Some trainers give you the theory.
Some encourage you to reflect and self discover.
We believe in theory into practice.

Through our combined knowledge and many years experience of working in HR law, training and coaching, we have developed a unique approach that gives you the up to date legal knowledge and the skills to have the conversation.

We believe training should be informative, enjoyable and practical. We will take you through the key features of each topic; we will explore the legal and commercial implications on you and your organisation. We will give you an opportunity to observe how they impact on your decision making and interactions with your team and colleagues.. You will see how adjustments can be made to minimise any negative impact and we will enable you to become aware of your own preferences, behaviours and unconscious biases.
Our aim is to ensure you leave with a clear understanding of the legal requirements of an organisation, with some solid techniques for dealing with difficult situations and a clear strategy you can apply immediately.

Topics we cover include –

  • Bullying, harassment and banter
  • Speaking Up at Work
  • Unconscious bias
  • Managing Mental health
  • Challenging conversations

Meet the team

Selwyn Blyth

Selwyn Blyth

Business Consultant and Trainer

Selwyn studied languages at Cambridge University before switching to Law.

For years as an employment lawyer and Partner at Pinsent Masons, he often dealt with situations after they had gone wrong. By this time, the relationship between a manager and employee is likely to be strained. With this in mind, since 2004 he has developed a training and consultancy practice with the aim of helping managers avoid the mistakes which can result in disputes.

Selwyn now no longer practises as a solicitor so that he can focus exclusively on training and facilitation. There is still an employment law basis to most of what he does but he focuses on what the law requires in practice.

The practical suggestions he makes are drawn from years of talking with clients about their approach to relevant issues – and personal experience managing a team himself.
Selwyn finds it very motivating to help clients proactively with their employment issues and believes there is real value to be added in this way. When facilitating, he promotes discussion with a purpose; there is always a practical point to make. His aim is to raise awareness and build confidence to enable people to make better decisions.
Clients feedback that Selwyn…really knows his stuff and has an engaging, amusing style that he can tailor to any audience.

Vanessa Earl

Vanessa Earl

Trainer

Vanessa studied BA Hons in Drama and English and then trained as an actor at the internationally renowned Jacques Lecoq Theatre school, a movement based drama school, in Paris. She has worked as an actor for over twenty years for companies such as the RSC, the National Theatre, the BBC and ITV. She has worked as an actor-facilitator for sixteen years, building on her experiential skills with training such as: a Foundation in Counselling and Psychotherapy; Anger and Stress Management; Forum Theatre and The Rainbow of Desire with Augusto Boal and Adrian Jackson.
Through this work she has become passionate about facilitating change in people. She works with individuals and groups within corporate business and public service: Finance, Law, Health, Academia, and Business. She has been part of many different teams delivering development centres across the UK and Europe.
‘Vanessa wants to make a difference through the work she does; she is hard-working, values driven, engaging, empathetic and always curious…she builds relationships with others that encourages them to take risks in service of their own learning and development.’ Jamie Ripman and Philipa Williams: Practive

She was fortunate enough to train in Forum Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed and Rainbow of Desires with its’ originator Augusto Boal having discovered his work whilst at University. She earned a 1st in her drama degree and was awarded the Bradbury Prize for Drama for her final year Forum Theatre project with young Deaf people in Cheshire.

‘She has a strong focus on the underlying reasons for undertaking any work she leads and makes the work feel valuable and important. Through her training at the Lecoq School she also offers a unique insight into the physical aspect of creating business impact and presence.’ Jamie Ripman and Philipa Williams: Practive.