for Education’s School Admissions Code, School Admission Appeals Code and the Exclusion guidance, to ensure that fair and lawful admission and exclusion processes are undertaken.
  • Webinar - Compliance with Tier 2 Sponsor Obligations and Update

    Education providers who employ or wish to employ non-EEA staff need to sponsor them, most likely under the Tier 2 (General) route. Tier 2 has been subject to a number of recent changes and this trend is likely to continue, especially with the implications of Brexit and the changes that will happen to the immigration system as a result.
  • Webinar - Compliance with Tier 4 Sponsor Obligations and Update

    Education providers who teach or wish to teach non-EEA students need to be Tier 4 sponsor licence holders. Tier 4 has been subject to a number of recent changes and this trend is likely to continue, especially with the implications of Brexit and the Government commissioning the Migration Advisory Committee to carry out a detailed study of the impact of international students (both EEA and non-EEA nationals) in the UK.
  • Webinar - Hot Topics for HR

    Our education lawyers will explore the key topical employment issues for HR practitioners in higher and further education institutions, academies and schools.
  • Webinar - Understanding dispute resolution mechanisms. Litigation or alternative dispute resolution - what are the options what are the differences?

    Alternative forms of dispute resolution are becoming ever more common. Encouraged by the courts and increasingly favoured by parties, options such as mediation, arbitration and adjudication are become more widely used. But what are the differences and what are the pros and cons?
  • Webinar - Update on GDPR

    In this webinar we will remind education institutions of the key issues relevant for them following the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) on 25 May 2018 and consider what are likely to be the main areas to concentrate on in the early days of the legislation.