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“An excellent course. It has given me the confidence to be able to challenge HR ‘received wisdom’ with the actual legal position, and an improved ability to assess risk.”
“I knew I had to study in this area, and it was invaluable. What I didn't expect was that it would be so interesting and entertaining. The time flew.”
“Smart, engaging and exceptionally well run programme.”
You do a very challenging job.
One that requires a rare blend of influential people skills and deep technical knowledge for it to be done well.
The impact you have on the business you support and on the lives of those you support is significant.
It’s hard, but no doubt rewarding work.
However the stresses and strains do take their toll.
You probably put more time and effort into your work than you should…
…especially when faced with some of those trickier issues you have to deal with.
The ones you never see coming and that require your full attention, creativity and mental energy to solve.
You inevitably find a way, but do you ever struggle with imposter syndrome?
The feeling that at some point someone is going to “find you out”?
It’s extremely common, though rarely publicly admitted in the HR profession.
If you’re not a lawyer and you find yourself dealing with the law, there’s the potential for that nagging doubt that you might just be missing something.
It can create uncertainty and undermine your confidence.
That never feels good
If you’re not careful, it can fuel any insecurities you have.
Especially if you feel you’re over your head with something and outside your comfort zone.
What’s the answer?
Well working harder isn’t an option if you want to stay healthy and live a balanced life.
Working smarter, however, is.
Archimedes once said “give me a lever big enough, and I can move the world”.
What's a powerful lever to add to your existing toolbox of skills, knowledge and experience that WILL help you work smarter, work faster and save you time…
…an addition that will raise your credibility, give you greater gravitas and authority, increase the professional respect for you AND significantly boost your confidence…?
…it's a deeper knowledge of employment law.
What Will This Give You?
Gaining this deeper understanding is one of those hindsight career decisions that you wish you’d made much earlier.
There’s a programme that will give you exactly that.
One that will elevate your expertise, confirm your credibility and reinforce the respect worthy of your contribution and impact on the business you support.
It’s called the Virtual Employment Law Academy.
Here’s how it works…
There are 18 employment law modules delivered using Zoom across these nine-week terms.
Term 1: Tuesday 10 October - Tuesday 5 December 2023
Term 2: Tuesday 16 January - Tuesday 12 March 2024
Each module consists of a live, targeted, 60-90 minute lecture by our expert barrister tutor on an important employment law topic.
It’s then followed by an hour of Q&A where you can ask any questions you have about the subject covered in that session.
You will get the equivalent of an undergraduate degree level course in employment law.
However, it’s much more than just an academic qualification that will boost your c.v., raise your standing in the HR community and help you work your way up that ladder of HR success.
You’ll learn about the practical aspects of employment law relevant to your role in a safe, supportive and inspiring community of fellow ambitious HR professionals.
Regardless of which level you enrol in at, the programme will equip you to:
Every student who enrols in the Virtual Employment Law Academy automatically gets:
If you decide to upgrade to the Premium Level (highly recommended), here are the additional benefits you receive:
It’s easy to see why this is our most popular level of enrolment.
We do have one final enrolment level. It’s not for everyone and comes with some very exclusive perks not available anywhere else.
We call it:
The Diamond Level
Because of the additional personal attention given to students at this level by barrister Daniel Barnett himself (more about him later), we are restricting this to just six people.
If you enrol at this highly valued and much coveted level, here are the additional benefits.
Regardless of the level you enrol at, here’s the syllabus you’ll be covering in the programme:
The Virtual Employment Law Academy Syllabus
Part 1 - An Introduction To Employment Law
Module 1: How To Navigate The Intricacies Of An Employment Contract
Module 2: Employee, Worker Or Contractor? How to Tell, and Why it Matters
Module 3: Understanding Continuity of Employment, The National Minimum Wage and the Perils of Unlawful Deductions
Part 2 - Dismissal
Module 4: What is a Dismissal? And the Five Fair Reasons for Terminating…
Module 5: How Capability And Qualifications Can Be Grounds For A Fair Dismissal
Module 6: The Dos and Don’ts of Dismissing An Employee For Misconduct
Module 7: Redundancy Technicalities Explained
Module 8: TUPE and other Automatically Unfair Dismissals
Module 9: Whistleblowing and the Law - How Whistleblowers Are Protected And Where Employers Get It Wrong
Part 3 - Discrimination
Module 10 - An Introduction to Discrimination - Foundational Knowledge Everyone Should Know
Module 11 - Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay
Module 12 - The Different Ways Age and Disability Discrimination Are Treated By The Law
Module 13 - Other Protected Characteristics
Module 14 - Maternity and Family Friendly Rights - How The Law Assists Workers With Their Family Obligations
Part 4 – Working Time, Remedies and Tribunal Claims
Module 15 - Working Time Regulations Including The Working Week, Annual Leave, Holiday Pay, And Flexible Working
Module 16 - Remedies & Compensation - How Tribunals Deal With Unfair Dismissal and Discrimination, and How Claims Can Be Settled
Module 17 - Settlement Agreements and Time Limits
Module 18 - Employment Tribunal Procedure - How to Bring and Defend an Employment Tribunal Claim
Now Meet Your Virtual Employment Law Academy Faculty
Your course tutor is Daniel Barnett, an experienced and successful barrister highly regarded for his employment and HR law expertise. He is passionate about helping professionals like you understand the law better to make your job easier for you.
He has appeared in many Court of Appeal and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases together with complex High Court employment litigation. He also appears regularly in employment tribunals up and down the country and enjoys sharing his experiences with the HR community..
His areas of work include:
His employer clients include a member of the Royal Family, several international airlines, a global leisure industry company and telecommunications company, as well as many hundreds of SMEs.
Employee clients range from senior executives of quoted companies through to David & Victoria Beckham's nanny.
He has sat on various Bar Council committees and is a member of the Staff Committee and Bar Representation Committees of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn.
Daniel is also a media figure and is called on regularly to comment on television and radio on current legal issues. He is the presenter of the LBC Legal Hour, broadcasting every Saturday evening at 9pm across the UK, in which he answers legal questions from LBC callers. He is well known for his forthright, honest and clear answers to even the most challenge questions.
He is the author or co-author of twenty books, including the highly regarded Handbook on Employment Law.
…But more importantly for you, he is also a highly engaging and thought provoking speaker well known for bringing alive the intricacies of employment law in an entertaining manner...
“Daniel Barnett is brilliant. He knows every answer. Fantastic”
Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio & TV Presenter
Daniel delivers an excellent programme.
When you elect to enrol on the Premium or Diamond packages you’ll also get the chance to work with the amazing and incredibly experienced John Sprack as your course tutor.
John has extensive experience practicing as an employment law barrister. He’s also been an employment judge for 15 years, presiding over hundreds of employment tribunals.
He taught employment law on the Bar Course at the Inns of Court School of Law and has delivered over 200 CPD courses on various aspects of employment law.
John’s insights and knowledge are an absolutely priceless addition to the discovery and learning experience you’ll enjoy on the programme.
So you’ll get direct input from someone who’s been an employment law barrister, who’s taught employment barristers AND who’s judged them.
Not only that, John has an incredibly relaxed style that our previous students found extremely welcoming and encouraging.
With Daniel and John working in tandem to provide you the best education and training in matters of employment law relevant to you, you can be sure this will be a valuable use of your time.
And they’re supported by an incredible group of people, including our Chief Executive JENNIE HARGROVE, who is in charge of the day-to-day running of the Virtual Employment Law Academy.
Jennie will be on hand to help you with any questions you may have about the programme. She is your first point of call and will go the extra mile to make sure your experience of the Academy is a fabulous one (as demonstrated by the numerous mentions she has in our many testimonials).
But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what just a few of our successful programme graduates say about the Virtual Employment Law Academy.
Testimonials From Previous Virtual Employment Law Academy Graduates
“The greater awareness of how day to day issues relate to the statutory provisions has been excellent and invaluable.”
“It’s amazing how Daniel manages to pack so much into two hour sessions – the content and delivery are so well pitched. If you want to know what employment law is about, this is the perfect course for you.”
“Daniel has the rare ability of being able to distill volumes of information into simple steps and then bring those steps alive.”
“I have found the course invaluable. It has brought all the strands of employment law together for me and I have learned so much. Daniel is an outstanding presenter with the right amount of humour along the way. I would highly recommend this to anyone in the world of HR! Thank you.”
“My confidence around the application of employment law has greatly increased.”
“The VELA is a very efficient way to either learn more or review the knowledge you already have. A great mixture of practical webinars together with case studies and tutorials – all overlaid with efficient administration.”
“The course has been so beneficial in understanding more of the risks involved in the day to day running in supporting an HR dept. So much I didn’t know and now feel much better equipped!”
“I have been looking for a course like this for a long time. I read Employment Law books and this course has helped to bring my knowledge together. I would recommend going on (at least) the Premium package. I went back and watched the recordings again. I plan to do this in the future if I have any situations which come up at work! The tutorials also helped us to apply what we had learned in a safe environment with other students. Would recommend!”
“Everyone should attend this course; managers and HR alike. The way the course and content are structured means it is appropriate for entry-level and experts alike! Highly recommended!”
“This course has given me the confidence from giving just good advice to giving advice with a bit more oomph and confident reasoning behind it. I have come from a corporate world where I had a legal department to always rely on, as a HR Consultant this course has definitely given me more confidence in my ability.”
“A great course, making the complex world of employment law much clearer, enabling me to respond to my clients’ complex people queries with renewed confidence, understanding and pragmatic advice.”
“Excellent Course. Whether it is a confidence boost that is needed or reaffirming years of knowledge the course is pitched perfectly and inclusive to all. Daniel and Jennie have done a fantastic job in putting it all together.”
“This has been brilliantly pitched, a great balance between theory and practice, which is where Daniel excels above all others; this course should be part of CIPD qualification …”
“The course was very well organised and efficient. The course content was incredibly informative and well presented. The Q&A sessions and tutorials were further supportive to improve your knowledge, understanding and your retention. Amazing course.”
“If you need a practical, detailed and invaluable overview of all aspects of employment law then this course is right for you. This has been vital for me and worth every single penny, can’t wait to put the lessons into practice.”
“An enjoyable run through employment law with a valuable link to current case law presented in a straightforward and understandable format.”
“It is great to be able to use the information straight away after doing each module. Fantastic course and sorry it has to end. Both Daniel and Jennie have been excellent!”
“I enjoyed the course and found out lots of information that helps with day to day HR, not just the employment law side.”
“It gave me the confidence to realise that I can remember my employment law and now feel I could return to this area of work after a 12 year break”
This Is A Great Programme, But What If You Think The Virtual Employment Law Academy Is Not For You?
Ok, cards on the table.
The Virtual Employment Law Academy is not for everyone. We get that.
Not every HR professional wants to invest in their professional development by increasing their practical knowledge of employment law.
However we do occasionally get people who really want to enrol, but think they can’t fit it into their hectic schedule.
Of course it does take time. It’s 2 hours a week for each module and Q&A. Then it’s another hour every fortnight for the case study tutorial for those who upgrade.
But this is an investment in you, your future, the people you work with AND the business you support. You’ll be reaping the ROI from the few hours you’ll spend doing this now for weeks, months and even years to come.
You’ll claw back that time very quickly because you’ll arrive at even better solutions to the tricky problems you deal with much faster.
You’ll also save yourself a lot of wasted and unnecessary time by anticipating and heading off potential time-suck problems - the ones you might not have even seen coming your way without the newfound knowledge you’ll get when you complete the programme.
The Virtual Employment Law Academy also gives you the flexibility to choose when you work through the modules.
Ideally you’ll attend each module live.
However if your schedule demands mean you can’t make a session, you can easily catch up by watching the recording at a time convenient to you. You can even watch at 2x the speed and so do the module in half the time!
So when you take the strategic view, time really isn’t an issue.
Others who can see the benefits and want to enrol think the programme is too expensive.
However we feel that’s a short term view. The Virtual Employment Law Academy is an investment that WILL return you quantifiable monetary returns.
If you work in-house then here’s how you’ll reap the benefits of this investment:
For independent HR consultants the benefits also include:
At the Premium Level we are only charging you £96.04 (+VAT) for each module and tutorial session to gain all these benefits.
So you’ll get massive short term, medium term and long term value for such a small investment whether you are paying for this yourself or your employer is funding it.
We estimate an active HR professional is likely to make the savings to recover the cost of their investment within 6-12 months.
For some though, even if they do have the time and can see the benefit of investing in the Virtual Employment Law Academy there’s usually one final hurdle they’ll put in the way of making the commitment.
And that is the belief that studying employment law is both mentally taxing AND boring.
Well there’s no doubt you’ll need to think.
But, you’ll engage your brain on topics HR professionals encounter every single day. This is your bread and butter, just at a deeper level than you may have gone to before.
Fortunately we have our secret weapon:
Our programme tutor - Employment Law Barrister (and LBC presenter) Daniel Barnett.
His presentation style is engaging, educational and even entertaining. He has designed the modules so you’ll find them easy to digest, practical and interactive.
He also sprinkles every module with numerous real word examples from case law and his own vast experience.
Yes, you’ll need to think. But, you’ll enjoy doing it in the Virtual Employment Law Academy.
“The VELA provided me with information that I didn’t know I didn’t know. Having worked in HR for 25 years I thought that I had information about most topics, although some not in great detail, but this course provided me with topics that i had never come across before. Daniel was informative, fun and quick to answer specific queries. I would recommend this course to anyone in HR whether you’re new to it or have been doing it for years.”
“The course was extremely detailed. Daniel made the sessions energetic, interesting and methodical in the way it was delivered. As a solicitor wanting to recap on employment law I found it excellent. Would wholeheartedly recommend.”
“I very much enjoyed participating in the Virtual Employment Law Academy and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone involved in HR. The course has greatly expanded my employment law knowledge and is already proving hugely beneficial in my work with co-ops and community businesses. The modules were well-structured and engaging, and I appreciated the opportunities to ask clarification questions.”
“I have really enjoyed the VELA, it’s been years since I studied for my CIPD and I have been managing with the odd webinar and legal briefing when things changed. This was a great way to do a very thorough refresher (and update) for me. It was pitched at the right level for me as an experienced HR professional and delivered in a way that translated how the laws actually apply in everyday practice.”
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Please note - If you’re an existing HR Inner Circle member, you get a 35% discount when you enrol using your discount code, regardless of the level you choose.
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Take action and enrol now.
If you’re not 100% satisfied with any aspect of the Academy at any time BEFORE the end of term 1, just let us know and we’ll refund your fees within 3 working days.
So you have absolutely nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain.
All of the risk is on us to provide you with a top notch experience coupled with long term value.
We’re so very comfortable doing this for you because we know once you enrol, you’ll find what you learn so valuable, you’ll want to complete the entire programme.
Before you decide though, let’s be very clear about who the Virtual Employment Law Academy is for.
It’s only for ambitious and dedicated professionals who want to accelerate and increase their impact by investing in themselves to gain a significant edge over others in the field.
If you’re just plodding along and are content with just getting by, then this is probably not for you.
However if you’ve read this far, it’s likely you’re driven to raise your professional game by increasing your knowledge and skills in a way that puts you well into the top 5% of HR professionals.
Sound like you?
Then enrolling in the Virtual Employment Law Academy is definitely the RIGHT DECISION for you.
Enrol now and come join a select band of HR Professionals with the confidence to challenge the status quo and make an even bigger impact in the workplace.
P.S. The Virtual Employment Law Academy WILL skyrocket your confidence at work.
Here’s why - you’ll deal with even the most complex legal issues in a way that enhances your credibility, increases your personal impact and fosters even greater respect for your contribution to everyone in the business.
So enrol now to make sure you don’t miss out on this career enhancing move that puts you ahead of your competition.
More Testimonials From Satisfied Graduates Of The Virtual Employment Law Academy
“I joined the HR world in October 2021 and have been learning on the job since. Every day is a school day and being 6 months in, this course brought everything I have learnt together. Daniel was engaging, creative and the finer detail of each topic gave me a methodical, yet clearer understanding as I continue my journey. ROLL ON NEXT YEAR!”
“Although I couldn’t attend all the live sessions, the recorded videos that were uploaded shortly after were easy to find and great to catch up to. The course has been brilliant for me as an Independent HR Consultant to both confirm my knowledge and understanding, but also provide those refreshers and updates that we all need to ensure the advice we provide is accurate. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone who deals with HR and employment law matters in their day to day job.”
“The course was perfectly pitched for experienced HR professionals looking to gain a more in depth understanding of the legislation which underpins so much of our work. The course was concise, clear, fast paced and very well presented. The tutorials ensured we had an opportunity to reflect on the lectures and put it all into practice. Loads and loads of opportunities for questions! It has been brilliant – thank you.”
“A very good course which represents exceptional value for money. If you want an employment refresher – it’s ideal. If you want to learn more employment basics – it’s ideal. I have no hesitation in recommending this course – and I have not been paid to say this!”
“The course was excellent. I have looked around for specific employment law courses but found nothing suitable until Daniel ran the Academy. Put simply, I now know a lot more than I did [at the start] which will help me to be a much more informed and timely source of advice for our HR and business teams. Interesting, enjoyable and excellent value for money.”
“This course is excellent for those who are new to HR and employment law. It covers both the practical and theoretical aspects, and is arguably more useful for HR professionals than a CIPD course.”
“As a trade union officer I have found the course enormously helpful I feel like I’ve done a condensed employment law masters course! It has provided me with so much concrete evidence and hard facts to help me win for members in casework. I am recommending this course to all my colleagues – so glad you will be running it again I expect you will be inundated with applicants.”
“I joined on the premium level, having held an MA in HR which covered employment law back in 2005. Whilst I feel that I keep up to date with case law, I have found Daniel’s invaluable to not only reinforce what I already knew and give me the confidence when answering employment queries from clients, but I have picked up numerous other gems that I have called upon straight away whilst undertaking the course. Thanks so much Daniel as always”.
“I really enjoyed the course and no matter how experienced you are in the world of HR you will pick up something new in every module.”
“I’ve used resources created and run by Daniel Barnett for a couple of years now and would highly recommend to any HR professional/TU Rep. He manages to deliver information at such a level and in such a style that makes it easy to absorb and retain plus the handouts make for great guides to refer back to. Daniel covers a wide range of topics that anyone dealing with employment law matters would find very helpful and informative.”
“It was exceptional in the way it was presented clearly and in detail with an opportunity to ask questions. In my case it has been extremely complex working in HR in the care sector, even with over 20 years experience. This course has been invaluable.”
“Very comprehensive and Daniel explains subjects clearly. There is a lot to take in but it is reassuring to have the workbooks and recordings to hand should I need them afterwards, and the Slack community was a great idea too. Content was really helpful to be able to advise clients going forward.”
“I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to participate in this course and learn so much from Daniel. I have appreciated his enthusiasm, commitment and humour in making this an enjoyable learning experience. Having returned to an HR role after many years, the course has generally been very helpful and will give me confidence in my work. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.”
“For those wondering if they should pay for this course, don’t hesitate, it has supported me in the advice I provide and is a thoroughly helpful resource. Daniel is a excellent communicator or law and Jenny’s organisation is second to none.”
“This was a great opportunity to provide a structured refresher of areas that I knew about and to learn more about aspects that I was aware of but had less knowledge. The workbooks will be great for future reference.”
“Daniel Barnett delivered the course in a clear, engaging and interactive way. The course is great value for money, and I really do feel that I have gained a solid understanding of some very important areas of employment law. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and I would recommend it.”
“I started studying for the CILEX CPQ shortly before this course and Daniel’s concise explanations have really helped me get to grips with some of the more complex wording and given me a much better idea of how to translate the facts to relate them to real life examples.”
“The course is a good refresher for those of us who studied our employment law modules a long, (long) time ago. It was very much like being in a university lecture hall again. I would recommend this course to people who want to have a good grasp of the basics of employment law”
“The course was so useful to have a refresher on employment law and has increased my confidence to advise my clients on where the risks lie for them.”
“This was a great overall Employment Law course. The workbooks and the textbooks were really helpful and are great reference points for the future. The case references are invaluable and really helpful to reinforce case advice. Daniel’s presentations are very clear and Jenny is amazing, too! John Sprack is so informative and the tutorials are a great benefit to reinforce knowledge. Thank you!”
“The course covers so much that is very relevant & useful to HR practitioners. It’s an extremely valuable refresher to those of us who qualified years ago!”
“This course is excellent. It has huge benefits from Daniel presenting but also from the other delegates. Great discussion, great questions and Fantastic value add. Well worth attending each time it runs!”
“I found the course extremely helpful and would recommend it to anyone working in a relevant role. In particular, as an independent HR Consultant working alone, it’s been so useful – so much so that it really should be made compulsory! I only wish I’d done this course years ago when I first started – but, it’s never too late to increase knowledge and most of all, confidence.
Huge thanks to Daniel and to Jennie for everything – it’s made and will make such a difference to my professional career.”
“As a recent graduate I have found that the Virtual Employment Law Academy is much more clear and concise than university lectures. The VELA dives into depth on the definitions and practicality of the laws surrounding employment law and I would strongly recommend it.”
“I found the course really beneficial as a general refresher of employment law. I am a trained lawyer who gave up practicing law many years ago to look after my son whilst young. When he started school I started working for the citizens advice part time and had to refresh my knowledge of employment law whilst working for them. If this course had existed back then it would have been really useful to have done at that point.”
“The [Virtual Employment Law Academy] was an invaluable course for me. There aren’t any other employment training courses which are even closely comparable. Daniel has an incredible depth of knowledge and made him the perfect teacher for this course. From the first session, I was able to approach my work differently and use my learning every day at work. The knowledge I have gained has helped me to advise vulnerable clients and explain their rights and how to move forward. This course is an absolute must for anybody dealing with employment law.”
“The course was great, it’s a great reminder of things you know but have forgotten along with learning loads and loads of new information. Also it was so practical & pragmatic that I was able to use my knowledge immediately…..well worth the time and money!”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course, it was informative in an easy to understand way and at no point did I feel overwhelmed by the information. It was pacey without being rushed or over laboured. Daniel’s style is relaxed and he took time to answer questions. and check that his explanations were clear and understood. I feel much more confident in my ability to advise my organisation. Many thanks to Daniel and Jennie.”
“The course has helped me validate my knowledge but more importantly has helped me develop in areas I didn’t have much experience in. I have already started to share what I’ve learnt with my team and with my clients.”
“As a HR Services Manager the focus of my role tends to lean towards Systems, Processes and Admin. This course has been a fantastic way to improve my Employment Law knowledge not only for my own development and interest but also to enable me to more confidently deal with internal queries in future. Daniel was interesting and engaging throughout and I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to HR professionals at any level.”
“After many years working in Employment Law, I came in wondering if there was anything I didn’t know, so gave it a go. I realised very quickly how much I had forgotten or indeed didn’t already know.”