Post Graduate Certificate in NI Employment Law and Practice

Post Graduate Certificate in NI Employment Law and Practice

Legal Island has joined forces with Ulster University and the Labour Relations Agency to create what we think will be the best employment law course in the UK.

The course includes 24 employment law and compliance lectures on Tuesday evenings from 5.45pm - 8pm from the cream of Northern Ireland’s employment law expert practitioners and 12 afternoon sessions on ADR and tribunal representation, including on-site visits and role-play exercises with LRA staff and the President of Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal.

Where else will you find a line-up of guest experts like these?

  • Adam Brett, Partner, Jones Cassidy Brett
  • Adrienne Brock, Partner, Elliott Duffy Garrett
  • Anna Beggan, Partner, Tughans
  • Avril Alexander, Employment Relations Manager, LRA
  • Ciara Fulton, Partner, Jones Cassidy Brett
  • Eileen McBride, President, OITFET
  • Elaine Clarke, LRA
  • Emma-Jane Flannery, Partner, Arthur Cox
  • Esther McGuinness, Ulster University
  • Fiona Cassidy, Partner, Jones Cassidy Brett
  • Gareth Walls, Partner, A&L Goodbody
  • Jennifer Knape, Lecturer in Clinical Legal Education
  • Laura Gillespie, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Lisa Bryson, Parnter, Eversheds-Sutherland
  • Louise McAloon, Partner, Worthingtons
  • Mary Kitson, Senior Legal Officer, ECNI
  • Orlagh O’Neill, Partner, Carson McDowell
  • Patricia Coulter, Employment Relations Manager, LRA
  • Patricia Rooney, Partner, Tughans
  • Patrick McAuley, Employment Relations Manager, LRA
  • Paul Gillen, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP & Visiting Professor to the School of Law
  • Rachel Penny, Partner, Carson McDowell
  • Roisin Bell, LRA
  • Rosemary Lundy, Partner, Arthur Cox
  • Scott Alexander, Head of Learning and Development, Legal Island
  • Seamus McGranaghan, Partner, O’Reilly Stewart

This exclusive course comprises 6 sessions on alternative dispute resolution, 6 sessions on employment tribunal representation and 24 sessions on employment law and compliance in Northern Ireland.

We don’t believe you will find an equivalent course anywhere. If you do, please tell us and we’ll improve this one accordingly!

Just look at some of these topics:

  • Formation of the Employment Contract
  • Who is Protected? Modern Employment Relationships
  • NI & GB Comparative Laws
  • Pay and Annual Leave Issues
  • Work Life Balance and Family Friendly Rights
  • 4 x Sessions on Discrimination Laws in NI
  • The Law on Dismissal
  • Stress & Welfare at Work
  • Social Media in the Workplace
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Discipline & Capability
  • Protected Disclosures
  • Redundancy & Reorganisation
  • TUPE
  • Workplace Grievances
  • Data Protection & the GDPR
  • 2 x Sessions on Trade Unions & Collective Matters
  • Important case law and other developments to watch out for in 2020 onwards

Who is it for?

This special course is aimed at those who wish to gain a recognised qualification in NI employment law & practice. Candidates should hold a degree, preferably in law or social sciences. This course will be of particular value to those who currently practice in employment law, trade union or HR professions, or intend to do so.

When does it run?

In the first semester, from September – December 2019, Employment Law classes will run on a Tuesday evening from 5:30 - 8:00pm. There will be a break for Halloween in the first semester.

In the second semester, from January - May 2020, Employment Compliance classes will run on the Belfast Campus from 5:30pm - 8:00pm. There will be two-week break for Easter.

In semester one (Sept - Dec), students will undertake Alternative Dispute Resolution for 6 weeks, followed by Tribunal Representation for a further 6 weeks. Course work will be submitted the following Jan and students will graduate the following summer.

In total there are 4 modules: 2 x 20 point credit modules (employment law and employment compliance) and 2 x 10 point credit modules (ADR & Tribunal Representation).

Each module is assessed. The course will be taught by leading employment lawyers and other experts from across Northern Ireland and will include site visits to the offices of the Industrial Tribunal and the LRA. The cost is £4,130Student loans may be available – check with Ulster University for details.

Places on this course are limited to 30 - apply through the Ulster University website:


Event details


24 Lectures


24 September 2019


Belfast Campus of Ulster University