Dominic Holmes

Partner and Head of Employment Law, Taylor Vinters LLP

I am responsible for leading the employment team at international law firm Taylor Vinters.  We focus on supporting the businesses which drive the innovation economy.  

I specialise in advising large employers (including several well-known brands) and growth companies across sectors with sensitive workplace disputes, senior level hires / exits, complex employment law issues and, more recently, managing the business impact of COVID-19.

I have a particular interest in helping employers prepare for the future world of work.  

My Sessions

Are You Biased? How Fair is AI Use in Your HR Processes? (Sponsored by Manetu)

AI is a useful tool to help with HR Processes such as recruitment screenings of CVs, social media and personality tests, and processing performance data, automating parts of the onboarding process, agile learning and workplace data analysis. Nevertheless, there are some biases and privacy implications.

Researchers in Germany conducted a study sending three resumes with identical qualifications to recruiters with one German name, one Turkish and one Turkish name wearing a headscarf. They found that the German name was called back 19% of the time, the one with a Turkish name 14% and the candidate with a Turkish name who wore a headscarf, just 4% showing a clear bias in recruitment.

This panel will explore the biases within HR recruitment and processes and what companies can do to consider data protection law and equalities law when developing AI systems.

  • Joe Tidy, Cyber Security Correspondent, BBC News
  • Amy Lui Abel, PhD, Vice President, Human Capital, The Conference Board  
  • Megan Marie Butler, Senior Research Advisor; data, technology, and AI, CIPD
  • Dominic Holmes, Partner and Head of Employment Law at Taylor Vinters