Discrimination and Equality

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EqualityCloisters is at the heart of all the major equality and discrimination cases and our barristers play an important role in the development of law and policy in this area. We cover every aspect of discrimination and equality law and work on the most complex, high profile and high value cases as advisers and advocates.

Major test case litigation that we have acted in has set the terms of equality law, ranging from the end of a default retirement age through Heyday/Age Concern; extending discrimination law to cover carers of disabled people in Coleman v Attridge Law; obtaining the first injunction against a bank for failing to provide accessible service (Allen v RBS); to establishing the scope of the protection to be given to volunteers under discrimination law(X v Mid Sussex CAB). We are also very much involved in regulatory work such as enforcing the Equality Act in political parties (EHRC v. BNP) or advising regulators about equality law.

The ground-breaking work of our team has recently included one of the biggest ever multi-million pound equal pay cases (Birmingham City Council) and a complex, precedent-setting pregnancy discrimination and harassment case within the armed forces.  

We regularly advise and act on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. During the passage of the Equality Act 2010 we were involved in drafting amendments and briefings as well as advising several NGO and statutory bodies on the implications of the Act for future policy and practice.

A team from Cloisters wrote the Discrimination Law Handbook for Legal Action, which explains, and offers a practical guide to, the employment provisions of the new legislation, and our barristers have contributed to Equality and Discrimination – the New Law (Jordans) and the Guide to the Equality Act 2010 (OUP). 

Cloisters barristers also work internationally on equality and discrimination law issues, advising and drafting submissions in Europe and in international courts.  We also work in international equality arbitrations.

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“…at the forefront of leading discrimination cases…”

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Our barristers cover every aspect of discrimination and equality law: equal pay, employment, goods facilities and services, the public sector equality duty, and education, and all grounds.  Our work has included test case litigation and multi-party cases on all grounds.  

We act all for all sides with a view to sound and sensible advice and compelling advocacy.:

  • The Equality Duties and the Human Rights Act (as well as extensive advice on the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities)
  • Discrimination in relation to goods facilities and services
  • Ground breaking cases under the European provisions on accessible air transport. 
  • Our pioneering cases have ranged from access to high street banks to ensuring local authorities take the needs of disabled persons into account in licensing decisions (Lunt).

Various members, at different levels of seniority, are able to accept instructions direct from members of the public and from organisations.