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08 July 2021

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Out of Office: Exploring hybrid working policies


With many in private markets working from home over the past year and successfully finding ways to adapt and thrive, will we ever return to the office full time?

Now that expectations around home working have shifted, firms will need to find a balance between office and home working that allows them to meet their obligations as employers and ensure equality of opportunity for everyone.

With little in the way of precedent or consensus for such significant changes to working practices, we are moving into unchartered territory.

To help map the lay of the land, we’ve brought together legal, recruitment and HR professionals to explore issues ranging from managing performance and wellbeing remotely to recruiting and retaining employees with a new-found taste for hybrid working.  

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13:00 Welcome by Amy Abbott, Director of Events, BVCA

13:05 Panel discussion

13:45 Interactive Q&A

14:00 Webinar close 


Merrill April, Partner, CM Murray 

Merrill April is a Partner specialising in Employment and Partnership law.

Merrill has developed an international employment law practice which covers both contentious and non-contentious matters and has an excellent reputation for advising both senior executives and employers across a diverse client base, spanning key sectors such as financial services and technology, and including both listed and private companies.

Merrill advises UK PLCs on hires and departures at board level, and on contractual and other issues that arise throughout the employment relationship, including in relation to whistleblowing and data protection. Merrill has worked with a number of established private and growth companies to set up their employment and HR structures to support their businesses, working closely with HR consultants and in-house HR teams, finance directors and general counsel to achieve this objective. Merrill is experienced in conducting workplace investigations and in advising investigators, supporting them on common issues that arise including as regards the terms of reference, privilege and data protection matters.

Merrill’s litigator background underpins her knowledge and strategic approach in negotiations and allows her to represent clients in the High Court and in tribunal cases, including advising both employers and senior executives on contentious workplace disputes, high value severance negotiations and managing exits smoothly, and in complex partnership disputes. She has significant experience advising on partner discrimination claims, including for disability, sexual orientation discrimination and age discrimination in the context of retirement. She regularly advises partners on moves between professional accountancy and hedge fund businesses, including the enforcement of garden leave and restrictive covenants.

Merrill is recommended as a “Key Lawyer” for both Employment (Employer) and Employment (Senior Executive) by Legal 500 UK 2021 and is ranked in Band 5 for Employment (Employer) by Chambers and Partners UK 2021. She is noted “for her work advising employers, with expertise handling matters including senior-level departures and day-to-day HR matters. She is also experienced assisting senior executives in their employment matters.”

Beth Hale, Partner, CM Murray 

Beth Hale is a Partner specialising in Employment and Partnership law and also acts as General Counsel for the firm.

Beth is extremely well-regarded and has a particular strength in explaining and simplifying complex legal concepts. She has extensive experience advising employers and employees on all aspects of employment law with a particular specialism advising on misconduct and investigations, frequently involving multiple disciplines and jurisdictions. Beth provides day to day advice on HR and management issues, including drafting contracts and restrictive covenants, managing sickness absence, disciplinary and grievance procedures, whistleblowing issues and performance management. Beth is often instructed in relation to senior departures by both senior executives and employers. She is also experienced in representing clients in litigation in both the Employment Tribunal and the High Court.

In addition, Beth advises partners, partnerships, LLP members and LLPs on a wide range of issues including partner exits, discrimination, whistleblowing, expulsion and enforcement of restrictive covenants. She has significant experience advising professional services firms on partner misconduct issues, including investigations and disciplinary matters, often involving sexual harassment and featuring both criminal and regulatory issues.

Beth has advised clients in a number of sectors, including financial services, private equity, rail, charitable, retail and hospitality, accountancy and legal.

Beth is ranked in Band 3 for Employment (Senior Executive) by Chambers and Partners UK 2021 and is described as “absolutely excellent”, “fantastically knowledgeable and always able to see the bigger picture”. She is also recognised as a “Key Lawyer” by Legal 500 UK 2021, and was recommended as a “Global Leader” in Labour and Employment by Who’s Who Legal 2020.

Adrian Hutchings, Senior HR Director, Vitruvian Partners 

Adrian has more than 30 years of HR experience across Asset Management, Investment Banking and Private Equity. He currently works at Vitruvian Partners in London as Senior Director HR.

Gail McManus, Managing Director, PER 

Gail is the Managing Director and founder of PER, setting up the business in the late 1990s after a career in private equity at 3i.

As well as running PER, she is a passionate member of the private equity community and actively involved in developments that shape the sector. These currently range from the evolution of effective compensation strategies to diversity and inclusion, ESG and mental health.

Gail has a deep network across the private equity industry in the UK and internationally, and shares her knowledge and insight through conferences, articles and in every interaction with the people she meets.

Shruti Patel, Head of HR, Downing 

Shruti joined Downing in January 2017 as Senior HR Manager bringing over 10 years' experience in HR in financial services, investment management, insurance and fintech to the role. She holds a BSc in Business Management from Brunel University as well as a MA in Human Resource Management from London Metropolitan university.


Date and time

Thursday 8 July - 1:00-2:00


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