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Protected Conversations – Salvation in the Face of Difficult UK Dismissals?
Course type
Course credits
1.0 credits
Course duration
60 minutes

Course Description
  • Under UK employment legislation there are several ways in which a difficult employment situation can create a risky departure scenario.
  • Whether the employee is choosing to leave of their own volition -but is clearly angry or upset, and therefore potentially litigious, or whether the employer is having to dismiss the employee but has concerns about litigation – either way the risk factor can be high with $100K damages the norm.
  • All UK employees with 24 months’ employment service are protected against dismissal at will.
  • A protected conversation is an “off the record” privileged conversation between an employer and employee by which an employer can initiate privileged pre-termination negotiations with an employee to explore the possibility of a consensual exit settlement agreement.
  • Protected conversations can be a swift and effective way to allow the parties an option to explore a consensual exit in a difficult employment situation, without a litigation risk or without invalidating a subsequent formal dismissal process.

Nic Hart Managing Partner of our London Office and Employment team is providing a training session on how and when to have a protected conversation, the risks that arise, the formalities required, and the use of settlement agreements.

If you would like to ask questions in advance, please send them in by Monday, May 1st to Bonnie Yi, Manager of the Duane Morris Institute.

Pending credits: 1.0 CA CLE; 1.2 NJ CLE; 1.0 NY CLE; 1.0 PA CLE; 1.0 HRCI; 1.0 SHRM
(Other states available for CLE credits upon request)

To pay by cheque for this programme, please fill out this Registration Form

Nonprofits: When registering, please use the promo code NPDiscount23 when adding this course to your cart to receive your 10% discount.


Field of Study
  • employment