Rachel Chambers

Year of Call: 2002

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PRACTICE AREAS

Discrimination & Equality | Employment

OVERVIEW

Rachel Chambers specialises in employment, discrimination and equality law.

Rachel is an associate member of chambers and a doctoral student at the University of Essex.

Rachel practised as a full-time member of Cloisters from 2003-2013, specialising in employment, discrimination and equality law. She appeared in the High Court, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, county courts and employment tribunals.

Rachel continues to accept instructions. Her experience cuts across many areas including cases of unfair, constructive and wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, unlawful deductions from pay, TUPE transfers, redundancy, equal pay, parental leave rights, direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

APPOINTMENTS AND MEMBERSHIPS

London Borough of Haringey - Independent Person

Member of Human Rights Lawyers Association and Bar Pro Bono Unit.

PUBLICATIONS AND TRAINING

Rachel's recent publications and articles include:

“The UK Context for Business and Human Rights” co-authored with Katherine Tyler in Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Impacts: New Expectations and Paradigms, Lara Blecher, Nancy Kaymar Stafford, and Gretchen Bellamy (eds.), American Bar Association (forthcoming)

Blogs for Lawyers for Better Business website e.g. on the Revised OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (2012)

"Is Home State Litigation the way to fill the Lacuna in Corporate Legal Accountability for Human Rights Violations perpetrated in Host States?" Vol. 4 No.2 Journal of Comparative Law 133 (2009)

"The Implications of the Heyday Judgment" (age discrimination) Employment Law Association Briefing (2009)

"Human Rights Translated: A Business Reference Guide" co-authored with Professor Sarah Joseph and others, published by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and others (2008)

"The UN Human Rights Norms for Corporations: The Private Implications of Public International Law" co-authored with Professor David Kinley Vol. 6 No. 3 Human Rights Law Review 447 (2006)

"The Unocal Settlement: Implications for the Developing Law on Corporate Complicity in Human Rights Abuses" 13 No. 1 Hum. Rts. Brief 14 (2005)

Discrimination Law Review articles on the cases of Shamoon v Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (test case on who is the appropriate comparator in discrimination cases) and Majrowski v Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Trust (employer held vicariously liable for harassment of employee)

Rachel is frequently asked to give lectures and seminars. Recent examples include:

2012: Speaker at Minority Rights Group seminar "Business, Natural Resources and Minority Rights"

2012: Speaker at the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society - International Weekend

2012: Webinar on "Public International Law, Corporations, Individuals and the State" hosted by the Lawyer magazine and the Open University

2012: Speaker at DLA Piper / Allen & Overy Business and Human Rights Workshop

2012: "Rights, Regulation and Remedy: the Extractive Sector and Development", Advocates for International Development Responsible Business Group speaker meeting

2012: Speaker and workshop chair on the subject of disability discrimination under EU law and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the Academy of European Law, Trier, Luxembourg

2010: Equal pay training for EEF

2010: "Human Rights and the Public / Private Sector Divide", chair of panel and speaker at Essex University Business and Human Rights Symposium

2010: "Flexible working", Difficult Employment Law Problems Conference for Central Law Training Ltd

QUALIFICATIONS

MA (Oxon), LLM by Research (Kent, supervised by Professor Peter Muchlinski)

Allen Exhibitioner (Oxford); Major Scholar and Duke of Edinburgh Scholar (BVC)

HIGHLIGHT CASES

Digby v East Cambridgeshire District Council [2007] IRLR 585 - on admissibility of evidence before the employment tribunal.

Palen v RKS Services [2007] All ER (D) 115 (Feb) - on s57A of the Employment Rightst Act 1996, the right to take time off to provide assistance to a dependant.

R (North Cyprus Tourism Centre Ltd and another) v Transport for London Times Law Reports 24/8/2005 - on the legality of TfL's decision to ban the advertising of holidays in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on London transport.

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