IMPRESS announces new Appointment Panel member

IMPRESS has announced a new member of its Appointment Panel: Paul McFarlane, Legal Director at Capsticks LLP.

The IMPRESS Appointments Panel is an independent subcommittee of the IMPRESS Board, which is responsible for appointing Board members through a fair and open process.

Paul McFarlane is a Legal Director at Capsticks LLP who has 25 years’ experience advising, mainly employers in the public sector, on all aspects of employment and discrimination law. His particular specialisms include advising on: complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims, advising on working time and industrial relations issues. He regularly writes on employment law issues in the national, HR and legal press. Paul is also Deputy Chair of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA); a Board Director with Black Solicitors Network (BSN); and an External Assessor for the College of Policing. In 2019, Paul was named Chambers and Partners Minority Lawyer of the Year for his work in trying to improve diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.

Paul McFarlane said: ‘I’m delighted to join IMPRESS Appointment’s Panel. It is more vital than ever that we have an independent press. I hope the skills and experience I have gained, in the various positions I have held during my career, will help IMPRESS fairly select its future Board members.’

Caroline Instance MCIPD, Chair of the IMPRESS Appointment Panel, said: ‘The Appointment Panel is committed to keeping its fair and open recruitment processes the best they can be. Paul’s professional skills and experience in assessment will help us do that.’



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