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AFB Virtual Seminar: AFB Future of Work Series – HR & Legal

If the government’s roadmap is realised, we can expect banks to be able to facilitate the return to their offices of a greater number of their workforce from 21 June.  It is clear from member feedback that many banks are contemplating a new hybrid way of working, with employees being required or given the choice of working between the home and the office and for some roles permanently from home.  Banks have been forced to manage this way of working during the lockdown, but moving to a permanent hybrid working environment presents significant legal, financial, employee relations, regulatory and administrative challenges and risks.  

The AFB is delighted to partner with Fox Williams, to help banks to understand the practical steps they need to consider when introducing a new way of working. The session will focus on identifying the key risks and challenges which arise from introducing a hybrid workforce and how these can be addressed and managed. 

Please note the AFB has a new website and member portal, you will need to log in to our member portal to complete your event registration.  The log in details you used previously on our old website will no longer work.

Why attend?

The session will specifically cover the following questions:

• How to introduce the new working pattern?
  changing terms of employment and do you need to consult?
  a rules-based versus a principles based approach – which best fits your bank?
• What are the health and safety implications and how can these be managed?
• How can banks manage productivity and performance with a hybrid workforce?
• Is the right to make a flexible working request now redundant?
• How can a bank retain its culture and meet FCA cultural requirements?
• How to avoid a two-tier workforce and discrimination risks?
• What are the tax implications of having staff working permanently from home in and outside the UK?

What can participants implement Back@Bank after this virtual seminar?

• A clear understanding of the issues you need to consider when planning for the bank’s new way of working
• Awareness of the practical steps to take Back@Bank to ensure you manage the legal risks and are able to make effective decisions.

Who should attend?

This seminar is aimed at banking professionals at all levels – including HR, legal, compliance, risk and senior management responsible for resourcing decisions.

Speaker biographies

Joanna Chatterton – Head of Fox Williams’ employment team. Joanna’s work for employers generally involves matters with strategic implications and sensitive reputational and regulatory concerns. She has extensive experience successfully supporting clients through complex and high value discrimination and whistleblowing claims and is an expert in the interaction between employment law and regulatory law.   Read Joanna’s full bio here

David Murphy – Partner in Fox Williams’ employment team. David’s employer clients are mainly in the financial and professional services sectors.  He advises banks, insurers, investment management firms and wealth management boutiques on issues ranging from difficult employee relations matters, such as performance management, dismissals and exit packages, through to tribunal litigation and the employment aspects of re-organisations and acquisitions.  Read David’s full bio here

Jo Varia – Legal Director in Fox Williams’ tax and incentives team. Jo regularly advises employers and investors on the relevant tax issues and her clients include UK and non-UK clients in a number of sectors, including banking. Jo has contributed to a number of tax publications and is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences.  Read Jo’s full bio here

Optional extended Q&A

After the virtual seminar finishes at 10.00, members who wish to do so can remain online for an extended Q&A until approximately 10.30. Participants can put questions to the speakers and discuss relevant issues, as well as explore related topics. Please note that our speakers will be happy to discuss general questions during this session but will not be able to give legal advice on an individual member’s  questions.


Please note the AFB has a new website and member portal, you will need to log in to our member portal to complete your event registration.  The log in details you used previously on our old website will no longer work.  Your username is your email address, use the ‘Recover your log in details’ button as this will allow you to set a password.  Alternatively,  If you cannot remember your password, you can reset this here or email You will receive details on how to join the session a few days before the event.

This seminar will be recorded.

Cost:       Free to attend (included in AFB membership subscription)

Format:   Virtual seminar (Platform used: Zoom)

Time:      09:00 to 10:00 –Virtual Seminar

              10:00 to 10:30 – Optional extended Q&A