All Cloisters' employment specialists are experts in the area of Equality Law, so we are delighted to announce that seven of its members have been appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) new Panel of Preferred Counsel. They are: Robin Allen QC; Paul Epstein QC ; Declan O’Dempsey; Catherine Casserley; Schona Jolly; David Massarella and Chris Milsom The Panel of Counsel comprises of barristers (in England & Wales) and advocates (in Scotland) who support the EHRC on all legal issues arising out of its functions and activities, including issues that challenge areas of equality and human rights law. Parliament gave the Commission the mandate to challenge discrimination, Continue reading
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JX MX v Dartford Gravesham NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 96 In a landmark judgment handed down today the Court of Appeal have given guidance concerning the request for anonymity at approval hearings. Approval hearings are required under Part 21 of the Civil Procedure Rules when cases are settled on behalf of children and adults who lack capacity. Such hearings are not required by adults who settle their claims. The concern had been that since approval hearings are public hearings at which details of the claimant’s injuries and settlement are made known that confidential information would fall into the public domain Continue reading
Cloisters' barrister Schona Jolly appears for whistle-blower, Dr Stephen Frost, who was fired by text after requesting a police investigation into the dispensing of morphine sulphate tablets at an army base near Blackpool. Dr Frost, who has been granted leave to challenge the MOD at the Employment Tribunal, claims he was not told why his contract was terminated, was not given the opportunity to defend himself and has since suffered stress, anxiety and depression as the result. The full hearing is due to be heard in the summer. Dr Frost was a campaigner for an inquiry into the death of UN Continue reading
Employment Appeal Tribunal to consider when a manifestation of a religious or political belief is appropriate Cloister’s barristers, Ed Williams and Sarah Fraser Butlin, are instructed in the case of GMB v Henderson which will be of fundamental importance to all discrimination lawyers. Keith Henderson was employed as a regional organiser in the General Municipal Boilermakers Union’s (GMB) London region. His job involved undertaking political work as part of the region's political efforts on behalf of the Labour party. Mr Henderson was dismissed for gross misconduct following a series of incidents. His appeal is against a finding that he was Continue reading