Employment & HR for Independent Schools

Acas Education Forum: South West - Bristol - 06.11.2019

Acas and Stone King LLP are pleased to announce a new series of Acas Education Forum workshops for HR professionals, Business Managers and members of a Governing Body and/or Trust Board. The Forum, now in its second year, will be hosting a series of workshops centred on 'Defending an Employment Tribunal Claim' - we are inviting you to join us.

Across the series, Employment Law Specialist James Barratt and Acas Trainer Mike Fenn, will equip you with the required skills to place yourself in the strongest position to prepare and assist you in defending and winning a Tribunal claim. 

Workshop - Defending an Employment Tribunal Claim

The first workshop will cover (6 November):

  • ACAS Pre-Conciliation; process and time limits
  • Drafting the Employer’s defence
  • Preliminary applications and Tribunal Orders
  • Disclosure exercises, drafting witness statements, bundle preparation

Our second workshop will cover (date to be confirmed): 

  • Settlements
  • The Tribunal Hearing  
  • Giving Evidence
  • Judgements
  • Cost applications 
Date & Location

Wednesday 6 November 

Mercure Bristol Holland House,
Redcliffe Hill,


10.00am:    Registration and refreshments
10:30am:    Introductions
10:45am:    Seminar starts
12.00pm:    Seminar ends (followed by networking)


James Barratt | Mike Fenn (Acas)


This event is free of charge. 

Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.

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Of particular note to employers and employees are the principles that apply to an Ofsted inspection relating to how schools consider staff well-being and on staff supervision within schools.

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Vento Bands:

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