Employment Barrister Guest Speaker on CIPD North East HR Pathfinders Webinar

Trinity Employment Barrister, James McHugh will be a guest speaker at a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) North East Branch Webinar taking place between 10am and 12 noon on Friday 5th June 2020.

The webinar session entitled "HR Pathfinders - HR 2020 and beyond" is targeted at the region's HR professionals and its aim is to provide support and resources to the sector with contributions from a range of specialist areas and experts.

There will be an initial panel discussion including senior operational leaders from across a range of sectors. They will share their thoughts and insight around the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and what lies ahead for businesses. James will be exploring the employment law challenges facing businesses during the COVID - 19 crisis, including issues surrounding furlough and the Government's Job Retention Scheme. This will be followed by virtual breakout sessions.

Joining James on the panel will be:

  • David Blackburn, Chief People Officer Financial Services Compensation Scheme
  • Sarah Dewar, Director of People at Connect Health
  • Craig McManus, HR Advisor, Newcastle Airport
  • Lynn Perry, People Director at END

For further details and to book please click here or email

In response to the implications of the Coronavirus pandemic, Trinity's Employment team can provide a comprehensive range of pragmatic and cost effective services for the benefit of clients, including remote working, as follows:

  • (Early) Neutral Evaluation (ENE/NE)
    Trinity offers a quick, cost effective and easy to use online dispute resolution service. Trinity Chambers can undertake either NE/ENE depending on the stage the case has reached. Trinity Chambers boasts a range of experienced practitioners, including part-time judges and a well-regarded former employment judge, who can provide clear (non-binding) guidance on case outcomes enabling parties to attempt to settle cases which will otherwise take a considerable time to reach a hearing.
  • Mediation
    An established form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Trinity Chambers’ team of former and part time judges and qualified mediators are happy to provide this cost effective and swift mechanism for resolving employment disputes at any stage.
  • Preliminary Hearings – case management, substantive and costs hearings
    All of Trinity Chamber’s Employment Team members are available for all remote preliminary hearings in the Tribunal, by telephone or video link. Trinity is happy to assist Solicitors and Tribunals in ensuring video hearings run smoothly and effectively, both locally and nationally.
  • Employment Final Hearings (liability and remedy)
    Trinity's barristers have been involved in piloting and delivering mock video trials and are comfortable and proficient in conducting trials remotely.
  • Barristers Surgeries/Advisory Work
    In these times of remote working fee earners and team members may need additional support and assistance as they are inevitably more isolated from libraries, colleagues and other legal resources. Trinity is happy to offer a surgery service where your teams or team members can make an appointment to “pick the brains” of Counsel. 

Trinity Chambers’ Employment and Clerking team are more than happy to spend some time discussing the various options available, the process, technical requirements and likely fees. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the clerking team who are operating a full service. The clerks can be contacted at or by telephone on 0191 232 1927. 

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