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The coroner at the inquest of 12 year old cancer patient, Sophie Ryan-Palmer, who died in 2013 after frozen cells were used in a bone marrow transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital, ruled that freezing stem cells may have contributed to her death. Three other children also died that year. All were treated at the hospital at the same time but died at different times due to their differing illnesses. Sarah Fraser Butlin acted for the family of one of the children, 13-month old Ryan Loughran. In Ryan’s case the treatment would not have affected the outcome. For the full story go to BBC News report Continue reading
By Anna Beale In an Opinion delivered today,[1] Advocate General Jääskinen has rejected the UK’s challenge to the provisions in the EU’s “Capital Requirements” legislation (comprising Directive 2013/36/EU and Regulation (EU) No 575/2013) which purport to regulate the amount of bankers’ bonuses and promote greater transparency in relation to remuneration packages. Directive 2013/36/EU includes a provision imposing a set ratio between fixed remuneration (basic salary), and variable remuneration (bonus) for individuals whose professional activities impact on the risk profile of financial institutions. Such individuals may not be paid a bonus exceeding 100% of their basic salary, which can be increased to 200% if Member States decide to confer this power on shareholders, owners or members of these financial institutions. Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 requires financial institutions to disclose the ratio outlined in the Directive, and also details of (i) the number Continue reading
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The migrant domestic worker who suffered mistreatment and victimisation by her employers has been granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court. Cloisters’ barristers Robin Allen QC  Head of Chambers and Christopher Milsom will represent the Appellant in this leading case. For background news on case development go to Cloisters news: Taiwo v Olaigbe & Anr  For CA decision: Onu v Akwiwu & Anor: Taiwo v Olaigbe & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 279 Continue reading
Robin Allen QC, Cloisters head of Chambers and a leading expert in equality law was asked for his expert opinion on BBC London ‘Inside Out ‘ investigation footage that showed a large number of  high street chains still seen to be failing to accommodate people with disabilities. Two BBC researchers, one blind with a guide dog and one wheelchair bound, documented their experience with pinhole cameras. Some of the top chains were seen to fail to provide ramps for the wheelchair and five mini cabs were seen to refuse to take the guide-dog. After viewing the footage, Mr Allen said: “What I have seen in terms of the drivers who refused to take the guide dog appeared to be a clear case of a criminal offence." Of the stores he said: "If they fail to make reasonable adjustments and an individual Continue reading
The remedies hearing on the second wave of the pay case representing 363 claims dating from 2001 to 2007 against North Lanarkshire Council, raised examples of women working in the social care service being paid less than men doing the same job. The two day hearing took place in Glasgow. Ms Daphne Romney representing the claimants argued strongly for the appropriate statutory rate of interest applicable in Scotland and an award for Injury to feelings (ITF).   The Council argued for a lower rate of interest to be applied to awards and that ITF does not apply to equal pay cases. Employment tribunal decision is due on these two legal issues. For press coverage on this landmark case go to: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/record-view-gender-pay-gaps-4563001 http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/annie-brown-man-up-give-4571773 Continue reading