Are you ever worried about dismissing people?

Just Employment is leading a workshop on Thursday 13 October at The County Club, 158 High Street, Guildford GU1 3JH from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Many of us find dismissal one of the worst jobs we have to do. Dismissal usually represents failure: failure to hire and develop the right person for the job; or failure to win enough business to maintain the current workforce.

It is tough because:

  • we often know the leaver; and know dismissal will cause problems financially and, often, emotionally as well.
  • dismissal is a process we may be unfamiliar with and we lack confidence in handling conflict.
  • dismissal is fraught with risks if it goes wrong, not only in terms of management time, but in potential costs to the organisation and our own reputations.

We will discuss:

  1. Dismissal as a strategic decision
  2. What you communicate, when and to whom
  3. How to discourage claims in the employment tribunal
  4. Where compromise agreements are appropriate
  5. How to stop leavers setting up in competition
  6. Motivating those left behind
  7. Leaving leavers with self-esteem

We cannot pretend to show you all you ever need to know about dismissals in one event. But you can hear about the most effective strategies and the biggest mistakes to avoid, from three distinguished experts, each with many decades’ experience both as decision-maker and advisor.

Geoffrey Bignell is a specialist employment law solicitor, with over 30 years’ experience of workplace disputes. At The Law Society he was a director responsible for a £50m budget and 700 staff. Previously he led an employment law team in a heavily-unionised workforce of 13,000.

Peter Wilford has worked with organisations across most business sectors, private and public and at all levels from graduates to CEOs. His experience ranges from people entering the job market for the first time to those with many years’ experience looking to make a career move or discover new options including self-employment.

Ian Crocker has over 25 years experience as a trainer, facilitator and coach. Since 2002 he has worked as an independent consultant, helping organisations of all sizes to meet demanding objectives through their people.

Jeremy Nelson-Smith, who will chair the seminar, has a background in senior marketing roles and runs his own business specialising in internet marketing.

Places are limited and this event is expected to be fully-booked.

To secure your place please use the Enquiry form to send us the following information:

E-mail address
Telephone number

Just Employment Offices


St Mary’s Chambers,
59 Quarry Street,
Guildford, Surrey

Tel: 01483 303 636


Kemp House,
152 City Road,

Tel: 0203 326 5000


Werks Central
15-17 Middle Street
Brighton, East Sussex

Tel: 01273 020 796

Wokingham, Reading

2 The Courtyard,
Denmark Street,
Wokingham, Berkshire,
RG40 2AZ

Tel: 01189 639 328