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 from the cream of Northern Ireland’s employment law expert practitioners and 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?
- Anna Beggan, Partner, Tughans
- Adam Brett, Partner, Jones Cassidy Brett
- Adrienne Brock, Partner, Elliott Duffy Garrett
- Lisa Bryson, Principal Associate, Eversheds-Sutherland
- Fiona Cassidy, Partner, Jones Cassidy Brett
- Jason Elliott BL
- Emma-Jane Flannery, Partner, Arthur Cox
- Ciara Fulton, Partner, Jones Cassidy Brett
- Paul Gillen, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP & Visiting Professor to the School of Law
- Laura Gillespie, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
- Beverley Jones, Partner, Jones Cassidy Brett
- Rosemary Lundy, Partner, Arthur Cox
- Mark McAllister, Employment Relations Manager, LRA
- Eileen McBride, President, OITFET
- Seamus McGranaghan, Partner, O’Reilly Stewart
- Orlagh O’Neill, Partner, Carson McDowell
- Maxine Orr, Partner, Worthingtons
- Rachel Penny, Partner, Carson McDowell
- Gareth Walls, Partner, A&L Goodbody
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
- 2 x Sessions on the Law on Dismissal
- Stress & Welfare at Work
- Social Media in the Workplace
- Recruitment & Selection
- Discipline & Capability
- Protected Disclosures
- Redundancy & Reorganisation
- Workplace Grievances
- Data Protection & the GDPR
- 2 x Sessions on Trade Unions & Collective Matters
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 Sept – Dec, Employment Law classes will run on a Tuesday evening from 5.30 - 8pm. There will be a break for Halloween in the first semester.
In the second semester, from Jan - May, Employment Compliance classes will run on the Belfast Campus from 5.30pm - 8pm. There will be a 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 from across Northern Ireland and will include site visits to the offices of the Industrial Tribunal and the LRA. The cost is £4,012.
Places on this course are limited to 30 - apply through the Ulster University website:
Employment Law and Practice
2018/19 Part-time Postgraduate Short course and CPD
This short course is designed to give participants a comprehensive introduction into the legal framework that underpins effective policies around employment relations in Northern Ireland. This unique course is ideal for busy professionals who need an underpinning knowledge of employment relations law but are not able to commit the time to a full course of academic study. It provides a firm foundation in all areas of employment law.
It should be of interest to:
- 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.
For more information and how to apply visit:
What delegates said about the short course:
"Thoroughly enjoyed the course and the knowledge of the lecturers was second to none. Would definitely recommend this to my colleagues".
"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".
"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".
"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".
Anna Beggan Partner
Anna joined Tughans as a Partner in June 2006 to head up the Employment Team and has grown and developed the team to now be one of the largest and most highly regarded in Northern Ireland.
Adam Brett Senior Partner
Jones Cassidy Brett
Adam joined Fiona Cassidy and Beverley Jones in 2013 in JCB solicitors, which is rated in the top band for 2015 by Chambers Directory, while Adam is rated personally in the top band. Adam has substantial experience in advising transferors, transferees and employees on the workings of TUPE and SPC.
Adrienne Brock Partner
Elliott Cassidy Brett
Adrienne is a Partner in EDG and the Head of the Employment Law Unit. After graduating from Queen's University, Belfast with an LLB (Hons), Adrienne was admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland in 1986.
Adrienne provides advice and representation in relation to employment law issues, mainly to employer clients, across a wide range of sectors including private, voluntary public and regulated sectors. This includes, in summary, advising in relation to the management of employment and employment related issues from recruitment/selection/appointment to termination of employment, including contracts of employment, policies and procedures, conduct of grievance, harassment and disciplinary procedures, dismissals and compromise agreements.
Lisa Bryson Principal Associate
Lisa is an experienced employment lawyer. She has specialised in employment and equality law since 2000. Lisa trained and qualified with Eversheds LLP in Nottingham and London before moving back ‘home’ to Northern Ireland in 2009. She re-joined Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast in June 2017 as head of the employment team.
Fiona Cassidy Senior Partner
Jones Cassidy Brett
Fiona has had extensive involvement in advisory work and litigation both in private practice with JCB in the Fair Employment Commission. As the Solicitor and Secretary to the Commission, Fiona was responsible for management and administrative matters. She therefore has a wealth of practical experience of dealing with public administration and management. Fiona has been described in the Chambers UK legal directory as a “leader in the field” of employment law and as “an expert in human rights and anti-discrimination law, as exemplified by her involvement in the drafting of Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act.
Emma-Jane Flannery Partner
Emma-Jane is Employment Law Partner at Arthur Cox and has twelve years’ experience advising on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. She has particular expertise dealing with disciplinary and grievance matters and tribunal claims involving unfair dismissals, constructive dismissals and discrimination matters.
Ciara Fulton Senior Partner
Jones Cassidy Brett
Ciara Fulton is a Senior Partner in Jones Cassidy Brett, a niche employment law firm based in Belfast, which is renowned for its expertise in employment and equality law.
Paul Gillen Partner
Paul Gillen is a Partner in the employment & pensions team at Pinsent Masons LLP. Beginning his career in Human Resource Management, he spent more than 10 years working in a variety of HR roles including retail, construction, civil engineering, manufacturing and distribution.
Laura Gillespie Partner
Laura Gillespie is a partner in the litigation & dispute resolution team and is based in Pinsent Masons' Belfast office. She handles a wide range of commercial disputes, to include contractual disputes, fraud, land disputes, judicial review and professional negligence. Laura is a specialist in regulatory compliance, helping clients navigate through regulatory enforcement such as Data Protection, Environmental & Waste, Health & Safety, Modern Slavery and Internal Investigations for bribery and fraud. Laura is recognised in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
Beverley Jones Partner
Jones Cassidy Brett
Beverley’s experience has been gained both in private practice and in a statutory body. Whilst her private sector experience was broad, she developed a specialism in employment and equality law. In London at Bindman & Partners this included both race and sex discrimination litigation. Bindman's were legal advisors to the Commission for Racial Equality. Thereafter at the Equal Opportunities Commission for Northern Ireland Beverley specialised in sex discrimination law.
Rosemary Lundy Partner
Rosemary Lundy is a partner in the Employment Law Group of the Arthur Cox Belfast Office in Northern Ireland. Rosemary has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, with a particular specialism in equality, having worked as in house legal adviser with the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland before joining Arthur Cox.
Rosemary contributes to Legal Island’s “First Tuesday” email service and regularly writes articles for a variety of publications.
Mark McAllister Senior Employment Relations Manager
Labour Relations Agency
Mark McAllister is a Senior Employment Relations Manager with the LRA and part-time lecturer in Law. He specialises in dispute prevention and joint working. Mark is the Northern Ireland Convenor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is an accredited mediator. He is a member of the employment lawyers group and the Industrial law Society and is a regular speaker on the employment law circuit and contributor to employment law publications.
Eileen McBride President
Eileen McBride graduated from Queen’s University in 1978. She was admitted to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1979 where she specialised in Matrimonial/Family Law and Employment Law. She was appointed Chairman of the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals in 1994 and President in 2005. Awarded CBE in 2010.
Seamus McGranaghan Partner
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
Seamus McGranaghan qualified as a Solicitor in O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors in 2003 and practices mainly in the areas of education and employment law. Seamus has assisted and advised many Boards of Governors, Senior Management Teams and Teachers in relation to all aspects of education and employment law.
Orlagh O'Neill Partner
Orlagh O'Neill is a Partner and Head of the Employment Team at Carson McDowell Solicitors in Belfast. She advises mainly employer clients on a wide range of employment issues and has acted for some of Northern Ireland's largest employers including Royal Mail and BT. Orlagh is also Treasurer of the Employment Lawyers Group.
Maxine Orr Partner
Maxine heads up the Employment Law Team. She is highly recognised and respected for her commercially sound and practical approach to employment law matters and has over 20 years’ experience in the employment law field. Maxine advises and represents employers both in the public and private sector on all aspects of employment law. Not only is she a regular speaker and writer on employment law matters through articles in the Ulster Tatler, Ulster Business and Belfast Telegraph she is also an accredited Mediator and a Tutor in Employment Law at Queen’s University Institute of Professional Legal Studies.
Rachel Penny Partner
Rachel is a Partner in the firm's Employment Team. She is a graduate of Cambridge University and completed her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York.
Rachel's experience straddles both contentious and non-contentious employment law for a wide range and size of clients. Rachel has particular expertise in advising on TUPE and other employment matters in corporate transactions and mergers, including public sector reorganisations.
Gareth Walls Partner
Gareth Walls is a partner in A&L Goodbody, one of the leading law firms in Ireland, and heads the Employment department in Belfast. Gareth has more than 15 years experience practising as a specialist employment lawyer and has built a strong reputation for excellence in his contentious and non-contentious practice within employment law, notably on discrimination matters in the Fair Employment Tribunal but also in TUPE advices and corporate support. Gareth acts for a wide variety of employer clients whether they be new investors into Northern Ireland, or well established entities in the private and the public sectors advising on re-structuring issues, the internal application of policies and procedures, and grievance and disciplinary matters.