HR and ER decision-makers from brands including Suzuki GB Plc and Ladbrokes Coral Group descended onto BPP Law School, in Holborn, for the annual event hosted by our fantastic ESP Law team.
Welcoming everyone into the auditorium for the interactive workshop, our founder Peter Byrne set the scene for what the audience could expect from the day-long session. This included our employment lawyers, Sarah Dillon and Arwen Makin, taking centre stage to relay a difficult – and based on a real-life – case concerning ‘Darcey Bissell’ who brought a workplace grievance and sexual harassment case against her line manager ‘Craig Ravell’.
Revealing the initial grievance in which Darcey reported to her HR manager ‘Tess Bailey’ at ‘Strictly Concrete Ltd’, attendees were given content packs containing detailed information and critical guidance into how the allegation would be handled – all the way from the initial complaint through to the decision.
Including a grievance letter – and the theory behind what is an informal/formal grievance and how they should be handled by organisations – our legal team showed examples of the type of Without Prejudice and Solicitor’s letters which firms might expect, should this happen in their business.
Alongside providing critical legal insight to HR and ER customers and prospects, the audience was given the vital answers to their burning questions throughout via Sarah, Arwen and the rest of our employment law team, including Nina Robinson, Lucy Gordon, Rafia Ahmad and Helena Wheeler.
Questions throughout the first session included: “Does Darcey have a strong claim?” and, “What are the steps to take for a grievance meeting?”
Then, following a fantastic lunch, the audience returned to their seats to watch a roleplay of the grievance investigation and outcome.
Taking to the stage, interviews were conducted by Strictly Concrete Ltd’s operations director ‘Antonia Du Beak’ (played by Nina) with employees who each provided their own accounts of events following Darcey’s (played by our senior solicitor Lucy Gordon) grievance.
Concluding the roleplays, Sarah and Arwen took attendees through the resolution – and if the allegation was upheld – before bringing the event to a close.
Orla Hogan, office manager at Alfa Chemicals Ltd, said after the event: “To be able to watch actual scenarios unfold and listen to the workplace grievance discussion that ensues between both HR professionals and employment lawyers was absolutely invaluable.
"No question was too basic at #ESPLawLive and there was a tip or guidance throughout in answer to anything raised by the audience. The ESPHR team is extremely approachable and experienced, which definitely gives me more confidence to handle situations if – and when – they arise."
#ESPLawLive proved to be a fantastic workshop once again and we would like to thank everyone for their attendance – and for joining us for some well-earned post-event drinks around the corner at The Square Pig!
We’d also like to offer a big congratulations to Lindsey Charlesworth, General Manager, Head of Human Resources at Suzuki GB, for winning our social media competition following her fantastically engaging tweets throughout the day. We hope you enjoy your prize!
Make sure you look out for even more fantastic photos from the event, courtesy of Jakob Ebrey (a sneak peek is below!), and plenty of interactive post-event comms in your inboxes!
Thanks to our excellent cast!
Craig (played by ESPHR’s sales director Russell Guest)
Darcey (played by our senior solicitor Lucy Gordon)
HR manager Tess Bailey (played by our marketing executive Kerry Byrne)
Finance manager Oti Matuse (played by our senior solicitor Rafia Ahmad)
R&D manager, Bruno Tornelo (played by management consultant Garry Forster)
Office witness Amy Dawson (played by our customer Julie Lawson from the Royal Horticultural Society)
Craig’s PA Janette Manerva (played by our senior solicitor Helena Wheeler)
Sales manager AT Pratchett (played by our customer Lindsey Charlesworth from Suzuki GB).