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News - 8 December 2009
Phil Jones, MD of Wired Sussex

New Digital Media HR Group for Sussex

Wired Sussex, the digital support organisation, is backing a new digital media HR group set up by employment law specialist martin searle solicitors (sic), Relentless Software and Madgex.

Phil Jones, MD of Wired Sussex, said: “It is a testament to the growing strength and maturity of the digital media sector in Sussex that this network has been formed. Wired Sussex is very happy to be part of it. We will work with our membership to ensure the HR group becomes a useful forum for members to discuss the HR issues relevant to them. We encourage those in HR in the digital sector to get involved.”

The group will meet monthly for up-to-the-minute employment law training and to share best practice and polices which have most impact on the digital media sector.

Fiona Martin, director of martin searle solicitors (sic) added: “The group is designed to be an informal way for HR professionals and others with responsibility for personnel in the digital media world to network, share ideas and develop and update their skills and knowledge. It is an open group and we look forward to bringing in members from across Brighton and beyond.”

The group, which has just been launched in Brighton, will hold its first formal group meeting on Thursday 28 January 2010 from 0830-1000am, hosted by Hanna Smith, Madgex’s HR director at the company’s North Street offices.

The topic for the evening will be appraisals, and Fiona Martin will talk about the role of the appraisal in performance management. She will also give insights into recent performance dismissal cases in the Employment Tribunal.

Annual membership will cost £25 and events will be free. Future meetings will cover topical and relevant HR and employment law issues including, Compromise Agreements, Additional Paternity Leave from 2011, the Equality Bill, recruitment, and managing ill health and performance.

To book for 28 January, contact Kat Blakeney at martin searle solicitors on 01273 609911 or email For more information about the group and the topics to be discussed see

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