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Foster carers are the next battleground in the debate concerning worker status

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) are supporting a number of foster carers who allege that they are “workers” and as such entitled to significant compensation for holiday pay.  An article from the BBC outlining one element of this litigation is available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41543651 .  Cloisters’ barrist...
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The Future Effects Principle in European law: Cloisters wins reference to the Court of Justice on behalf of hundreds of part-time judges whose pensions have been calculated on a limited basis.

The Supreme Court has this morning handed down judgment in the cases of O’Brien and Miller and ors v Ministry of Justice . The Supreme Court has made a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The cases concern discrimination against part-time judges in the calculation of pensions. The issue is whether periods of service as a part-t...
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Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters provide submissions to the United Nations

Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters provide submissions to the United Nations
The United Nation’s Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) is considering a new international instrument in order to protect older people.  It has called for evidence in advance of its Eighth Working Session in July 2017 ( https://social.un.org/ageing-working-group ).  Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters, barristers at Cloisters, have submitted a pap...
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No “reason why”: Essop and Naeem in the Supreme Court

No “reason why”: Essop and Naeem in the Supreme Court
Robin Allen QC and Anna Beale consider the latest case on indirect discrimination and ask the pressing question: are equal pay cases suddenly significantly easier for Claimants? The Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the cases of Essop and others v Home Office (UK Border Agency) and Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice . The judgment...
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Robin Allen QC gives evidence to the Lords Constitution Committee on the crisis in Judicial Recruitment

Robin Allen QC gives evidence to the Lords Constitution Committee on the crisis in Judicial Recruitment
Robin Allen QC , Chair of the Bar’s Equality and Diversity and Social Mobility Committee gave evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee on the 15 th March 2017.  The Committee is conducting a follow-up inquiry to its report on 'Judicial Appointments' in light of the slow progress to equality and the startling findings of the Judici...
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