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2 New Silks for Cloisters

Cloisters' is delighted to announce that  Ed Williams  and  Tom Coghlin  have been successful in the 2017 silk competition. They will both be appointed to Queen's Council at a ceremony taking place on 26th February 2018 at Westminster Hall. Warmest congratulations to Ed and Tom from all at Cloisters, we wish you every success fo...
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Algorithms, Apps & Artificial Intelligence: The Next Frontier in Discrimination Law?

Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters from Cloisters consider the interplay between technology and discrimination law in this article. Overview How often does the media depicts the relentless increase in technology as a danger to our  health , our  children  and our  security ?  More recently, commentators have started to identify...
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Denial of UK State Pension to Transgender Pensioner Constitutes Direct Sex Discrimination

Denial of UK State Pension to male-to-female trans pensioner without a Gender Recognition Certificate constitutes direct sex discrimination contrary to EU Directive 79/7. In MB v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions , Advocate General Bobek considers that the requirement for a trans pensioner to be unmarried in order to qualify for a state pe...
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Time Limits under the Human Rights Act 1998: what is a “course of conduct”?

Anna Beale discusses the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the time limit provisions contained in the Human Rights Act 1998 in O’Connor v Bar Standards Board [2017] UKSC 78 The Statutory Provisions As will be known to most readers, the Human Rights Act 1998 (‘HRA 1998’) provides, in section 7(5)(a), that any proceedings brought against a public aut...
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Tom Brown acts for successful trade union in £1m collective consultation claim

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An Industrial Tribunal in Belfast has upheld a £1m claim that Ulster University failed to consult about collective redundancies, following a two-week trial. The Tribunal accepted Tom’s submissions that there had been a serious failure to consult, and that management had actively misled union officials by not revealing how advanced the proposals to ...
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