In-house Employment Lawyers Network

The professional network for in-house lawyers specialising in employment law in the UK

The In-house Employment Lawyers Network (IHELN) was created in response to in-house employment lawyers' desire to have a network of colleagues in similar positions. Its main objectives are to:

  • Provide practical and business-focused training on relevant areas of the law
  • Enable members to share experience and best practice
  • Put members in touch with fellow in-house lawyers dealing with similar issues

Management of the network

The current chair of IHELN is Kirsten Fox, who is Head of Employment Law at KPMG.

The following are members of the steering committee:

  • Rakhi Jefferies, Disney
  • Victoria Costella, United Business Media
  • Liza Battat, Legal counsel
  • Rebecca Priestley, Lloyds Bank
  • Lillian Caller, Brent Council
  • Mandy Aulak, Royal Mail
  • Matt Briggs, Google

IHELN receives support from Shira Ginsberg, Claire Templeton and Sophie Capel from Practical Law's Employment team, which acts as its secretariat.

Members of IHELN must not pass on fellow members' contact details without their consent. In particular, please do not forward group emails outside the network without checking with the original sender that the information in the email can be passed outside the network and removing other members' email addresses.

Training for 2014

IHELN organises training sessions for members on topics presented by external law firms or barristers. Most sessions attract 2 CPD hours apart from the annual half day seminar which may attract more.

Date Details
16 January 2014

Time: 2.00pm to 5.30pm

Hosted by: BA and Addleshaw Goddard (Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell St, London EC1Y 4AG).

Topics: Session 1: Recent and future developments in employment law
Session 2: Keeping up with Generation Y: a panel session hosted by Addleshaw Goddard lawyers and speakers from the IHELN community addressing employment and employee related issues that arise from the fast pace of technological communication developments including social media, employee engagement, reputation management and data protection
Breakout session 3A: Privilege and Prejudice, Legal professional privilege (and, in particular, legal advice privilege)
Breakout session 3B: FS Regulation and Pay
Breakout session 4A: Territorial jurisdiction and related issues
Breakout session 4B: Self-development for in-house lawyers

12 February 2014

Time: 8:30 am until 10:30 am

Hosted by: Practical Law, 19 Hatfields SE1 8DJ.

Description: Presentation by Assurety represented by Paul Epstein QC, Ed Williams and Elizabeth Marmur on witness preparation, managing risk and how to get the most out of your witnesses.

April 2014

Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Hosted by: Royal Mail and TBC.

Topic: TBC.

26 June 2014

Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Hosted by: Xerox and BLP.

Topic: Practical approach to TUPE in 2014.

18 September 2014

Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Hosted by: Google and Nabarro.

Topic: Contingent and Atypical Workers.

November 2014

Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Hosted by: KPMG and TBC.

Topic: TBC.

If you would like copies of the materials from a session, please contact IHELN@practicallaw.com

Training for 2015

IHELN organises training sessions for members on topics presented by external law firms or barristers. Most sessions attract 2 CPD hours apart from the annual half day seminar which may attract more.

Date Details
TBC TBC

If you would like copies of the materials from a session, please contact IHELN@practicallaw.com

Archived Training

IHELN organises a number of training sessions over the year, which are only attended by other in-house employment lawyers.

Details of our 2013 training programme:

Date Details
13 November 2013

Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Location: Norton Rose 3 More London Pl, London SE1 2AQ

Description: The session will be on the new TUPE rules coming into force in 2014.

CPD: 2 hours

9 October 2013

Time: 8.30am to 10.30am

Location: Allen & Overy, 1 Bishops Square, London E1 6AD. The nearest tube and train station is Liverpool Street station

Description: Allen & Overy have offered to host an additional session for IHELN "Respondents are from Mars, claimants are from Venus" which discusses tactics in the employment tribunal while paying attention to the new tribunal rules.

CPD: 2 hours

26 September 2013

Time: 4.15pm to 6.30pm

Location: 11KBW (11 King's Bench Walk, Temple, London, EC4Y 7EQ)

Description: The sessions topics will be: The new ET procedural rules (implications, practical tips, Court insights and a view of the future) and How and when to use a barrister, and get the most out of them.

CPD: 2 hours

18 June 2013

Time: 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Location: Seyfarth offices in London (CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW).

Description: The sessions topics will be: Managing a Global Restructuring and Seyfarth Lean

CPD: 2 hours

21 March 2013

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Location: Hosted by Morgan Lewis & Brockius

Description: Top 10 discrimination issues from the IHELN survey, social media issues for example what should be on an exit checklist and what a social media policy should look like.

CPD: 2 hours

10 January 2013

Annual half day seminar hosted Simmons and Simmons

Location: Simmons and Simmons' offices at CityPoint One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9HT

Time: 1.30pm to 5pm

CPD: 3 points/hours

Break out session 1: Reforms to employment tribunal procedure

OR

Dealing with litigants in person

Break out session 2: Managing multi-jurisdictional litigation

OR

Business protection (what you are protecting, why you are protecting it, and how to protect it in practice).

How to join IHELN

If you:

  • Are a lawyer working in-house
  • Specialise in employment law
  • Have a permanent role
  • Work for one in-house client
Feel free to get in touch by e-mailing IHELN@practicallaw.com. Membership is free and on an individual, rather than a corporate basis. ‚Äč

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