Bringing together HR and operations professionals across our industry, this exclusive reception is the ideal occasion to meet up with industry peers.
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08:00 Arrival tea, coffee and networking
08:30 Welcome address from the BVCA
Guest speaker address from Beth Hale and Merrill April, CM Murray
09:30 Further networking and refreshments available
Beth Hale, Partner and General Counsel, 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. Valued by clients for her ability to give “clear and succinct advice” (Chambers and Partners), she has significant experience advising employers and employees on all aspects of employment law. 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. She has extensive experience advising corporate clients on the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and outsourcings, including frequently in relation to cross-border issues involving multiple jurisdictions. 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.
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 consisting of 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 is instrumental in setting up their employment and HR structures to support their businesses, and she works closely with HR consultants and in-house HR teams, finance directors and in-house lawyers to achieve this objective. 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.
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