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Eversheds Sutherland training and events

Eversheds Sutherland provide thought-leading briefings and conferences, as well as core courses, to help practitioners develop their understanding of law and regulation in the workplace. We work with independent experts and government agencies to help organisations understand new legal requirements prior to implementation dates. We also aim to help delegates with their own personal professional development and to encourage better practice.

In addition, we provide a wide selection of free breakfast briefings, events and webinars. 

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Upcoming events, webinars and training

  • Advanced employee investigation interview skills and tactics

    In recognition of the rising expectations judges have of an employer's investigation process and documentation, and the ever increasing complexity of some employee investigations, more and more organisations are recognising that the conduct of investigations is a specialist role, and developing in-house teams of dedicated management investigators.
  • Alternatives 4 Children (A4C) UK launch

    We are delighted to invite you to the official launch of the UK chapter of Alternatives 4 Children (A4C), the highly successful Dutch charity on Tuesday 4 June 2019.
  • An introduction to Trans-National Agreements

    This session will cover an introduction to academic collaborations and contracts with international agents. We will also cover topics such as due diligence, common clauses, local advice and what to do when things go wrong.
  • Apprenticeship Employer Agreements

    This session will cover an introduction to these agreements and the ESFA Funding rules which underpin them. We will also cover topics such as:
  • Avoiding victimisation

    Every experienced HR professional will have to deal with a disgruntled employee who cannot move on from an incident, or disappointment, at work. A fair grievance process may have been followed and a thorough investigation held, but some employees simply cannot get over an outcome. This workshop provides a safe space to talk about the warning signs and the steps you can take.
  • Belgian employment law training

    An employer found guilty of discrimination by a Belgian court can face a sentence of up to one year in prison. There is no concept of redundancy in Belgium and no concept of unfair dismissal either.
  • Bereavement, grief and work: support and adjustment

    “Take as long as you need...”. There is lots of evidence of good practice in the handling of bereavement in the workplace. Work can be therapeutic or a final straw. Every case is different. Length of service, seniority, past record, and the empathy level and influence of a line manager often affect an organisation’s response. So, too, do the circumstances of the death, raising questions about consistency of treatment.
  • Business immigration update - UK visa sponsorship and licence management

    Post freedom of movement, it is even more important for UK-based employers, who cannot meet their staff needs from the local workforce, to obtain and maintain a sponsor licence to support non-EEA recruitment. This is an essential course for HR and recruitment professionals with Tier 2 or Tier 5 responsibilities. Knowledge of the points-based system is assumed.
  • Central and Eastern European HR: Employment law in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia

    The Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries have distinctive employment law frameworks which an increasing number of HR practitioners and inhouse lawyers must come to terms with.
  • Challenging the regulators - appeal, complaint or Judicial Review - what next?

    Complex regulation is already a fact of life for any institution but in 2019 we can expect the OfS new powers to really start to shape the sector. The dynamics between an institution and its regulators can be complicated but getting the relationship right is ever more critical for any institution to thrive.
  • Charity law for educational institutions

    In this session we will cover key charity issues for institutions including:
  • Colleagues with cancer - Corporate compassion

    More people recover from cancer now (and other serious conditions) and remaining in, or returning to, work may be an important part of a patient’s desire for normal life. The term ‘cancer’ covers more than 100 distinct diseases, each of which has varying symptoms and prospects for recovery. Prolonged treatments may cause fatigue, body change, risk of infection and nausea. Recovery can take a long time and the ability to resume work varies.
  • Dealing with student/staff sexual harassment allegations

    The education sector is under increasing scrutiny in respect of how it responds to allegations of sexual harassment and assault and the strategies and arrangements institutions have in place generally to prevent such conduct.
  • Delivering successful campus development projects - effectively risk managing the pitfalls

    In an increasingly global market quality and innovation in campus facilities can be a key differential for any institution. It attracts talent and promotes the brand. But developing state of the art buildings to live and learn on campus is a complex business. Every development is unique and has its own issues to protect but successfully delivering on time and on budget requires careful structured planning to eliminate and mitigate potential risk.
  • Driving for work: GPS, police and law

    Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do. Every year 500 people are killed, and 5,000 seriously injured, in collisions involving people driving for work.* Employers must be able to show that they manage all of their drivers, including those who use their own vehicles. Drivers must be properly trained, fit, licensed, business-use insured and all vehicles must be fit for purpose.
  • Dutch employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    It is commonly believed that it is difficult and expensive to terminate an employment contract in the Netherlands. Employee rights are well protected under Dutch law, especially in dismissal cases, but employers are able to swiftly adjust staff levels in their company to changes, for example a fluctuation in workload. A wide variety of options are available for employers to hire people in a flexible manner provided that the rules are used properly.
  • Employee investigations

    Employment tribunals expect employers to show that they have undertaken a fair and thorough investigation of complaints. This investigation can be time-consuming and complicated. However, if carried out early and correctly, an investigation should contain a problem and minimise distraction from the business.
  • Essential employment law for HR professionals

    HR professionals and managers need to understand the legal framework that underpins the employment relationship.
  • Essential immigration law for employers

    Increasing compliance activity, the Government’s commitment to a net migration target and Brexit make it crucial that employers have a clear understanding of right to work issues. This course covers the UK immigration system, in the context of the employment life cycle, the areas of law that apply and competing risks and penalties.
  • Essentials for academy clerks and company secretaries

    • Company secretarial workshop – knowing your way around the academy articles; how to appoint and remove trustees; how to convene meetings and take decisions; how to amend your articles of association; annual filings and other company law requirements
  • European HR: cross-border employment law

    Managing teams of people is challenging at the best of times. Working across European borders is even more difficult due to cultural and legal differences.
  • General conveyancing update for education

    In this session we will update you on the recent legislative developments and case law which the education sector needs to know about.
  • German employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Germany is a major trading partner for many countries throughout the world, not to mention the most important single market in the European Union.
  • Handling complex, reputationally sensitive and high value disputes – tactics and pitfalls

    Running a university or Higher Education Institution is an increasingly complicated business – and the sector is facing a time of unprecedented change. With change and complexity comes risk; legal, financial and reputational. Some risks can be avoided, but others will require management as they arise. And in an age of 24 hour media, disputes can spiral out of control very quickly. So having clear strategies to minimise the fallout for your institution will be critical.
  • Health & safety summer school 2019 - complacency

    Every year the HSE finds fault with well-respected, well-resourced, well-intentioned employers who are sanctioned for failing to manage ‘business as usual’ risks. Complacency is one of the most common causes of injuries in compliant organisations. Its impact is often exaggerated when combined with rushing, frustration or fatigue. How do you encourage safety engagement in environments where the risks appear low or where there has not been a recent incident?
  • HR summer school: Great place to work?

    Is your organisation really a great place to work…. for older, younger or all people? Does your reputation attract? Do people stay in your organisation… and go the extra mile? Do your leaders think about the link between organisational performance and employee experience when making key decisions?
  • Introduction to UAE employment law (excluding DIFC)

    There is a common misconception that employees in this region have few employment rights.
  • Investigating and managing sexual harassment complaints - latest developments and key legal issues

    The issue of sexual harassment continues to be high profile with widespread local, national and international coverage across multiple sectors and jurisdictions. This has included widespread discussion and analysis of the issue in the education sector and an examination of how institutions currently deal with such allegations and whether their current practices and policies are fit for purpose.
  • Irish employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    The Irish and UK legal systems have many similarities. However, in an employment context those similarities can be deceptive.
  • Job stress - reduction and inspection

    Stressed employees are unhappy and unhappy employees make mistakes, are absent or leave. Some people seek out, and thrive in, work situations that would stifle or overwhelm another, and some of these people burnout.
  • Key learnings: A Real Estate training programme

    The Eversheds Sutherland Real Estate Dispute Resolution Training Programme is a comprehensive course of training sessions aimed at all members of your team. The objective is to provide focused training on core issues with a view to enhancing knowledge of these topics and assisting your team to provide a top quality service to your colleagues and clients.
  • Key learnings: A Real Estate training programme (Manchester)

    The objective is to provide focused training on core issues with a view to enhancing knowledge of these topics and assisting your team to provide a top quality service to your colleagues and clients.
  • Managing student accommodation contracts

    Accommodation is at the heart of the student experience. In addition student wellbeing can be greatly affected by living conditions, so getting the accommodation strategy right is key to an institution’s reputation for delivering successful student living and learning. In an increasingly cost conscious environment, this can be a key differentiator when students are choosing between institutions.
  • Navigating global challenges: Helping you succeed in a world of business uncertainty - Chicago

    Join us for a compelling interview with David Chmiel, world-renowned geopolitical adviser, speaker and commentator. David will draw upon his experience, as both an international affairs adviser and former cross-border lawyer, to explore current geopolitical events and their impact on business.
  • Navigating global challenges: Helping you succeed in a world of business uncertainty - New Jersey

    Join us for a compelling interview with David Chmiel, world-renowned geopolitical adviser, speaker and commentator. David will draw upon his experience, as both an international affairs adviser and former cross-border lawyer, to explore current geopolitical events and their impact on business.
  • Non-disclosure agreements: Secrets at work?

    A non-disclosure agreement is designed to keep confidences but it is not signed in secret. HR, leaders and legal advisors know about them and so do the people involved. NDAs can be used to protect proprietary information and IP. They can be a useful tool for all sides in a dispute, preventing long-running, painful and costly battles and enabling swift settlement. Incorrectly or improperly drafted, they may reflect a power imbalance between an employer and an employee.
  • Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) employment law training

    Scandinavian countries have a shared history, a tradition of working together on legislative issues and a similar approach to welfare. Citizens of Nordic states can pass across each other’s borders and they understand each other’s language. But despite the similarity of legal structures and solutions, there are significant differences, to the extent that lawyers tend to specialise in one jurisdiction only.
  • Pensions this summertime: will the living be easy?

    Although Brexit has dominated the political landscape so far this year, there is still a steady stream of new legal, regulatory and policy developments for pension scheme trustees, sponsors and advisers to take on board.
  • Real Estate Training Programme

    Delivered by our market leading real estate disputes team, the Eversheds Sutherland Real Estate Training Programme is a comprehensive range of training sessions aimed primarily at junior and mid-level property professionals (although senior professionals often also attend and are always welcome!).
  • Restructuring - a guide to the key legal issues and practical considerations

    Restructuring is an important issue in the current economic climate. Institutions are facing uncertainty over the impact of Brexit on areas such research funding and student recruitment and fees, potential important changes to tuition fees and comments by the OfS to the effect that they will not “bail out” higher education providers who are in financial difficulty.
  • Short-term occupation

    This course will examine the different ways of documenting short-term arrangements with commercial occupiers and the traps for the unwary. We will cover leases, licences, the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 and the pitfalls of not documenting these arrangements properly
  • Skype webinar - An introduction to contracts – what to look out for when negotiating

    We will look at the legal essentials for a contract, tips on negotiating them and common clauses to understand.
  • Skype webinar - Compliance with Tier 2 sponsor obligations and update

    Education providers who employ or wish to employ non-EEA staff need to sponsor them, most likely under the Tier 2 (General) route.
  • Skype webinar - Compliance with Tier 4 sponsor obligations and update

    Education providers who teach or wish to teach non-EEA students need to be Tier 4 sponsor licence holders. Tier 4 has been subject to a number of recent changes and this trend is likely to continue, especially with the implications of Brexit and the changes that will happen to the immigration system as a result, which will probably result in the need to sponsor EEA students as well as those from outside the EEA.
  • Skype webinar - GDPR update for HR professionals

    We will be delivering a number of webinars/podcasts during the course of the year in relation to business critical issues or hot off the press developments.
  • Skype webinar - Hot Topics for HR

    We will be delivering a number of webinars/podcasts during the course of the year in relation to business critical issues or hot off the press developments.
  • Skype webinar - Income Strip leases

    Institutions are seeking innovative ways to fund and deliver their estates projects and to limit the levels of funding and development risk to which they are exposed. Projects utilising “income strip” models are proving to be an ideal vehicle for institutions and investors alike. In this session, we will examine the benefits and risks of this alternative funding model.
  • Skype webinar - Legal privilege in practice - how it’s won and lost and strategies for effective document management

    We’ll take a look at the rules around disclosure and privilege and discuss some practical strategies for effective document management. We’ll also look at the new disclosure pilot which affects the disclosure rules for many court cases with effect from 1 January 2019.
  • Skype Webinar - Pressure to perform – managing staff and student mental health in educational establishments

    Managing staff and students mental health in educational establishments can be extremely challenging.
  • Skype webinar - Protecting your IP when contracting with third parties – IP development and exploitation agreements

    In this webinar for education institutions we will consider:
  • Skype webinar - Residential update

    An update on recent changes affecting residential property, including the government’s current proposals in relation to ground rents and the recent changes to the HMO regime.
  • Skype webinar - Understanding dispute resolution mechanisms. Litigation or alternative dispute resolution - what are the options what are the differences?

    Alternative forms of dispute resolution are becoming ever more common. Encouraged by the courts and increasingly favoured by parties, options such as mediation, arbitration and adjudication are becoming more widely used. But what are the differences and what are the pros and cons? We’ll consider the options and also look at other settlement tactics including Part 36 and Calderbank offers; the factors which may influence tactics and what to use when.
  • Skype webinar -webinar Pension issues for colleges and academies

    This will be aimed at pensions managers, HR and FDs at colleges/academies. We will cover current topical pensions related matters such as TPS issues, outsourcings, use of subsidiary companies, mergers and academy transfers.
  • Skype webinar - What Brexit means for your non-UK national staff

    We will cover the latest position on howBrexit and the changes to the immigration rules impact upon your existing EU staff and your ability to recruit staff in the future – whether from within or outside the EU.
  • Skype webinar - What Brexit means for your non-UK national students

    We will cover the latest position on how Brexit and the changes to the immigration rules impact upon your existing EU students and your ability to recruit students in the future – whether from within or outside the EU.
  • Spanish employment law training - practical guidance and local insights

    Spanish and UK labour systems differ greatly. Spanish employment law is mainly based on the regulations contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement in force in the market sector. Sometimes a specific CBA can be negotiated for one company with the trade unions and employee representatives.
  • Stereotypes, bias and assumptions

    HR is a female dominated profession*. Does this tell us anything about diversity and inclusion generally and should you take positive action to address it?
  • Student Contracts and Consumer Law Compliance

    Higher education institutions and further education colleges continue to face close scrutiny in connection with the compliance of their student contracts with consumer law, not just from the Office for Students, Office of the Independent Adjudicator and Competition & Markets Authority but also from students who are increasingly aware of their consumer and contractual rights and ready to challenge institutions where they perceive they have not been afforded those rights
  • Tactics for dealing with small claims and litigants in person

    For any institution, litigation will come in many shapes and sizes. The value of claims can vary immensely and threats of court proceedings from litigants in person can be a common occurrence. Aside from all the usual strategic and tactical issues involved in effectively handling these sorts of claims, defending small claims brings with it specific additional considerations. So too those brought by an individual.
  • Topical student data protection issues:

    There are a number of key data sharing issues currently facing higher education institutions and further education colleges in the context of student welfare and duty of care. These issues raise important legal and reputational concerns for institutions at a time of increased scrutiny of the sector following the introduction of new UK data protection legislation and an increasing awareness by students of their privacy rights.
  • Trust-based pension schemes: trustee and employer responsibilities

    Pension trustees are required by law to be familiar with pensions and trust law, scheme funding and investment principles and their scheme’s governing documentation. This course is designed to give those with responsibility for trust-based pension schemes the knowledge needed to run their scheme more effectively.
  • TUPE: principles and practice

    Lawyers find TUPE laws complex and difficult, so it is not surprising that HR professionals do too. We consider the perspective of the outgoing employer in a TUPE transfer, the incoming employer, affected employees and the role of HR throughout.
  • Webinar - IP commercialisation for education institutions

    In this webinar we will cover: