Annual Review of Employment Law NI 2024 - Online and In Person

Annual Review of Employment Law NI 2024 - Online and In Person

The countdown is on for the NI HR event of the year! 

The Annual Review of Employment Law is one of the most anticipated events of the year for Northern Ireland HR practitioners looking to enhance their understanding, capabilities, and networks in the ever-changing world of employment law and HR best practices. 

The NI Assembly is back, and new employment law is on the horizon - don't miss out on this day featuring informative sessions, ample networking opportunities and a great buzz! Our aim is to keep you ahead of the curve on the new developments and maximise your professional growth. 

Mark Devenport, Journalist, Broadcaster and Commentator, will return as this year's event Chair!

🌟Why should you attend?🌟 

🎤Inspiring Speakers:Prepare to be empowered by nationally recognised speakers who will inspire you with their insights and expertise, including speakers like Jason Elliott BL, Seamus McGranaghan of O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors and many others.

📚Our exciting line-up, led by jurisdiction-specific employment lawyers, seasoned HR professionals, and subject matter experts, will ensure you’re up-to-date with the Assembly’s plans for employment law here in NI. And our dual session format means you can choose the sessions you want while benefitting from the notes/resources of all sessions!

💡Stay Ahead of the Curve: Invest in yourself, your career, your organisation, and your profession. The NI Assembly is back in action so come along and gain crucial insights into the most vital employment law developments of 2024, anticipate emerging trends, and mitigate risks as we explore potential developments for 2025. 

💼Flexible Attendance: The good news is, Annual Review returns as a hybrid event! Whether you prefer to attend in person at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast or join us online, we're committed to delivering top-notch customer service with technical support available throughout.  

📂Comprehensive Digital Delegate Pack: Rest assured, we've got you covered with comprehensive digital session notes, slides, toolkits, and recordings of all sessions to ensure you won't miss a thing. 

🤝Network and Connect: Get YOUR questions answered by our experts and seize the opportunity to network with your HR and legal peers from across Northern Ireland. 

🛍️Exhibition Area: Explore our vibrant exhibition area, a one-stop-shop where you can discover cutting-edge products and services to enhance your HR practices. 

🌐Unlock Your Potential: Join us at the Annual Review Conference and open the door to endless possibilities for your professional growth and organisational success. Let Legal Island be your guide as you explore the broader world of HR and chart your path towards excellence. 

🎟️Secure Your Ticket Today: Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to supercharge your HR career. Grab your ticket now and embark on a journey to new heights in HR excellence! 


27th November 2024


Attend in-person at the Crowne Plaza Belfast or live online.


In Person Rates

Standard: £565
Early Bird: £515 (Ends 16th October, 5pm)
Charity/Small Business: £465
Charity/Small Business Early bird: £415 (Ends 16th October, 5pm)

Remote (Online) Rates:

Standard: £465
Early Bird: £415 (Ends 16th October, 5pm)
Charity/Small Business: £365
Charity/Small Business Early Bird: £315 (Ends 16th October, 5pm)

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Confirmed Sessions so far...

Mark Devenport, Journalist, Broadcaster and Commentator, will return as our AREL NI event Chair.


Review of the Year (Part 1 – 2024 – Looking Back) with Patricia Coulter of Labour Relations Agency 

Strikes, Agnew and Stormont's revival - it’s been a year of change for NI workplaces. 

Join Patricia Coulter, Labour Relations Agency as she provides a comprehensive assessment of recent events impacting Northern Ireland's workplaces. In this session, Patricia offers an annual round-up of significant employment law developments exclusive to this event, highlighting emerging trends since November last year. What Patricia will cover will include: 

  • Developments in 2024 
  • Key take-aways 

NOTE: The contents of this session may change to reflect what have been the most important and latest developments at November 2024.


Review of the Year (Part 2 – Looking Forward to 2025) with Louise McAloon of Worthingtons 

Louise McAloon, Partner at Worthingtons considers the likely employment law developments that we’ll see in 2025 and what we can do now to mitigate risk and maximise opportunities.  

Louise will delve into the potential employment law shifts expected in 2025 and offers proactive strategies to minimise risk and capitalise on opportunities.  

Topics include: 

  • Top 10 cases 
  • What does 2025 have in store?
  • Agnew – will it be resolved? And how?  

NOTE: The contents of this session may change to reflect the most important and latest developments that are expected for 2025 as at November 2024 and that are not covered elsewhere in detail at this event. 


The NI Case Review 2024 and Key Next Steps 

Jason Elliott BL sets out the main developments in NI cases in 2024. 

Jason will lead you through the complex maze of recent case law, offering insights from real-life examples to help you learn, prevent common pitfalls and help safeguard your organisation. 

NOTE: Subjects covered in this session may vary from those shown and will focus on the most important NI cases by November 2024. 


Harassment in the Workplace  

From sexual harassment in hospitals and fast-food chains to violence and abuse levelled at retail and transport staff, it seems no workplace is immune from harassment, and HR are at the forefront of dealing with these issues whether they’re perpetrated by other staff, or by customers and suppliers. 

Join Christine Swail of People Management Solutions as she explains: 

  • How can HR proactively prevent harassment in the workplace? 
  • What are the legal responsibilities of employers in addressing harassment complaints? 
  • What strategies can HR implement to foster a culture of respect and inclusion to mitigate harassment risks?

Adapting to Change: Understanding NI's New Employment Law Bill 

Join Ciara Fulton, Partner at Lewis Silkin (NI) LLP for an insightful session delving into the forthcoming Employment Law Bill in Northern Ireland: 

  • Discover its potential impacts on your organisation. 
  • Gain practical strategies for adapting to the changes ahead. 
  • Stay ahead and ensure compliance in this evolving landscape. 

NOTE: This session may vary from the above description and will depend on the progress of legislation through the NI Assembly. 


CASE STUDY: An unstoppable force meets an immoveable object – philosophical beliefs in the workplace 

Gender critical beliefs, trans rights, and the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza may make for interesting talking points around the water-cooler, but what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immoveable object in your workplace?  

Seamus McGranaghan, Director of O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors leads this case study where, in a typical Belfast office, an everyday conversation suddenly escalates into a debate fit for the UN, landing a heap of dilemmas on HR's desk... 


How are we still getting it so wrong with Equality? 

The Equality Commission have been settling cases thick and fast this year – from neurodiversity, physical disabilities to race discrimination in chips shops, phone retailers and hospitality,it seems no sector is immune from mistakes on equality issues. But equality legislation is far from new – so how are we still getting it so wrong after all this time? 

Our expert unpacks the missteps made by NI organisations which lead to settlements in 2024. Join the session and ensure your organisation is a fair and equitable place for all andsafeguard your name from the headlines. 


"The annual review of employment law is undoubtedly the premier gathering of HR practitioners in Northern Ireland and an unrivalled opportunity to build connections in the industry." Alexander Redpath, Senior Associate, Kennedys

"It was very well organised and staff were very helpful. It was good to be able to choose sessions.  The delegate pack is very useful." Emma Stinson, HR & Compliance Manager, Orthoderm Clinic 

"Good opportunity to network with peers and to get an up date summary of employment legislation, case law and best practice." Brendan Burdock, Senior HR Business Partner, Radius Housing Associtaion

"The knowledge and experience of the speakers was clear to see and they provided insights into a wide variety of key topics which are incredibly relevant in the world of HR at the moment and for the future." Maeve McFlynn, HR Consultant, Willis HR Consulting

"The ability of each presenter to share key material in such an engaging way is invaluable." Robert Magee, HR Manager, Oxfam Ireland

"I have attended this event for over 15 years now and look forward to it every year." Jacqui Dornan, Hinch Distillery 

"Speakers and topics were excellent and attending the event was very beneficial" Oonagh Moore, Group HR Manager, Profast

Organisations represented included:



  • Christine Swail
    Christine Swail Director & Co-Founder
    People Management Solutions

    Christine is Director and Co-Founder of People Management Solutions, an award-winning HR Consultancy with offices in Belfast and Dungannon. Christine works with small to medium sized organisations putting best practice HR in place as well as working with larger multi-nationals on specific HR projects and complex workplace disputes.  Christine has worked in HR throughout Ireland for over 25 years with some of the leading and most innovative companies. Key areas of expertise include workplace investigations, mediation, employee relations and HR related training. Christine was recently awarded the CIPD NI HR Consultant of the Year award.

  • Ciara Fulton
    Ciara Fulton Partner, Head of Office
    Lewis Silkin LLP

    Ciara Fulton is partner and Head of Lewis Silkin (NI) LLP.

    Ciara is dual qualified and advises on all aspects of employment law in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. She has significant experience of advising clients on the full range of employment issues including complex discrimination issues, bullying and harassment claims, disciplinary and grievance matters, business reorganisations, senior executive severances, restrictive covenants, employment related litigation and TUPE.

    Ciara’s approach is to partner with clients providing practical, commercial advice to resolve HR issues whether contentious or non-contentious. Ciara works with a variety of sectors with particular experience in the construction and infrastructure sector.

    Ciara regularly speaks on a range of employment issues at internal and external events and delivers bespoke training to clients on the differences between NI and ROI employment law. Ciara is a member of the Employment Lawyers Group and the NI Representative for the Employment Lawyers Association. Ciara is also a legally qualified member of the Appeals Tribunals NI.

  • Jason Elliott
    Jason Elliott Lecturer in Law and Barrister
    Ulster University

    Jason Elliott was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2013 and is the Associate Head of School of Law at Ulster University.  As a practising barrister, he has developed a largely civil practice representing individuals, companies and public bodies in litigation.  This covers a wide range of areas including personal injuries, wills and employment law. In terms of employment law, he has represented both applicants and respondents in the Industrial Tribunal. At Ulster University, Jason lectures extensively on the civil areas of practise such as Equity and Trusts and delivers employment law lectures for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

  • Louise McAloon
    Louise McAloon Partner
    Worthingtons Solicitor

    Louise leads and manages the employment department, which is currently the largest employment law practice in Northern Ireland.

    With over 18 years’ experience in employment law, Louise’s knowledge and attention to detail provide an innovative approach that her clients appreciate in relation to complex areas of Public Interest Disclosure, Equal Pay, Discrimination and Unfair Dismissal.  She works closely with employers across the public, private and third sectors and regularly advises on restructuring issues including individual and collective redundancies and the application and implication of TUPE. Louise has a detailed understanding of her clients’ needs and is known for her constructive and pragmatic advice on internal employment issues and providing advice and representation in defence of all categories of employment claims before the tribunals and civil courts. 

  • Mark Devenport
    Mark Devenport Journalist & Broadcaster

    Mark Devenport is a Journalist, Broadcaster and Commentator. He is a former BBC NI Political Editor, and contributor for newspapers including the Irish Times, Belfast Telegraph, Belfast Newsletter & Daily Mirror NI. 

  • Patricia Coulter
    Patricia Coulter Employment Relations Manager
    Labour Relations Agency

    Patricia Coulter has worked with the Labour Relations Agency for over 22 years, after starting her career in HR Management in the Shipbuilding & Railway Industries. During her time in the Labour Relations Agency she has extensive experience in advising on Employment Law matters and has delivered training on a wide variety of employment law topics. She is currently working as an Employment Relations Manager in the Conciliation and Arbitration Department where she manages a team of conciliators. She is a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and is a qualified workplace mediator.

  • Seamus McGranaghan
    Seamus McGranaghan Director - Commercial
    O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

    Seamus McGranaghan qualified as a Solicitor in O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors in 2003 and is an experienced Commercial Lawyer dealing with employment, commercial and education cases.

    He has experience in the Industrial Tribunal representing both Claimants and Respondents and has provided seminars in relation to particular areas of employment law. Seamus is the only member of the Education and Law Association in Northern Ireland. He specialises in advising schools and colleges on policy matters, employment issues and student welfare. He is also responsible for the Education Law Quarterly Review.

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Event details


1 Day


27 November 2024


Crowne Plaza, Belfast or Online


Attending In Person Rates:
Standard: £565
Early Bird: £515 (Ends 16th October, 5pm)
Charity/Small Business: £465
Charity/Small Business Early bird: £415

Attending Online Rates:
Standard: £465
Early Bird: £415 (Ends 16th October) 
Charity/Small Business: £365
Charity/Small Business Early Bird: £315 (Ends 16th October)