Love contracts, discrimination and case law updates: all covered in this year’s Employment Law Seminar

Our 21st annual employment law seminar, organised in partnership with Hegarty Solicitors LLP, was a huge success earlier this week on Tuesday 26 September.

Held at Holiday Inn West, the seminar proved very popular with 200 delegates from 130 local businesses.



The headline topic of this year’s seminar was covered by Hegarty employment law specialist, Martin Bloom, and tackled the potential legal implications for office romances:


“Close working relationships can lead to a happier and more productive workplace but there are differing views however on whether such friendships are a good or bad thing,” Martin Bloom told delegates.


A survey in January 2012 found that 71 per cent of employed people between 18 and 29 saw a workplace relationship as having positive effects. However, a further survey in February 2015 found that one in five employees who had dated a colleague at work said it had created tensions with fellow workers.


“Employers may have a different view. Such relationships may distract the work of the employees involved but also their colleagues. There may be reputational damage if employees behave inappropriately at work. A major risk is the possibility of discriminatory treatment occurring during or following the breakdown of any relationship giving potential rise to claims of discrimination and harassment,” added Martin.

Tim Thompson, Hegarty Solicitors partner, also delved into discrimination in the workplace by association and perception, with Martin Bloom offering a case law update from the last 12 months.

The feedback from the event has already been incredibly positive, with the city’s HR partners finding Tim and Martin’s employment law expertise hugely valuable. You can read some of the feedback below:


2017 Seminar breakfast“I always look forward to this event, and as always the seminar was organised exceptionally by Anne Corder. Martin & Tim were very engaging and I personally found the topics very informative and I came away with a lot of knowledge and more motivated. Thank you, can’t wait for next years!”
Lisa Manning, BGL Group Ltd

“Thoroughly enjoyable – as always.”
Michaela Bryan, e4education

“Enjoyed the informative and entertaining #ACRSeminar2017 this morning with @ACRPeterborough and @HegartyLLP at @HolidayInn_PTBO.”
Raphael Frascogna, Hotel Chocolat

“Very informative seminar today – some very important things to think of and consider! #ACRSeminar2017.”
Matt Cornah, MM UK

“I always enjoy and appreciate these events, it gives me an opportunity to update my knowledge and catch up with the team.”
Alison Trotter, CIPS

“An extremely professionally run, slick, knowledge-sharing and worthwhile experience.”
Gill Gilbert, Agricultural Industries Confederation

If you would like any more information about our annual employment law seminar please email