Employment law has taken centre stage during the Covid-19 pandemic, as businesses seek advice on working safety, government initiatives such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and the effect of restructurings and redundancies on employees.
But the sensation of being at the sharp end of developments is nothing new for employment lawyers, whose practice is particularly sensitive to wider events.
From the #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo movements, to growing awareness of mental health, when there is change there is demand for employment law advice. That is being seen currently with increased focus on equality and diversity policies and initiatives, and reinterpretation of disability discrimination to accommodate claims relating to mental as well as physical health.
Brexit is another area generating a lot of employment work, as the status of EU nationals in the UK shifts to accommodate new immigration rules.
And then there are the ebbs and flows of the economy to contend with – a buoyant environment where there are a lot of mergers & acquisitions creates a need for employment law advice as the new entities take shape and/or as businesses grow and look to invest; while a slower economy is typically associated with a rise in restructuring/ right sizing exercises andemployment law disputes.
On Wednesday 21 October Legal Cheek is partnering with Burges Salmon for a virtual event for students interested in employment law. During a panel discussion chaired by a Legal Cheek journalist we’ll be hearing from the firm’s lawyers about all the different aspects of employment law work being thrown up during 2020 and getting their views on what challenges the years ahead will bring.
Also on the agenda will be the skills that make a good employment lawyer and advice for students hoping to specialise in this area in the future.
There will then be virtual networking with the speakers, Burges Salmon trainees and members of the firm’s graduate recruitment team.
Apply to attend. You’ll be asked to submit a CV and two questions for the panel.