Imposing office working: How to manage employees refusing or reluctant to return to the office
Thursday 26th, May 2022
11:00 - 12:00

Imposing office working: How to manage employees refusing or reluctant to return to the office

Imposing office working: How to manage employees refusing or reluctant to return to the office

In this interactive webinar, Andrew Allen QC and Patrick Tomison from Outer Temple Chambers and Katie Maguire, Partner at Devonshires, will be discussing what employers can do to manage employees who are refusing or reluctant to return to office working.

This will include:

  • Considering the contractual position, including any amendments made during lockdown and whether such amendments are deemed to be temporary or permanent;
  • Investigating the concerns/reasons for the employees refusal or reluctance to return, including the need to consider medical evidence and reasonable adjustments;
  • Flexible working requests;
  • Disciplinary action; and
  • Review of recent relevant tribunal decisions.

You will have an opportunity to ask the experts questions during this webinar.


Katie Maguire, Partner, Devonshires

Katie jointly heads up the Employment, HR & Pensions Team and is based in our London office. Katie regularly advises clients on a wide range of non-contentious and contentious employment issues, including defending complex employment tribunal claims for discrimination, victimisation, harassment, unfair dismissal, breach of contract, wrongful dismissal, and whistleblowing, as well as claims brought in the county court for unlawful deduction of wages.

Katie specialises in pensions, with expertise in advising clients on issues arising under the LGPS, SHPS, the NHS Pension Scheme and the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, as well as specialising in transactional work completing due diligence and guiding employers through TUPE related employment and pension issues in relation to outsourcing contracts, assets sales, share sales and mergers.

Andrew Allen, QC, Outer Temple Chambers 

Andrew Allen QC specialises in Employment and Equality Law with an emphasis on high value Discrimination, Whistleblowing and Contractual claims. He has been a part-time Employment Judge for over a decade and features annually in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, with recent feedback suggesting that “He is a force to be reckoned with and an absolutely fantastic advocate”. He was called to the bar in 1995 and appointed Queens Counsel in 2020.

He acts on cases in the High Court, Employment Tribunals and the appeal Courts for national and international corporations, including Housing Associations, and also on behalf of private individuals.

Patrick Tomison, Barrister, Outer Temple, Chambers  

Called to the bar in 2018, Patrick undertook pupillage (with Andrew being one of his Pupil Supervisors) with Outer Temple and joined at a tenant in 2019. Before joining Outer Temple he worked in the Court of Appeal as the judicial assistant to Sir Ernest Ryder, the former Senior President of Tribunals.

His practice encompasses Employment, Pensions, Commercial and Chancery work. Within his Employment practice he has appeared in the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal for many Claimants and Respondents in hearings stretching beyond two weeks and concerning Discrimination, Whistleblowing and Unfair/Constructive Dismissal claims.


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