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Cloisters responds to public consultation by the European Commission on its review of the Working Time Directive A team of four Cloisters’ barristers, Claire McCann, Olivia Dobbie, Sian McKinley and Chesca Lord, have co-written a response to the public consultation by the European Commission in connection with its review of the Working Time Directive.  The consultation was announced in December 2014 and concluded on 18 March 2015.  Here is a link to the response document.  It is hoped that the Commission’s review will address the impact of recognised changes to working partners since the first Working Time Directive was implemented more than 20 years ago.  Fundamental changes to the economy, technology and working patterns have impacted greatly on the Continue reading
Cloisters unites with key family rights groups to raise awareness on shared parental leave and pay by Claire McCann Cloisters has joined Your Employment Settlement Service(YESS) Law, Maternity Action and Working Families to produce and disseminate vital information on the complex rights associated with shared parental leave which may be taken in respect of babies due to be born on or after 5 April 2015.  The shared parental leave regime is complicated and tricky to understand.  The alliance of Cloisters with these key family rights organisations is called SPLash and we will be producing factsheets and blogs to help increase awareness and understanding for parents and employers on shared parental leave and pay.  The first blog, “Shared Continue reading
William Latimer-Sayer appears for successful Claimant in record medical negligence award case Cloisters barrister, William Latimer-Sayer, led by Susan Rodway QC, appeared for the successful Claimant in a case that saw the highest ever medical clinical negligence award in history. The High Court ruled today that United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust must pay £14.6 million for birth injuries to James Robshaw, after failing to carry out a Caesarean section on his mother Suzanne Adams and properly monitoring her during labour. Her son James suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of obstetric negligence. Liability was admitted. Instructing solicitor: Denise Stephens at Shoosmiths. For judgment read: James Robshaw (a child by his mother and litigation friend Continue reading
Court reserves judgment in gay rights v religious beliefs case Gareth Lee v Ashers Baking Company Limited Belfast High Court reserved judgment yesterday in the case of Gareth Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd - a case that could have wide-reaching consequences for shop owners. Robin Allen QC, acting for gay rights activist Gareth Lee, told the court why a business should not “be allowed to break a contract with a single individual over small sums of money in a way that is tortious and in breach of equality law” irrespective of the fact that the business owner was acting on his or her religious beliefs, the Guardian reports. Mr Lee, Continue reading
Three Cloisters’ barristers elected on Industrial Law Society’s executive committee Chambers is delighted to congratulate Sarah Fraser Butlin who was elected  Vice Chair of the Industrial Law Society at its recent elections. She is joined by Anna Beale who is the newly elected Secretary and Declan O’Dempsey on the executive  committee. Sarah Fraser Butlin is  and employment specialist ‘noted for her strength at appellate level, and is recognised for her strong grasp of the technical minutiae in a case. She is very bright, client-friendly and excellent at cross-examination." (Chambers and Partners). Anna Beale is an employment specialist employment specialist, "well respected for her work on cutting-edge discrimination cases", who also maintains Continue reading