Pattinsons' Cockburn is appointed ELA chief

The Employment Lawyers Association has appointed David Cockburn, of London firm Pattinson & Brewer, as its new chairman. He replaces Fraser Younson of Baker & McKenzie, who has completed a one-year term.

Cockburn is a leading employment law specialist and has acted for trade unions and employees.

He said: “Employment law is a flourishing area with the introduction of new employment rights, the judicial development of common law rights and decisions of the European Court of Justice all contributing towards its continued growth.”

Membership of the ELA has been growing in recent years and it now boasts 712 individuals and organisations as members, a growth of 100 per cent in three years. The association has forged links with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Central Office of Industrial Tribunals, all of which are keen to consult with experienced employment lawyers.

Future issues on the political front include the Conservative Party's commitment to further industrial relations legislation and Labour's pledge to have a minimum wage.