Cloisters is delighted to announce that Catherine Casserley has been appointed specialist adviser to the House of Lords’ Equality Act 2010 and Disability Select Committee. This is a part-time role and Catherine remains in full-time practice at Chambers.

The Select Committee was appointed on 11 June to consider the impact of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to how it serves disabled people. The Act was intended to harmonise discrimination law and strengthen the law to support progress on equality.  The Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 will ask how effective this legislation is.

Areas that the Committee will consider include:

  • The achievements of the Equality Act 2010 in harmonising disability discrimination law.
  • Possible gaps in the legislation affecting people with disabilities.
  • Reasonable adjustment, and how well this concept is understood and implemented.
  • How effective the public sector equality duty has been in practice.
  • How different approaches to the law across the UK have worked.
  • The division of responsibilities between Ministers and between Government departments.
  • The role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in enforcing the legislation.


The committee is currently accepting written evidence which must be received by 4 September 2015. The Committee has to report by 23 March 2016.