Essential Employment Law for Charity Leadership

16 May 2023
All charity leaders should have a robust knowledge of employment law to ensure employees are managed fairly and effectively. This course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the key employment laws and regulations around topics such as recruitment, diversity and inclusion, disciplinary issues, working from home policies and much more.


  • Joanne Oliver

    Partner , VWV

    Jo advises on all areas of employment law in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters. She supports business, charities and educational institutions in navigating
    complex employment challenges including TUPE transfers, restructures, workplace disputes, trade union relations, employee exits and employment tribunal claims.

    Jo has a genuine enthusiasm for employment law and problem solving. By taking a commercial and pragmatic approach to resolving difficult and often sensitive issues, Jo has a track record of achieving successful outcomes for her clients. She works closely with clients to understand their organisation and objectives before tailoring her advice to meet their specific needs.

    Jo is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and regularly provides training on topical employment and HR issues. In her spare time she enjoys sailing and travel.

  • Lorna Scully

    Senior Associate , VWV

    Lorna specialises in providing employment law advice to clients in the public, private and third sector, in particular to schools and charities.

    Lorna has over 10 years experience acting on both contentious and non contentious matters, regularly preparing, reviewing and advising on contracts of employment, policies, procedures, settlement agreements, and providing advice and assistance in dealing with disciplinary and grievance issues.

    Lorna has provided employment support on numerous academy conversions. She also has a particular interest in TUPE and business reorganisations and has significant expertise in conducting complex employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal disputes, including representing at the Tribunal, where she is an experienced advocate.


An introduction to the course and course objectives
Recruitment and employment contracts
  • Statutory obligations and requirement to issue a contract
  • Safer recruitment and safeguarding
Employment, diversity and inclusion
  • Protected characteristics
  • Wider diversity issues
Managing grievance and disciplinary issues
  • Overview of fair process
  • Managing appeals
Making changes to the workforce
  • Changing contract terms -how to do it
  • Working from home and hybrid working
  • Redundancies - overview of fair process
Case Update
  • The latest updates


(prices exc VAT)

Governance & Leadership charity subscriber - £119

Standard charity rate - £159

Corporate Governance & Leadership subscriber- £300

Corporate delegate- £400

For group bookings email [email protected] 

Terms & Conditions

Substitution and cancellation policy: On receipt of your booking form, your place is confirmed. Delegate substitutions are allowed. Up to and including 14 days prior to the event, a refund (less a 15% administration fee), or one complimentary transfer to another training date can be issued. Only one complimentary transfer can be issued, no refund will be issued for a cancelled transfer.  Once a transfer has been processed, refund for the original booking will not be issued. Refunds or transfers are not available less than 14 days before the event date. Confirmation of cancellations MUST be in writing and sent or faxed to Civil Society Media at 15 Prescott Place, London, SW4 6BS 020 7819 1200 (fax: 020 7819 1210).