The Employment Law Exchange

"Keeping on Top of Employment Law: Understanding Law and Working With it" 

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The Employment Law Exchange (ELE) is a unique club. It has existed for over 30 years. COVID – 19 told us just how important employment law is for HR and other work - related professionals. ELE provides regular half day meetings, legal materials, a newsletter, guides to the law, practical exercises and a confidential ‘chat room’. ELE, therefore, provides a highly practical ‘wrap round’, on-going service for members, which is built on sharing and collaboration.

The emphasis is always on the effective application of law at members’ workplaces. We not only consider the changes to legislation and case-law as ‘rule changes’, but we explore what law is trying to achieve and what new policy initiatives are about. We seek the views and practical support from fellow members on workplace issues. Therefore, this is no ordinary updating service. ELE provides the opportunity to 'get amongst the law' and build understanding and confidence as well as knowledge.

Be part of the Employment Law Exchange (ELE)

Patricia Leighton


Professor Patricia Leighton

As an ELE member, you will have access to the knowledge of leader Professor Patricia Leighton, a highly influential figure in the field of employment law. Her work with HR has involved consultancy in many states and for a variety of clients. She has also undertaken many research and consultancy projects, for example, for the ILO, European Commission and the UK and other governments as well as public and private bodies. She is the author of nineteen books. Her most recent is the publication of 2020 entitled " Work in Challenging and Uncertain Times" by Patricia Leighton and Tui McKeown and published by Routledge. 

The book covers core HR issues, such as flexible working, health and wellbeing, skills and their development and employee participation. Copies of her book can be purchased on Amazon .


Our membership includes experienced HR professionals drawn from the public, private, not-for-profit sectors and trade unions.

See our Information Pack to find out more or 

What our Members say about

The Employment Law Exchange(ELE)

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Val Stansfield

Employment Rights Advisor

   "The Employment Law Exchange provides an excellent opportunity for HR professionals and trade union legal officers to keep up to date with all aspects of employment law, and at the same time exchange experiences from members working in small and large organisations, both in the UK and worldwide"

Jean Young

Former HR Director for a leading Law Firm

"I was a member of ELE from its inception until I retired at the end of 2019. I found ELE the best employment forum for discussion and employment updates brought to life by Pat. Pat is passionate, extremely knowledgeable about her subject and always  facilitates lively discussion amongst one’s peer group which was drawn from a variety of industry and commercial sectors.

If I had to choose one training forum to attend, it would be, without question, ELE."

Sally Phillips

European HR Director for a major logistics company

"Having been a member of ELE (formerly the Peel Club) for over 10 years, it has provided me with an invaluable source of knowledge regarding the latest developments in employment law. Pat's extensive knowledge and expertise in this field enables her to provide context to the latest developments so that we don't just review the latest legislation but examine the case law alongside as well as the practical application of these judgements to our own workplaces. As a member you will have the opportunity to share your experiences with like minded HR professionals, engage in debates and test your knowledge via Pat's well thought through (and usually quite amusing) case studies, which can then be taken away to be used in your workplace".