COVID-19 SUPPORT SERIES: Employment Law Q & A

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  • Members Managing Cashflow & Cutting Costs
     9 April 2020
     12:00 pm - 1:00 pm










Our series of COVID-19 Support Events are FREE for WeDO Scotland members and take place twice weekly in addition to our weekly Brainstorming meetings every Monday at 11am and our Social Drinks on Thursdays at 5pm.

This event will be an open Q & A session on all aspects of employment law and topics we anticipate being covered include:

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the new concept of furlough workers
  • Different absence scenarios and impact on pay
  • SSP changes
  • Holiday
  • Working from home
  • School closures and implications
  • Lay-off and short time working
  • Redundancy planning

We’re delighted to have WeDO Edinburgh member and 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Malcolm Mackay, along with Iain Burke.Our thanks to them for kindly giving their time and sharing their expertise with us which we know will be invaluable.


Malcolm Mackay has shaped and led the world of employment law over the last 4 decades into previously uncharted territories, in Scotland as well as throughout the UK and Europe. He was the first solicitor to be certified as an Employment Law Specialist by the Law Society of Scotland. 

He founded his first legal firm in 1998 and after considerable successes and exits, he established United Employment Lawyers in October 2013. UEL is a collaborative network of lawyers and legal professionals who want to deliver employment law solutions in a better way by focusing on the changing needs of their clients.

Over the years he has been described in legal directories such as Legal 500 and Chambers as “oozing quality”, “a man of vision” with “ a guru-like vision of employment issues” and possessing “an outstanding reputation.”  “The God of employment law in Scotland, he makes no song and dance about it.” and “An entrepreneurial legal pioneer.

Malcolm is a Member of the Society of Writers of HM Signet. 


Iain is a specialist employment lawyer based in the Scottish Borders. He is a Founder member of the United Employment Lawyers Network. Additionally, he has more than 25 years as a Mental Health practitioner and over 10 years as a Convener of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.

Iain has been a partner in the full service legal firm Bannerman Burke Law since 1999, sister firm Borders Employment Law launched in 2013, offering employers a unique legal service dedicated to law in the workplace.

As well as his legal expertise and experience, with more than 25 years as a Mental Health Tribunal practitioner, Iain is well aware of the difficulties and stigma surrounding mental illness. This is particularly true in the workplace where there has been a long held negative connotation associated with even discussing mental health.

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