Employment Law & Practice Part- Time Postgraduate Short Course & CPD

Employment Law & Practice Part- Time Postgraduate Short Course & CPD

The Law School at Ulster University, in consultation with Legal-Island and the Labour Relations Agency, has created a short CPPD accredited course in NI Employment Law and Practice that is designed to give HR professionals and others a comprehensive introduction into the legal framework that underpins effective policies around employment relations and employment laws in Northern Ireland.

This unique course is ideal for busy professionals who need an underpinning knowledge of employment relations law.

Topics include:
• employment contracts;
• pay and working time;
• equality, diversity and discrimination law;
• how to recruit legally and fairly;
• unfair dismissal and how to avoid it;
• managing change, reorganisation and redundancy;
• TUPE transfers; and
• ADR/Mediation.

Who is it for?
• Those working in the area of employment law.
• Those interested in moving into HR practice.
• Line managers involved in HR activities.
• Business owners and managers who want to gain a robust understanding of employment law and practice.

Six top presenters, all with links to the North West and many years of experience in employment law and/or employment relations, deliver six focussed lectures/seminars over six Fridays from 28th February at Magee Campus, Ulster University. The lecturers are:
• Sean Doherty BL
• Kiera Lee, Partner, Mills Selig
• Patrick McAuley, Employment Relations Manager, Labour Relations Agency
• Dr Esther McGuinness, Senior Lecturer in Law, Ulster University
• Paul Upson, Soon-to-be Associate Director, Napier Solicitors
• Gareth Walls, Partner, A&L Goodbody

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"Thoroughly enjoyed the course and the knowledge of the lecturers was second to none. Would definitely recommend this to my colleagues".

"Many thanks for an excellent course. Esther's presentations in particular were really beneficial. The materials provided by all three speakers are very useful and I will use them in years to come. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in Northern Irish employment law".

"Thank you for a most enjoyable course. I would certainly recommend it".

"Enjoyable and educational/practical course. Thank you".

"I really enjoyed the short course. I found the lecturers, experienced, knowledgeable and easy to follow".

"Very good course - exceeded my expectations".

"A very lively and informative course delivered by knowledgeable and approachable tutors. Very enjoyable and very good value for money".


  • Dr Esther McGuinness
    Dr Esther McGuinness Senior Lecturer in Law
    Ulster University

    Dr Esther McGuinness is a Senior Lecturer in Law. She holds an BA Hons degree in law and a PhD from Ulster University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

  • Paul Upson
    Paul Upson Associate Director
    Napier Solicitors

    Paul Upson is an Associate Director with employment and education law specialists, Napier Solicitors.

    Paul studied law at Queen’s University and before joining Napier Solicitors he gained over 15 years post qualification experience as an employment solicitor at a major national law firm. He has worked with clients in a wide variety of employment sectors, including schools, further education colleges and universities.

  • Kiera Lee
    Kiera Lee Partner
    Mills Selig

    Kiera has 19 years’ experience in employment law acting mainly for employers in contentious and non-contentious matters. Her client list includes leading NI Companies and large employers (up to 2,000 employees).

    Kiera’s experience covers day to day HR problems and complex restructuring issues. She has given advice on a restructure and redundancy programme involving more than 800 employees and defended multi claimant tribunal claims for unfair dismissal arising from TUPE transfers.

    She also assists with strategic decisions, successfully managing the exit of senior executives and any contentious issues with restrictive covenants.  

  • Gareth Walls
    Gareth Walls Partner
    A&L Goodbody

    Gareth Walls is partner and head of the A&L Goodbody Employment and Incentives team in Northern Ireland. Gareth represents a number of local, national and international brands in business support, strategic workforce planning and high profile tribunal matters. He also has significant experience in corporate immigration, redundancy, re-structuring and TUPE issues. Gareth is an accomplished commercial litigator with particular emphasis on procurement challenges and injunctive relief in the Employment context, as well as being a sought after speaker on Employment issues in Northern Ireland.

  • Sean Doherty BL
    Sean Doherty BL Barrister

    Sean Doherty was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2007 after graduating with a LL.B (Hons) Law and Politics from Ulster University at Magee in 2005. Sean's main areas of practice include Commercial Law, Employment Law, Insolvency and Land Law.

  • Patrick McAuley
    Patrick McAuley Employment Relations Manager
    Labour Relations Agency

    With previous experience working in a variety of HR and Organisation Development roles in both the public and private sectors, Patrick joined the Labour Relations Agency in 2011.  Initially employed as a Conciliation Officer, he is currently employed as an Employment Relations Manager with responsibility for the Agency’s regional office, working in both Conciliation and Advisory services.  Patrick is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a PRINCE2 Practitioner and a qualified workplace mediator.

Event details


6 weeks


28 February 2020


Ulster University Magee Campus