This is the fourth seminar in our 'managing people and behaviours in chambers' event series designed to help with chambers people management and establish positive cultures and practices in chambers.

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2 December 2024, 17:00 - 19:00
Event Type
Chambers management

This online seminar is designed to build on the knowledge you will have gained throughout our new 'managing people and behaviours in chambers' event series.

Gain the confidence to conduct effective and robust investigations and disciplinary processes that align with your statutory and regulatory duties and learn how to navigate the potential and outcomes.

Why attend

  • Refresh your knowledge of the minimum regulatory and legislative duties relating to your workforce.
  • Learn how to handle grievances made against members of your workforce and effectively apply the ACAS Code of Practice to your disciplinary and grievance procedures.
  • Get practical advice on how to establish and conduct a fair investigative process and manage associated periods of suspension.
  • Develop an understanding of how to hold effective disciplinary meetings and the types of outcomes that can be applied in practice.
    • The panel might cover: (i) Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation; (ii) occupational health reports and coaching, including for individuals with specific needs such as those who are neurodiverse; and (iii) Termination, including unfair dismissal.
  • Learn how to safeguard the wellbeing of those involved in a grievance or disciplinary process.
  • Improve your understanding of the potential liabilities when things go wrong.

Who should attend

  • Heads and deputy heads of chambers, and members of chambers management committees.
  • Heads and deputy heads of other committees and steering groups in chambers.
  • Chief executives, chief operating officers, chambers directors, and other chambers professionals with responsibility for personnel and/or line management.
  • Senior clerks and senior practice managers, and other clerks or practice managers with line management responsibility in chambers.


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Alexander Dunlop (LLB (Hons), PGDip, MCIArb), Partner at ADR Resolutions LLP

Alexander Dunlop (LLB (Hons), PGDip, MCIArb) is a Partner at ADR Resolutions LLP and a specialist in dispute resolution. Alex has over ten years experience as a mediator, trainer, neutral, consultant and investigator. In particular Alex has designed and developed bespoke systems (and the policy suites) that embed dispute resolution in organisations reducing workplace conflict. Alex’s client base includes regulatory bodies, banking and financial sectors, public sector, charity sector, media industry and the pharmaceutical industry, both domestically and internationally. Alex has worked with organisations including Intellectual Property Office (IPO), European Patent Office (EPO), Greater London Authority (GLA), BBC, Metropolitan Police, NHS, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Law Society, and British Medical Authority (BMA).

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Sarah Earl, Chambers Director at Old Square Chambers

Sarah Earl is Chambers Director at Old Square Chambers, having joined the set 10 years ago. Sarah has 20 years’ overall experience in people management, both in the chambers environment and the private sector. During that time, Sarah has managed teams of individuals across various roles of up to 65 individuals and has in almost all instances been responsible for undertaking what has traditionally been known as ‘Human Resources’ functions. These responsibilities range from conducting investigations, undertaking grievance meetings and disciplinary hearings and hearing appeals, to recruitment, informal mediation, absence management and restructures.

Further speakers to be confirmed.

Ticket options

Standard ticket
  • Single session: £90
  • This session and one other: £145
  • All four sessions: £220
BRF subscriber
  • Single session: £72
  • This session and one other: £115
  • All four sessions: £175
Annual chambers management package
  • Single session: 2 credit hours
  • This session and one other: 3 credit hours
  • All four sessions: 6 credit hours


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All Bar Council online training is held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Please ensure you read our Zoom statement before booking.

Handling challenging behaviour amongst barristers in chambers

The first event in the series will explore real-life scenarios and help you develop an approach to handling challenging behaviours. 

Introduction to employee management in chambers

The second event in the series introduces you to the basics of people management.

Advanced employee (and pupil barrister) management in chambers

The third event in the chambers series helps you develop a more sophisticated approach to behavioural management and reduce the associated risks.

Chambers Management enquiry service

The Chambers Management enquiry service provides guidance and assistance on issues relating to chambers management to practising barristers and chambers professionals.

Policies and procedures for chambers

Find the policies and procedures your chambers needs in place to ensure regulatory and legislative compliance, and the resources that will help you to implement them.

Annual Chambers Management package

The Bar Council’s bespoke package of training, services and resources for chambers professionals

Chambers Management Panel

Find out more about the Bar Council’s work to support barristers and chambers professionals with the effective management of chambers

The Annual Chambers Management package

This training session is available as part of the Bar Council's Annual Chambers Membership package. Chambers membership gives you access to a range of training and support throughout the year, chosen to suit your needs. Find out more about the package.

In-chambers training

We can offer this training in-chambers, including at chambers on the circuits. Please contact our Training and Events team for information on dates and pricing.  

Paperless training packs

To minimise environmental impact and the amount of paper you have to carry with you, Bar Council training packs are paperless. As a delegate you will receive the materials you need for the training by email in advance, which you can access on your laptop or tablet or print in advace if required. 
Throughout the training, there will be references to various Bar Council guidance or external documents which are included as a hyperlink within the attendee workbook.

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