29th Jun, 2017

The period immediately after a merger is the critical time when the newly structured organisation must successfully deliver and manage change. HR professionals have a key role to play in ensuring the legal process runs smoothly whilst engaging positively with the employees and the recognised trade unions.

This workshop is designed to support the HR function post- merger and provide legal advice on areas including achieving efficiencies, savings and restructures, designing terms and conditions and policies that are fit for purpose, whilst maintaining morale.

The topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Achieving cultural change whilst protecting values
  • The important role of HR
  • Implementing a new structure
  • Making efficiencies including redundancies
  • Changing terms and conditions
  • Relocating employees/multiple site working
  • Engagement with trade unions and impact of collective agreements
  • Contracting for services

This workshop, delivered by Bates Wells Braithwaite, will draw upon the various speakers’ extensive experience in working with Further Education colleges.

Objectives of the day

By attending this workshop, delegates will

  • deepen their understanding of the challenges involved in delivering and managing change following merger
  • update their knowledge of the impact of TUPE
  • learn how to deliver changes that are not related to the merger
  • develop approaches to handling difficult conversations with trade unions
  • identify steps that can be taken to improve employee engagement whilst achieving organisational efficiencies
  • consider options for rationalising terms and conditions


  • attendees will build their awareness of the challenges ahead post-merger and how to prepare for them
  • they will gain an up to date understanding of the impact of TUPE
  • they will develop confidence in tackling difficult post-merger issues with trade unions and employees





AoC Member = £299.00 + VAT (£358.80)

Non-Member (College/Public Sector) = £350 + VAT (£420.00)

(Refreshments and lunch included)


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9.30 registration and coffee

10.00 workshop starts

16.00 workshop ends

William Garnett

William is ranked as a leading individual in respect of employment law, by both national directories and his practice spans the widest range of clientele from professional partnerships to corporates, household name charities and senior individuals. His work encompasses negotiation of contractual terms, whistleblower claims, transfers, restrictive covenants, employment related shareholder/boardroom disputes, breach of contract, unfair dismissal and the widest range of discrimination disputes. William is always focused on the pragmatic resolution of disputes.

Lucy Mclynn

Lucy is Head of Employment and Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite and is ranked by Chambers UK legal directory as a ‘Leader in Employment’. Lucy is ranked by Chambers UK legal directory as a ‘Leader in Employment’, and recommended by the Legal 500 directory. She is a regular advocate in the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, including in numerous reported cases, acting for both employers and employees. She conducted the case of Coleman v Attridge Law, which established the principle of associative discrimination under UK law.

Louise Rea

Louise is an experienced Tribunal advocate and has successfully represented both Claimants and Respondents. Louise also has significant experience as a legal trainer; in particular, delivering a large-scale training project for WM Morrison Supermarkets. Louise joined the Employment department at Bates Wells Braithwaite in January 2014.