A lively and interactive course containing all the key issues that are most prominent in these areas of law this year, particularly aimed at accountants and their SME clients. The course content will be topical and is likely to include the following points, updated to include any key cases or legislative reform occurring prior to the course date

Employment Law Update

  • Employment status and IR35 development
  • Minimum wage and working time updated, along with holidays for part timers and the impact of Harpur v Brazel Trust
  • Implementing hybrid working – guidance
  • Restructuring the workforce – a look at redundancy, hire and fire and related issues
  • Sickness and disability – amendments to SSP and new cases on disability discrimination
  • General unlawful discrimination update
  • Banter v Harassment – telling the difference and dealing with the fallout..
  • Grievances – what are they and how should they be handled?
  • Key legislative changes including reform of restrictive covenants and expansion of voluntary reporting framework. 

Company Law

  • Directors’ duties – new developments including Carlyle
  • Personal liability for directors – impact of The FA 2020 and other matters
  • Key cases in the last 12 months including practical tips on valuation clauses and changes to articles of association
  • Unfair prejudice – developments for minority shareholders
  • Insolvency law reform
  • Companies House changes – what to expect
  • Selling a Business – a checklist

Other Business Law

  • The new register of overseas entities – is it any good?
  • Reform of restrictive covenants and recent case law
  • Recent developments in professional negligence
  • GDPR – anything new?


Recorded on 13 December 2022.



Louise Dunford

I have been continuously involved in training and consultancy since 1987 and am a qualified barrister. I provide advice and assistance to employers through a consultancy company, CompleteHR Ltd, and have also engaged in CPD training for most of the national accountancy training bodies and district societies in the UK for many years. I am involved in management training, particularly in employment and HR, for many large multinational and national commercial companies. I have also worked as an occasional associate senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, mainly on the MBA, MA Personnel Management and MA Business Law. I have published academic papers in refereed journals, chiefly on employment status and corporate manslaughter.