Whether working in a small or large practice this forum provides a focused mix of strategic insight and practical solutions on current HR and staffing issues specific to law firms.

Delivered by expert speakers, with more speakers each session this year to provide even livelier presentations, this event is designed to place you ahead of the competition in law firm management and will provide up to the minute strategies and lots of practical guidance ready to implement on your return to your firms.

Networking with others dealing with similar issues is an integral part of the HR Forum. 

This year we have plenary sessions led by hands-on experts covering:

  • Recruitment and retention - the current hot topic for all firms
  • Absence management - including shared parental leave
  • Employment law - the latest cases and decisions affecting law firm HR
  • Managing social media - the bearpit!

We will also have workshops on key current areas including:

  • Incentivising your staff - bonuses, benefits, and new ideas
  • The case for flexible working - what is new?

The day will end with a lively Q&A covering hot topics for 2016 with our expert panel.


09:30 – 10:00 Registration, refreshments, networking and exhibition

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and introduction 

10:10 – 11:00 Plenary 1 - Recruitment and retention - the current hot topic for all firms
Speakers: Michelle Parry-Slater, Learning and Development director, Kairos Modern Learning 

11:00 – 11:50  Plenary 2 - Absence management - including shared parental leave
Speakers: Joanne Perry, associate, joint head of Employment, Sherrards Solicitors

11:50 – 12:10  Refreshments, networking and exhibition

12:10 – 13:00  Plenary 3 - Employment law - the latest cases and decisions affecting law firm HR
Speakers: Alison Downie, partner, Goodman Derrick LLP and member, Law Management Section Committee

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch, networking and exhibition

14:00 – 14:50 Concurrent workshops 
Delegates to choose one from the following two options:

A1: Incentivising your staff - bonuses, benefits, and new ideas

A2: The case for flexible working: what is new?
Speaker: Jessica Chivers, founder, The Talent Keeper Specialists 

14:50 – 15:40 Plenary 5 - Managing social media - the bearpit!

15:40 – 16:00 Refreshments, networking and exhibition

16:00 – 16:30 Finale: Expert panel quickfire - HR hot topics for 2016
Speakers from the forum and other invited experts will give their hot topic predictions for the next 12 months.

16:30 – 16:35 Summary and close

*Please note the programme may be subject to change.

Who should attend?

  • Managing partners
  • Senior partners
  • Associate/senior solicitor
  • Practice managers overseeing HR strategy and staffing
  • HR professionals in legal sector
  • HR advisors to law firms.