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Sally Cowen wins landmark appeal for disabled tourists Catherine Casserley and Sally Cowen represented a disabled tourist who sued Thomas Cook when reasonable adjustments were not made for her. The hotel’s swimming pool was closed and her disability prevented her travelling to the sister hotel facility. No other adjustment was made, despite the next door hotel having a suitable, accessible facility. HHJ Robinson (Sheffield) held on appeal from DJ Bellamy that the duty to make reasonable adjustments does apply outside UK, when the connection to the UK is a strong one, such as in this case, when the contract was made in the UK and the company providing the holiday is a UK company and when the adjustment is reasonable within the country which is being visited. This decision is the first of its kind, to apply the Equality Act 2010 provisions on reasonable adjustments to events outside the Continue reading
Chris Milsom nominated for the Sydney Elland Goldsmith/Bar Pro Bono Unit Award In recognition of his pro bono services Chris Milsom has been jointly nominated for the Sydney Elland Goldsmith award by Public Concern at Work and the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit. His nomination is also supported by clients who have described him as “a credit to the profession” and “a flag bearer for the pro bono ethic.” The results are announced on 8th November 2014 at the annual Bar Conference. Continue reading
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The Times Lawyer of the week: Schona Jolly Schona Jolly has been named as The Times Lawyer of the week, for the full story click here
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Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters are advising several NGOs on the current draft text of an EU Directive addressing – amongst other grounds - age discrimination in the field of goods, facilities and services. Continue reading
An elite athlete successfully concluded his claim for a record sum of damages.  The former tennis coach suffered a below knee amputation as a result of a road traffic accident.  The Claimant, who was aged 22 at the time, was unable to continue with his chosen career because he was no longer able to move from side-to-side quickly on his prosthetic limb.  However, PACE Rehabilitation provided him with a number of different limbs enabling him to return to many of his previous leisure activities including skiing, running and swimming.  He was the first person in Europe to be fitted with the BiOM iWalk, a revolutionary new prosthetic limb with a powered ankle.  Following his accident he decided to retrain as a ski instructor and has completed his level 1 and 2 BASI courses.  In total the Claimant sought damages to be Continue reading