London, 1st November, 2006.
A new seminar programme from city lawyers, Osborne Clarke, and games recruiter, Interactive Selection, will steer games industry clients through the maze of new employment legislation that threatens the growth of games companies in the UK. Both firms are leading professional service companies with a specialised service offering to the games industry.
The first seminar entitled "OAPs now VIPs in the Games Industry? - A Seminar on the new Age Discrimination Legislation for Games Industry Management." will take place on Thursday 23 November 2006 at Osborne Clarke's offices at London Wall in the City of London at 2.30 pm. The seminar is free to Games Industry managers but participants will need to reserve invitations from Osborne Clarke or Interactive Selection in advance of the event.
"This is the first joint initiative of its kind that offers real benefits to our games industry clients", said David Smith, Managing Director of Interactive Selection. "For too long games industry management have struggled to cope with the complexities of new legislation without dedicated advice specific to this fast growing sector. We expect our clients to take home significant benefits from this 'punchy' program that will both ensure legislative compliance and competitive advantage to those that attend."
"This seminar programme is a must attend for anyone in the Games Industry with responsibility for staff management," commented Paul Gardner, Partner & Head of the Interactive Entertainment Group at Osborne Clarke. "The seminars will equip attendees with the tools needed to successfully manage difficult employment issues such as: discrimination; protecting against unfair competition and the poaching of key staff; managing fluctuating staff requirements pre and post issue; and handling mergers and acquisitions. The first seminar of the programme will focus on ensuring compliance with the new Age Discrimination legislation and will walk attendees through the practical steps they should take to avoid discrimination complaints. The key advantage of this programme is its specific focus on the Games Industry and its emphasis on providing attendees with a practical guide for dealing with the difficult employment challenges they face."
About Interactive Selection
Interactive Selection was founded by David Smith in 1996 and over the last 10 years has worked tirelessly to help candidates find jobs with the world's top computer and video games developers, publishers, distributors and retailers. The company also works closely with the leading console hardware, accessory and peripheral manufacturers.
Interactive Selection are dedicated to finding the best opportunities for their registered job seekers in over 200 client companies
We commit to the highest standards. Interactive Selection was the first recruitment agency specialising in games to join the REC, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, representing over 5000 recruiters in the UK. This body represents excellence in recruitment and demonstrates a commitment to high standards of service to both employers and candidates. David Smith is Vice Chairman of the REC's IT & Comms Sector Group.
Interactive Selection is also a proud member of PEER - the first non US recruiter to be invited to join the new trade association of Professional Electronic Entertainment Recruiters which comprises the recruiters worldwide committed to serving better the industry. All PEER members stand by the association's Charter Agreement which demands the highest professional recruiting standards and practice.
Web site: http://www.games-jobs.com
Telephone: 07867 514554
About Osborne Clarke
A marvelous, knowledgeable and above all enthusiastic team. It knows this industry even better than us, and so we are always completely confident in its advice," exclaimed one client. Paul Gardner is "one of the best in the business" according to clients. "His knowledge of the industry is second to none." He is an expert in alternative financings within the games industry.
Chambers UK: A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2006
Osborne Clarke's practice is led by 'grandfather of the industry' Paul Gardner, whose 'unrivalled knowledge and experience' means that he is considered 'the number one worldwide; way ahead of the rest'. The team has an excellent reputation within the sector, with particular expertise developing and advising on alternative methods to finance computer game development.
The Legal 500, 2006
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