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Business as usual? The European Court of Justice and Brexit

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Thursday 15 November 2018 6.30pm – 8.00pm with drinks to follow  Venue:  UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY Speakers:  Eleanor Sharpston, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union and Schona Jolly QC, Cloisters Fee: This event is free of charge to members of Industrial Law Society (ILS...
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Cloisters’ barristers to speak at the Public Law Project’s annual Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference.

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Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters will be speaking at the session, “ AI Justice: Artificial intelligence decision-making and the law” which will discuss concerns about the introduction of AI technologies into decision-making processes within government and the justice system. Specifically, they will be explaining how discrimination law can be use...
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22 QCs on the Hot Employment Law Issues 2018-19

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Cloisters is pleased to announce that a number of our silks will be talking at the upcoming 22QCs 2018 with Michael Rubenstein Conferences.  A unique event in the employment law calendar, the event will bring together a number of Britain’s top employment and discrimination law silks. See below details of talks by Cloisters Barristers.  11...
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Algorithms, Apps and Artificial Intelligence: The Next Frontier in Discrimination Law?

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Wednesday 4 July 2018 from 18:00 to 19:30 Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters will jointly deliver a talk on the interplay between technology and discrimination law at an upcoming Practioner Group Meeting at the Discrimination Law Association.  Following the popularity of the their Algorithms, Apps and Artifical Intelligence blog, Robin and Dee wil...
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ELA Annual Conference 2018

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  Wednesday 23rd May 2018  Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London, W2 2TY Cloisters' are delighted that several of their employment experts will speak at this years' ELA annual conference and dinner. Specialist equality, employment and civil liberties barrister   Schona Jolly QC will sit on the panel for the plenary sessio...
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Equality Law after Brexit

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Thursday 26th April 2018, 4 - 5pm The British Academy, 10 - 11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH Expert equality law barrister Schona Jolly QC will join a distinguished panel to discuss the future of equality law after Brexit.  Schona will be joined on the panel by Catherine Barnard (The UK in a Changing Europe) and Clive Colema...
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Sports Law & Business Conference

Friday 16 March 2018 This full day conference, to be held at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, will allow those with an interest in sports law, governance and business the opportunity to hear what the leading experts think about the important issues of the day, before debating the same at a drinks reception and networking session. Schona Jolly QC w...
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The gender pay gap: why its removal is a priority for today’s workplace

Wednesday 28 February 2018 Rachel Crasnow QC will deliver a talk on the gender pay gap at a conference designed to give up-to-the-minute strategies and practical guidance to legal professionals. Her talk will cover: - Just what is the gender pay gap?  - Competing causes - How to close the gap: Simple solutions & long term objectives. ...
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ELA - Disability discrimination, how key concepts have been clarified in the last year

Tuesday 27 February, 6:30 - 7:30pm Venue: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 65 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1HT Speakers: Catherine Casserley , Cloisters and Karen Jackson, didlaw. Specialist equality, discrimination, employment and human rights barrister Catherine Casserley will speak at an upcoming Employment Lawyers Association event. The evening session...
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Disability in the Legal Professions

Tuesday 27 February, 6.30pm, 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane London Diversity in the legal professions is often discussed and debated. The deliberations of race, gender and social class equality, however, often omit disability. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the steps needed to ensure that disabled people can acces...
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Schona Jolly QC to address disability and equality in a post-Brexit UK.

Thursday 8th February Schona Jolly QC  spoke at the Business Disability Forum President’s Group Dinner. A flagship event for Business Disability Forum Partners, the dinner is an opportunity for senior leaders to join thoughtful and interesting conversation with disabled opinion formers and influencers. The theme of the evening was Brexit and l...
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Closing the Race Employment and Pay Gaps: Levers for Change

Wednesday 31 January 2018, 10 - 1pm The Equality and Diversity Forum and Cloisters are excited to host, Closing the Race Employment and Pay Gaps: Levers fo r Change.  This seminar will focus on how we can work together to achieve policy and behaviour change, hearing from leading experts in these fields. An interactive panel session will provid...
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Cloisters sponsors the launch of the Fawcett Society Sex Discrimination Law Review

                      Fawcett Society Sex Discrimination Law Review Launch, Tuesday 23 January 2018 Cloisters is delighted to announce sponsorship of the launch of the Fawcett Society Sex Discrimination Law Review. The Fawcett Society , the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equal...
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Claire McCann and Navid Pourghazi to speak at ELA Conference

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Tuesday 20 March 2018, 9:30am - 5:30pm  Discrimination: The Law and Strategy presented by The Employment Lawyers Association is a two day conference. Cloister's Claire McCann and Navid Pourghazi will deliver an introduction to the concepts of discrimination. Their session will identify key discrimination concepts, including identifying protect...
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Equality Law Training in Scotland

Monday 29 January 2018, 9:50 - 4pm  Presented by the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland in association with Michael Rubenstein Conferences Ltd. This conference is aimed at experienced lawyers, practitioners in employment and equality law, and equality and diversity specialists.  Rachel Crasnow QC   will deliver a talk abou...
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Discrimination Law in 2018 presented by Michael Rubenstein Conferences Ltd

Friday 26 January 2018, 8:45 - 4pm This unique conference is open to discrimination lawyers, Government officials, equality and diversity specialists and others interested in attending the most authoritative review available of recent discrimination legislation and case law. Join Michael Rubenstein and six of Britain’s leading discrimination law ex...
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Schona Jolly QC to chair the HRLA Annual General Meeting and Lecture

Tuesday 23 January 2018, 5:30 - 8pm The Human Rights Law Association Annual Lecture is open to everyone. The chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, David Isaac, will talk about the state of human rights in modern Britain. Leading the conversation will be Cloister's Schona Jolly QC .  To register for this event please contact&n...
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Employment Law Conference: What You Need to Know in 2018

At this one-day conference to be held at Parliament Chamber, Inner Temple on Wednesday 1st November 2017, Cloisters’ leading silks and juniors will provide first class legal and practical advice on a range of current and emerging employment law issues for 2018. The conference will be relevant to all legal and HR professionals. Please clic...
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Technology Conference, 14th September 2017 in London

Technology Conference being held on 14th September 2017 at the Pullman Hotel, King/s Cross, London.  Please click here for full information.

ILS Annual Conference on Manifestation of Faith in the Workplace

Schona Jolly QC will be speaking at the ILS Annual Conference in Oxford on Manifestation of Faith in the Workplace.   http://www.industriallawsociety.org.uk/ils_events/68
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Equality law after Brexit – what next?

Scottish Discrimination Law Association (SDLA) and Industrial Law Society joint afternoon seminar: Equality law after Brexit – What next? and SDLA AGM   The SDLA and Industrial Law Society invites you to an afternoon seminar on Thursday 7th September 2017, at 4pm (registration from 3.30pm onwards), at the offices of Maclay Murray & Spens L...
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Claire McCann to co-lead “LGB….But What About the T?” workshop on 24 May

Claire McCann to co-lead “LGB….But What About the T?” workshop on 24 May
Claire McCann , one of the barristers in Cloisters’ award-winning Employment and Equality Team, will be co-leading a workshop next week at the Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference in central London (24 th May 2017), entitled “LGB….But What About the T? A Conversation about Trans Equality, its Legal Context and Practical Implications”. I...
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Rachel Crasnow QC & Daphne Romney to speak at the first ELBA event on Well-Being At the Bar

Rachel Crasnow QC & Daphne Romney to speak at the first ELBA event on Well-Being At the Bar
On 17 May Rachel Crasnow QC and Daphne Romney QC are to speak at the first ELBA event on Well-Being At the Bar. Entitled “ "Keeping each other sane: tips for leading a happy legal lif e ”, the seminar builds on the work the Bar Council has developed - see http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/supporting-the-bar/wellbeing-at-the-bar

Rachel Crasnow QC & Sarah Fraser Butlin spoke about diversity on campus at the UHR Annual Conference

Rachel Crasnow QC & Sarah Fraser Butlin spoke about diversity on campus at the UHR Annual Conference
Rachel Crasnow QC and Sarah Fraser Butlin spoke to the UK’s leading University HR directors at the UHR Annual Conference in Newcastle on 10 March about diversity on campus, focusing on the lawfulness of topics such as no-platforming and safe spaces as well as the importance of addressing ongoing problems of harassment and equal pay.

Sally Robertson to deliver sex discrimination workshop at ERA’s EU Gender Equality Law seminar

Sally Robertson to deliver sex discrimination workshop at ERA’s EU Gender Equality Law seminar
Between 4-5 May, Sally Robertson becomes the latest of Cloisters' barristers to take part in the Academy of European Law’s (ERA) programme of conferences and training events. Now in its 25 th Jubilee year, more than 125,000 European jurists have participated at ERA events. Cloisters barristers, including Paul Epstein QC , Rachel Crasnow QC , Cather...
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Dress Codes at Work, Discrimination or good for business?

Dress Codes at Work, Discrimination or good for business?
Dame Laura Cox, Sam Smethers, Rachel Crasnow QC and John Graham will be speaking at our event Dress Codes at Work today to be held at The Law Society. The event will commence from 18:30 till 19:45 which will be followed by a networking and drinks session. This will give delegates the opportunity to receive insights on the pitfalls and latest develo...
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Declan O'Dempsey to discuss "Litigating Human Rights in the EU" at Maynooth University

Declan O'Dempsey to discuss "Litigating Human Rights in the EU" at Maynooth University
Declan O’Dempsey will be speaking on “Litigating Human Rights in the EU” at  Maynooth University Department of Law at the international Jean Monnet Summer School “The EU and Human Rights in a Time of Crisis” on 19 June 2017. How will the EU’s commitment to human rights influence its relationship to the UK post-Brexit?  The summer school e...
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Declan O'Dempsey to speak at the Council for Racial Equality’s Inaugural Human Rights and Equality event

Declan O'Dempsey to speak at the Council for Racial Equality’s Inaugural Human Rights and Equality event
On 6 April 2017 Declan O’Dempsey will be at UNISON’s headquarters in Belfast addressing the Northern Ireland Council for Racial Equality’s Inaugural Human Rights and Equality event: “ Brexit and Human Rights Protections ” on “How businesses can use the law to combat racism”. Declan’s talk will cover the way in which employers and businesses can use...
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Schona Jolly QC to speak at Human Rights after Brexit alongside Keir Starmer MP in Westminster

Schona Jolly QC to speak at Human Rights after Brexit alongside Keir Starmer MP in Westminster
Schona Jolly QC will be speaking at Human Rights after Brexit on 26 th April at Westminster (RSVP for details), alongside fellow panelists Keir Starmer MP (Shadow Secretary of State for exiting the European Union), Polly Toynbee (The Guardian), Narmada Thirangama (Unison), and Lord Stewart Wood. This is an opportunity to discuss human rights, equal...
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Are Courts taking reasonable adjustments seriously?

Are Courts taking reasonable adjustments seriously?
John Horan is lecturing the Law Centre Network on 31 March 2017 as to whether Courts are taking seriously their international duty to help disabled litigants in accessing the justice system by making reasonable adjustments. As part of the “Living Right Project” John will compare the attitude of the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland to the approac...
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5 Cloisters QCs to speak at Michael Rubenstein’s Autumn Hot Employment Law Issues

5 Cloisters QCs to speak at Michael Rubenstein’s Autumn Hot Employment Law Issues
Cloisters barristers  Daphne Romney QC ,  Caspar Glyn QC ,  Jason Galbraith-Marten QC ,  Rachel Crasnow QC and Schona Jolly QC will be speaking at the Michael Rubenstein Hot Topics in Employment 2017/8 Conference on 5th- 6th October.  Day One features Schona Jolly QC  on  religious discrimination in the workp...
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Declan O’Dempsey to provide training to the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Declan O’Dempsey to provide training to the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Cloisters is proud to announce that Declan O’Dempsey of Cloisters has been awarded the contract to provide training to the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the use of international treaties in UK law. Catherine Casserley together with Declan will provide the training materials for the course on the 23 rd March this year. The training aims to...
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Catherine Casserley to speak on 'Using the Equality Act 2010 to improve access to public transport'

Catherine Casserley to speak on 'Using the Equality Act 2010 to improve access to public transport'
On the 23 rd February Catherine Casserley will present on the topic of using the Equality Act 2010 to improve access to public transport. She will be joined by Joanna Owen and Mark Stone from Equality and Human Rights Commissions and Transport for All. Catherine Casserley represented Doug Paulley in this case at the Supreme Court. Date: 23 February...
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Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at the EOR-TUC conference in London and Equality Law Training in Scotland

Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at the EOR-TUC conference in London and Equality Law Training in Scotland
Cloisters is delighted to announce that our leading discrimination law experts Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnow QC will be speaking at the Equal Opportunities Review and The Trades Union Congress (EOR-TUC) Annual Conference to be held in London on 20 th January 2017. Additionally, Robin and Rachel will also speak at the Equality Law Training ...
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Robin Allen QC of Cloisters to give the prestigious Hamlyn Lectures in 2018

Robin Allen QC of Cloisters to give the prestigious Hamlyn Lectures in 2018
Robin Allen QC has been invited to give the prestigious Hamlyn Lectures in 2018.  The current 2017 series have been given by Dame Sian Ellis the Chief Justice of New Zealand , and the 2017 series will be given by Professor Andrew Burrows, Oxford Professor of the Law of England.  Robin is expected to lecture on the future development of eq...
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William Latimer-Sayer QC speaks on life expectancy at the annual PIBA Conference 2016

William Latimer-Sayer QC speaks on life expectancy at the annual PIBA Conference 2016
William Latimer-Sayer QC spoke on the topic of ‘life expectancy’ at this year’s PIBA annual conference held at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, on 8-10 April 2016. William, a Catastrophic Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence specialist, is a highly ranked barrister with a special interest in quantum. To read William’s paper on Life Expectancy ple...
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Cloisters sponsors the Association of University Legal Practitioners’ Conference 2016 on 11 -12 April 2016

Cloisters sponsors the Association of University Legal Practitioners’ Conference 2016 on 11 -12 April 2016
Cloisters is proud to co-sponsor this year’s annual conference of the Association of University Legal Practitioners (AULP) held at  Cambridge University on 11-12 April 2016. This two-day event promises to be a controversial one. Declan O’Dempsey will speak on how the implications of Prevent Duty placed on higher education bodies under the Coun...
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Robin Allen QC and Prof. Muriel Robison to speak on key Discrimination Law updates at the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity seminar

Robin Allen QC and Prof. Muriel Robison to speak on key Discrimination Law updates at the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity seminar
Robin Allen QC and Professor Muriel Robison will provide key Discrimination Law updates for lawyers and HR practitioners at a seminar hosted by the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity (FRED) in collaboration with the University of Northampton on April 11 2016 at Aston University, Birmingham from 6pm – 8pm. The two-hour course will cover ...
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Claire McCann and Olivia-Faith Dobbie to speak at the ELA conference Discrimination: The Law and Strategy

Claire McCann and Olivia-Faith Dobbie to speak at the ELA conference Discrimination: The Law and Strategy
Claire McCann  and Olivia-Faith Dobbie will be speaking on ‘Introduction to concepts of discrimination’ at the ELA  Discrimination: The Law and Strategy Conference on Tuesday 15 March 2016 at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists , 27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park London. Claire and Olivia’s plenary morning session...
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Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at the TUC/EOR Discrimination Law Conference 2016

Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at the TUC/EOR Discrimination Law Conference 2016
Rachel Crasnow QC is speaking on the challenges to the Shared Parental Leave regime at the TUC/EOR Discrimination Law Conference 2016 on 22 January 2016. Rachel is currently advising the Bar Council on how to implement SPL. This annual discrimination law conference, held at TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, will give trade unio...
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Robin Allen QC to speak at the Discrimination Law in 2016 Conference

Robin Allen QC to speak at the Discrimination Law in 2016 Conference
On 25 January 2016 Robin Allen QC will join an eminent panel of experts to speak at the  Discrimination Law in 2016 Conference: ‘The authoritative review of the most dynamic area of employment law in Scotland ‘. Robin’s session will cover the issue of ‘Discrimination because of religion or belief and sexual orientation’. This ever popular annu...
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Dee Masters to speak at Legal-Island's 10th Equality Law Update in Northern Ireland

Dee Masters to speak at Legal-Island's 10th Equality Law Update in Northern Ireland
Dee Masters is to speak at Legal-Island's 10th Equality Law Update at the Merchant Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland on the 2 December 2015. Dee's session will cover Age Discrimination and Goods, Facilities and Services (GFS). Legal-Island's 10th Equality Law Update is an full-day event ( 09:20 - 16:30) that will bring together leading practitioners...
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Declan O’Dempsey to lead workshop at the European Equality Law Network Legal Seminar 2015

Declan O’Dempsey to lead workshop at the European Equality Law Network Legal Seminar 2015
Declan O’Dempsey will lead a workshop at the European Equality Law Network Legal Seminar 2015 on 24 November 2015  at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Brussels.   He will present a study on the EU concept of disability & reasonable accommodations in the light of the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities . The se...
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Catherine Casserley to speak on Disability and the Equality Act 2010: Removing Barriers to Equality and Human Rights Implementation?

Catherine Casserley to speak on Disability and the Equality Act 2010: Removing Barriers to Equality and Human Rights Implementation?
Catherine Casserley will join an expert panel of speakers at this half-day free event on 4 December 2015 that will focus on what impact legal aid and other reforms are having on the enforcement of disability equality rights (now contained in the Equality Act 2010). This event, jointly hosted by the Centre for Disability Studies and the Centre for L...
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Robin Allen QC, Rachel Crasnow QC and Catherine Casserley to speak at the DLA Annual Conference

Robin Allen QC, Rachel Crasnow QC and Catherine Casserley to speak at the DLA Annual Conference
Cloisters' Robin Allen QC , Rachel Crasnow QC and Catherine Casserley are speakers at the DLA Annual Conference 2015 "Equality Rights - Where next?" on Monday 26th October 2015. This is an The essential conference for anyone interested in equality law.  2015 is the 50th anniversary of the first Race Relations Act, the 40th anniversary of ...
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Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at the Annual Discrimination Law Conference 2016

Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at the Annual Discrimination Law Conference 2016
Cloisters' Head of Chambers Robin Allen QC and  Rachel Crasnow QC will be covering key issues in discrimination law at the TUC headquarters in London on Friday 22 January 2016 at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. The conference, devised by Michael Rubenstein, is open to discrimination lawyers, Governmen...
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Daphne Romney QC to talk on recent surprising developments in discrimination law at ILS event

Daphne Romney QC to talk on recent surprising developments in discrimination law at ILS event
Daphne Romney QC will be giving a talk on the latest surprising developments in discrimination law at the ILS meeting in Edinburgh on 22 October 2015. Her course will consider whether the Court of Appeal will reverse the unwelcome re-appearance of Malcolm into disability discrimination in Griffiths v SSWP . Why is abstaining from fizzy drinks not f...
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Declan O'Dempsey to chair panel of experts at Annual Human Rights Conference

Declan O'Dempsey to chair panel of experts at Annual Human Rights Conference
Declan O’Dempsey is chairing a panel of equality experts at the 17 th Annual Human Rights Law Conference (2015) at Church House London.  The 17th annual conference will examine a broad range of topical human rights issues, and key legal experts will interpret and discuss recent case law and legislative developments. Declan will be delivering a...
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Declan O'Dempsey to speak at ERA Seminar - Applying EU Anti-Discrimination Law.

Declan O'Dempsey to speak at ERA Seminar - Applying EU Anti-Discrimination Law.
Declan O’Dempsey is to speak at the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature, Paris, at a conference on Applying EU Anti-Discrimination Law – a Seminar for members of the Judiciary on 19-21 October 2015, organised by ERA on behalf of the EU Commission with the support of the French National School for the Judiciary.  Declan will deliver a talk to a ...
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Cloisters' Employment and Discrimination seminars

Cloisters' Employment and Discrimination seminars
Cloisters' highly acclaimed autumn seminar programme on employment and discrimination on 13 and 15 October 2015 is featured below. Venue Cloisters. 1 Pump Court EC4Y 7AA Time 18.15 - 19.45 CPD for each talk is 1.5 Cakes, obesity and no room on buses! Anna Beale & Catherine Casserley : Tuesday 13 October Upcoming challenges in employment discrim...
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Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at Addleshaw Goddard's Employment Group seminar

Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at Addleshaw Goddard's Employment Group seminar
Cloisters’ Rachel Crasnow QC will be speaking at Addleshaw Goddard’s annual Employment Group Training Day for in-house employment lawyers and HR professionals on 15 October 2015. Rachel’s session ‘Fighting for adjustments - 20 years of disability discrimination’  will offer guidance through how the law has developed over the last 20 years.&nbs...
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Rachel Crasnow QC speaker at MBL Employment Law Conference 2015

Rachel Crasnow QC speaker at MBL Employment Law Conference 2015
Rachel Crasnow QC will be speaking at the MBL "Employment Law Conference – Review of the Year 2015" on Monday 14 September 2015 at the London Hilton Hotel, 22 Park Lane London W1K 1BE. Rachel’s session will cover the dramatic developments in discrimination law. This conference is 6 CPD hours. 

Schona Jolly to speak at the JUSTICE Human Rights Law Conference 2015

Schona Jolly to speak at the JUSTICE Human Rights Law Conference 2015
Cloisters’ Head of Human Rights and Civil Liberties Group, Schona Jolly will join a panel of experts to speak on the latest Equality and Human Rights issues at the Justice Annual Human Rights Law Conference on 12 October 2015. The conference, aimed at all human rights lawyers, offers a great opportunity to update legal knowledge, gain valuable...
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Is equality, diversity and human rights yesterday's debate?

Is equality, diversity and human rights yesterday's debate?
This theme will be considered at Liverpool John Moores University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Conference on 4 November 2015 where Cloisters' Robin Allen QC will be keynote speaker. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is a fast changing scene and this popular event will review the past five years since the Equality Act 2010 came i...
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Robin Allen QC to speak at the Industrial Law Society’s Annual Oxford Conference 2015

Robin Allen QC to speak at the Industrial Law Society’s Annual Oxford Conference 2015
Cloisters' Robin Allen QC  is to speak at the Industrial Law Society’s Annual Oxford Conference  being held at St Catherine’s College Oxford on 25-27 September 2015. This event  will cover the following topics: -Conflict of rights in the discrimination field; -Restrictive covenants; -Individual v collective rights; -Settlement a...
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Jason Galbraith-Marten QC to be a key note speaker at The Association of University Legal Practitioners’ Annual Conference

Jason Galbraith-Marten QC to be a key note speaker at The Association of University Legal Practitioners’ Annual Conference
Jason Galbraith-Marten QC   will be a key note speaker at Cloisters' sponsored  Association of University Legal Practitioners (AULP) Conference 2015. This two day annual event for AULP members will include workshops and presentations on current issues faced by legal services in higher education. The conference is being held at University ...
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After the Arab Spring: Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Middle East

After the Arab Spring: Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Middle East
Cloisters' barrister Schona Jolly will join a panel of eminent speakers at the seminar  After the Arab Spring: Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Middle East  which will explore existing and emerging forces across the Middle East four years after the start of the 'Arab Spring'. The panellists will examine the current human rights sit...
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Robin Allen QC to chair session at the 10th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Brussels

Robin Allen QC to chair session at the 10th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Brussels
Cloisters' Head of Chambers, Robin Allen QC , is invited to chair a session at the Joint Council of Europe- European Commission - Age Platform Europe - ENNHRI's high level conference to mark the 10th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The conference titled ' Tackling elder abuse in Europe: a renewed commitment or a missed opportunity?' will take plac...
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Five Cloisters' Silks join 22 QC panel to update on Hot Employment Issues for 2015-2016

Five Cloisters' Silks join 22 QC panel to update on Hot Employment Issues for 2015-2016
Five Cloisters' Silks are on the panel of 22 leading Queen’s Counsel at the 22 Silk - Hot issues in Employment Law 2015-2016  conference devised and chaired by Michael Rubenstein. Robin Allen QC ,   Daphne Romney QC ,   Jason Galbraith-Marten QC , Caspar Glyn QC and Rachel Crasnow QC will be part of the expert panel who will update d...
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Rachel Crasnow QC, David Massarella and Jennifer Danvers lecture on 'dishonesty test in regulatory proceedings' to RCN

Rachel Crasnow QC, David Massarella and Jennifer Danvers lecture on 'dishonesty test in regulatory proceedings' to RCN
Cloisters barristers, Rachel Crasnow QC , David Massarella and Jennifer Danvers are giving a talk to the Royal College of Nursing on the dishonesty test within regulatory proceedings and how this has developed over time. The lecture on Monday 20 April is in London. 

Patricia Hitchcock QC and Joel Donovan QC talk on 'Hot topics and perennial problems' at MBL clinical negligence conference

Patricia Hitchcock QC and Joel Donovan QC talk on 'Hot topics and perennial problems'  at MBL clinical negligence conference
Cloisters barristers, Patricia Hitchcock QC and Joel Donovan QC join leading expert panel of speakers at MBL's Hot Topics and Perennial Problems in Clinical Negligence  conference  on Friday 17 April 2015 in London. Patricia, who will chair the conference, specialises in clinical negligence, catastrophic personal injury, inquests, me...
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Whistleblowing: How to fight and win under the new law

Whistleblowing: How to fight and win under the new law
Cloisters’ barrister Caspar Glyn QC and former Chair of the Industrial Law Society will give a talk on Whistleblowing at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Free Trade Hall in Manchester on 28 April 2015 at 6pm. Caspar will analyse the changes following the biggest shake-up to whistleblowing legislation in 2013 and will predict how the courts w...
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Holiday Pay Claims: The beginning of the end? Or merely the end of the beginning?

Holiday Pay Claims: The beginning of the end? Or merely the end of the beginning?
Cloisters barristers,  Caspar Glyn QC and Daniel Dyal , will conduct an evening seminar for the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) on the topic of  Holiday Pay Claims on Monday 13 April 2015 at the Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln's Inn Fields. London Their talk will analyse where we are, suggest where we are going and ...
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Rachel Crasnow QC and Yvette Genn speak at Law Management Section HR forum

Rachel Crasnow QC and Yvette Genn speak at  Law Management Section HR forum
Cloisters barristers Rachel Crasnow QC and Yvette Genn are invited to speak at the Law Society’s Law Management Section HR Forum on Tuesday 24 March 2015. Rachel’s talk will cover gender and diversity highlighting issues of: Equal pay – spotlight on law firms Equalising pay Gender and diversity balance – practical steps Yvette will talk about flexi...
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Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at the Industrial Law Society's One Day Spring Conference -Saturday 25 April 2015

Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at the Industrial Law Society's One Day Spring Conference -Saturday 25 April 2015
Rachel Crasnow QC , Cloisters barrister, is to speak on the topic of " Fighting for Adjustments: twenty years of the DDA" at the ILS One Day Spring Conference which continues to deal with the cutting edge legal issues that affect the worker; from all sides of the debate.  Line-up of speakers include Sir Brendan Barber, Chair of ACAS ...
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Debunking banking

Debunking banking
Do you know what 'derivatives' means? ...or  'FOREX'...or 'futures'...or  'positions'?  No? Then you are not alone and all will be explained at an informal briefing in the famous Dispensary on the 19th March between 2.30pm - 4.30pm at Leman Street London E1 when Cloisters employment barrister,   Jason Galbraith-Marten QC , ...
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Applying EU Anti-Discrimination Law

Applying EU Anti-Discrimination Law
Cloisters barrister Tom Brown is one of the speakers at the prestigious ‘Applying EU Anti-Discrimination Law’ seminar being held  on 20- 21 April 2015 at the ERA Conference Centre, Trier, Germany. The seminar organised by the ERA on behalf of the European Commission is aimed at legal practitioners from EU member states...
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Discrimination Law Conference 2015

Discrimination Law Conference 2015

Cloisters Head of Chambers, Robin Allen QC and barrister Rachel Crasnow QC, spoke at the high profile TUC and Equal Opportunities Review Discrimination Law Conference 2015 on 23 Jan 2015 at TUC headquarters, Great Russell Street, London.

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Rachel Crasnow to talk on pregnancy and maternity leave issues to the Employment Lawyers Group NI

Rachel Crasnow to talk on pregnancy and maternity leave issues to the Employment Lawyers Group NI
  Cloisters barrister, Rachel Crasnow, is to speak on pregnancy and maternity rights at the Employment Lawyers Group NI seminar in Belfast on 11 February 2015. The venue: Old Bar Library, Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast. Time: 1pm – 2pm (arrival at 12.30pm for 1pm start). To register for this seminar go to:   ELG Employment Lawyers ...
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Paul Epstein QC and Caspar Glyn QC speak at the SJ Live Legal Event

Paul Epstein QC and Caspar Glyn QC speak at the SJ Live Legal Event
Cloisters' silks, Paul Epstein QC and Caspar Glyn QC   jointhe legal professions most respected figures to speak at the Solicitors Journal SJ Live two day legal event on 25 th February 2015 at Canary Wharf, London. Paul’s talk entitled ‘Holiday Pay: Holidays from hell’ will cover holidays and sickness, what is included in the calcula...
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Cloisters to host Discrimination Lawyers Annual General Meeting

Cloisters to host Discrimination Lawyers Annual General Meeting
Cloisters Chambers is to host the Discrimination Law Association’s AGM on 21 January 2015. The event features guest speaker Roger Kline, Research Fellow at Middlesex University and author of The “snowy white peaks” of the NHS: a survey of discrimination in governance and leadership and the potential impact on patient care in London and England...
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New EHCPs : challenges and top tips

Cloisters barristers Yvette Genn and Sarah Fraser Butlin were on the panel of speakers at the charity Scope’s Family information Day event on 8 January hosted by the clinical negligence team of Pennington Manches. The primary focus of the event was Education, Health and Care Plans. Sarah and Yvette ran an extremely well received session on this top...
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Simon Dyer to chair Cerebral Palsy and Brain Injury Cases Update conference

Simon Dyer to chair Cerebral Palsy and Brain Injury Cases Update conference

Cloisters barrister Simon Dyer has accepted an invitation to Chair AvMA conference

Cerebral Palsy & Brain Injury Cases – ensuring you do the best for your client on

11 February 2015 at De Vere Holborn Bars, London

CPD: 5 hours and 40 mins.

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Jason Galbraith-Marten QC to speak at the EU Gender Equality Law seminar 23 February 2015

Jason Galbraith-Marten QC to speak at the EU Gender Equality Law seminar 23 February 2015

Cloisters barrister Jason Galbraith-Marten QC joins the panel of eminent speakers at the seminar commissioned by the European Union’s Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – Progress (2007-2013) in Germany on 23 February 2015 at the ERA Conference Centre, Metzer Allee 4, Trier.

The seminar will provide participants with an overview of the EU gender equality legislation as interpreted by the Court of Justice of the EU in its large case on this topic.

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Discrimination Law in 2015

Cloisters’ employment law barristers Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnov will be on the panel of experts speaking at the Discrimination Law in 2015 Conference in London on Friday 23 January 2015.

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Declan O'Dempsey speaks at European Commission's seminar 'Enforcement of equality and anti-discrimination law' on 28 November 2014

Cloisters' barrister, Declan O'Dempsey , is speaking at the Legal Seminar 'Enforcement of equality and anti-discrimination law' on  28 November 2014 at Courtyard Marriott Hotel Avenue des Olympiades 6, Brussels. Declan's workshop session covers The Burden of Proof The shift of the burden of proof is an essential procedural issue for equality a...
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John Horan leads European Commissions Work Forum into Disability Rights in Brussels on 22 and 23 October 2014

John Horan is to be moderator in charge of the European Commissions Work Forum monitoring whether European States are complying with the UN Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Work Forum will meet in Brussels on 22 and 23 October 2014, for more information click here

William Latimer-Sayer presenting talk to the College of Occupational Therapists annual medico-legal conference on 20th October 2014

William Latimer-Sayer is presenting a talk to the College of Occupational Therapists annual medico-legal conference on Monday 20th October 2014. For full details please click here A copy of the handout can be downloaded from the following link  Gratuitous-care-handout-20th-Oct-2014.pdf

Cloisters Annual Autumn Seminar Series

Cloisters Annual Autumn Seminar Series

Cloisters is once again holding its Autumn Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Seminars on 18 September 2014 and 2 October 2014. There will be two specialist seminars from our leading Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence experts. 

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Jacques Algazy QC to present talk to The Employment Lawyers Group in Northern Ireland on 'Witness Statements: Their Use and Misuse'

THE EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS GROUP (NI)

INVITES YOU TO A TALK BY JACQUES ALGAZY Q.C.

 (Jacques Algazy, of the Bar of England and Wales and the Bar of Northern Ireland, is a leading employment practitioner practising in England and Northern Ireland representing major employers on both sides of the Irish Sea. He also sits as an Employment Judge in Birmingham Employment Tribunal. He is uniquely placed to provide guidance on this thorny issue.)

ON WITNESS STATEMENTS: THEIR USE AND MISUSE 

   Wednesday 24th September 2014

THE OLD BAR LIBRARY, UPPER LIBRARY

12.30pm FOR 1.00pm

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Cloisters speaks at Discrimination Law Association Conference

Cloisters speaks at Discrimination Law Association Conference

Robin Allen QC, Catherine Casserley, Akua Reindorf, Rachel Crasnow and Sarah Fraser-Butlin will all speak at the 2014 DLA conference on Monday, 20th October 2014.  

While Robin will speak on "How are European courts dealing with equality issues?", Catherine will lead her ever popular workshop updating on discrimination law.  

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Annual seminars on employment and discrimination law

Annual seminars on employment and discrimination law
Cloisters employment and discrimination experts recently gave seminars on Direct Discrimination: A practical guide to discrimination and The Right to Strike Reborn . Barristers Paul Epstein QC and Dee Masters discussed one of the most difficult aspects of a direct discrimination claim - the identification of a comparator. Seminar notes for this cha...
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Andrew Buchan on experts

Andrew Buchan on experts
Jacqueline Webb Annual Conference “ Liability Reports” by Andrew Buchan, aka Professor Anthony Palmer Notes from Andrew Buchan's talk from the Jacqueline Webb Annual Conference 'The expert is the backbone of the medical negligence action'.  Download the full article here:  andrew-buchan-experts.pdf

Daphne Romney QC's update on religious discrimination

Daphne Romney QC's update on religious discrimination
Discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief Daphne Romney QC Cloisters The European Background 1. The European Union Council Directive 2000/78EC established a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation. Paragraphs 1 and 4 of the recital to that Directive cite the fundamental rights guaranteed by the European Conventi...
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Sally Robertson's update on race discrimination law

Sally Robertson's update on race discrimination law
Central Law Training, Race Discrimination Notes prepared by Sally Robertson , Cloisters Introduction – statistics 1. The Tribunals Service statistics shows that in 2009-2010, some 5,700 race discrimination claims were received (about 8% of all single claims). It processed 4,500 cases of which 38% achieved ACAS conciliated settlements, 30% were...
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Introduction to the Public Sector Equality Duty

Introduction to the Public Sector Equality Duty
Catherine Casserley's update on the public sector equality duty Click  here  to view Catherine Casserley's podcast.

Human rights issues for employment lawyers

Human rights issues for employment lawyers
Rachel Crasnow  gives a webinar on human rights issues for employment lawyers. The webinar explores the current legal issues in employment law and human rights practice, where the courts are heading as regards workplace policy and how to spot these important issues when advising clients. Click here to see more .

Human Rights Litigation in the UK and Australia

Human Rights Litigation in the UK and Australia
Stephen Sedley: Julian is an Australian silk of very great distinction with a very interesting variety of experience which as you will see in a moment rather mirrors the kind of interests that we at Cloisters have always had. Cloisters goes back a long way. When I came to the Bar, its founder, D N Pritt, a commercial silk and MP was still alive and...
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When does neglect become abuse? (Presentation and plenary discussion first delivered at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal’s annual training conference in October)

When does neglect become abuse? (Presentation and plenary discussion first delivered at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal’s annual training conference in October)
By Martin Seaward 1) Intro: a) Q: When does neglect become abuse? i) E.g. the mother who abandons her children for a week in Benidorm, leaving them with a fridge full of food and the TV controls (when harm ensues)? ii) E.g. Not taking sick child to the doctor (when condition avoidably deteriorates)? iii) E.g. starving a child? Or leaving them out i...
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Proving and disproving discrimination

Proving and disproving discrimination
Ed Williams and Tom Coghlin Introduction 1. This talk looks at the legal and practical tools available to employment lawyers to prove or disprove direct discrimination and harassment, exploring in particular three areas:  a. How judges apply the burden of proof s136(2)(3) EA 2010 b. What is the role of Comparators in light of the Supreme Court...
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Drawing the Fault Line: Multiple Tortfeasors and Intervening Acts

Drawing the Fault Line: Multiple  Tortfeasors and Intervening Acts
Patricia Hitchcock QC and Catriona Stirling, Cloisters Introduction One woe doth tread upon another’s heel, So fast they follow 1. It is not uncommon for a potential personal injury or clinical negligence claimant to have been subjected to a series of events that may all be linked to causation of his injury – we’ve all met the unfortunate clie...
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E-Disclosure – Taking Your Head Out of the Sand

E-Disclosure – Taking Your Head Out of the Sand
Paul Epstein QC, Cloisters What's E-Disclosure? E-disclosure is the disclosure of any electronic document. Documents stored electronically are often referred to as electronically stored information or ESI. An electronic document means any document held in electronic form. It includes obvious documents such as email, text messages, word processed do...
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E-Disclosure – Taking Your Head Out of the Sand

E-Disclosure – Taking Your Head Out of the Sand
Paul Epstein QC, Cloisters What's E-Disclosure? E-disclosure is the disclosure of any electronic document. Documents stored electronically are often referred to as electronically stored information or ESI. An electronic document means any document held in electronic form. It includes obvious documents such as email, text messages, word processed do...
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All in good faith? Sally Robertson on whistleblowing

All in good faith? Sally Robertson on whistleblowing
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 came into life as a Private Members Bill put forward by a Conservative MP with the backing of the then Labour Government and assistance in drafting from Public Concern at Work (PCaW). It came into force on 2nd July 1999, inserting sections 43A to 43L (all in Part IVA), s.47B, s48(1A), s49(6) and sl03A in...
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Change and the Localism Agenda

Change and the Localism Agenda
Managing Major Change: Employment and Corporate Governance Robin Allen QC Introduction 1. National governments impose obligations on local government. Electors have needs and preferences to be met. Politicians have aspirations to achieve. None of this will happen without the worker – bees of local government - from chief executive to road swee...
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Annual seminars on personal injury and clinical negligence

Annual seminars on personal injury and clinical negligence
Cloisters' barristers Sally Cowen and Linda Jacobs recently gave a seminar on Current issues in PI and Clinical Negligence. Sally Cowen's notes which focus on the personal injury element of this talk can be found here: current-trends-in-personal-injury.pdf   The presentation which accompanied the talk can be found here:  sally-cowen-and-l...
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What management should know about litigation in the employment tribunals

What management should know about litigation in the employment tribunals
By Dee Masters 1. The Employment Tribunal system is intended to provide a readily accessible and informal forum for resolving disputes which is appropriate for lay representatives. The reality is very different and employment litigation contains plenty of traps for the unwary. This paper focuses on fours areas which are likely to cause concern for ...
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Robin Allen QC lecture on the Default Retirement Age

Robin Allen QC lecture on the Default Retirement Age
DRA Abolition - What lies ahead? Robin Allen QC Introduction 1. Under the Age Regulations 2006, provided they followed a simple procedure, employers were able to retire employees at 65 and above, without fearing that they would be made subject to proceedings for age discrimination or unfair dismissal. As a result 65 became known as the Default...
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Collective consultation - an update by Claire McCann

Collective consultation - an update by Claire McCann
1. 2010 proved to be an interesting year for employment lawyers advising on the application of the collective redundancy procedures under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (“TULRCA”). The EAT, the Court of Appeal and, indeed, the ECJ have all considered issues arising in connection with collective consultation, both dome...
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The price of equality? Gender and the assessment of risk

The price of equality?  Gender and the assessment of risk
The financial sector will no longer be allowed to use gender as a determining factor in the assessment of risk and therefore the price of premiums and benefits from Friday 21 December 2012. This change in the law will be implemented by a statutory instrument which will delete paragraph 22 of Schedule 3 to the Equality Act 2010 which ...
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Martyn McLeish quantum masterclass handout

Martyn McLeish quantum masterclass handout
The Danger of Compromise: The Round Table Meeting when the Claimant wants to settle The Claimant’s Dilemma In 1950 a US mathematician called A. W. Tucker invented “a two person, non co-operative, no-zero-sum game” he called “The Prisoner’s Dilemma”. The problem continues to exert considerable influence and provides a useful analytical tool for soci...
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Paul Epstein QC tips on tribunal advocacy

Paul Epstein QC tips on tribunal advocacy
ELBA Advocacy Training Practical Hints on Tribunal Advocacy By Paul Epstein QC Be Prepared 1. Have a system for reading the case before the hearing. Read the pleadings first, then witness statements, then documents, and finally any cases and the law. 2. For your own benefit, prepare a list of the issues. Often you can take the main issues from...
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Paul Epstein QC seminar on the NHS framework document Maintaining High Professional Standards

Paul Epstein QC seminar on the NHS framework document Maintaining High Professional Standards
Maintaining High Professional Standards In The Mordern NHS Paul Epstein Q.C. Cloisters Maintaining High Professional Standards (“MHPS”) 1. As is well-known, in December 2003 the Department of Health issued its framework document, MHPS, for the handling of concerns about doctors and dentists employed in the NHS in England, in two parts, Part I ...
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Paul Epstein QC seminar on privilege and 'without prejudice'

Paul Epstein QC seminar on privilege and 'without prejudice'
Privilege and Prejudice Paul Epstein Q.C. Cloisters Introduction 1. Issues of privilege, and Without Prejudice communications, occur surprisingly often in practice. Legal privilege is concerned with legal advice privilege (essentially communications between clients and lawyers irrespective of whether there is any or actual contemplated litigation) ...
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Robin Allen QC seminar on the evolution of ECJ age discrimination case law

Robin Allen QC seminar on the evolution of ECJ age discrimination case law
Evolution of ECJ Case Law on Age Discrimination By Robin Allen QC Introduction 1. It is a great pleasure to be invited to speak at this conference on recent developments in EU Anti – discrimination law and to focus on the evolution of ECJ case law on age. 2. The main focus of my paper will be on the position after the implementation of the Council ...
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Rachel Crasnow's update on disability discrimination

Rachel Crasnow's update on disability discrimination
Disability Discrimination update Rachel Crasnow Cloisters Definition of disability: 1. Disability is defined in s. 6(1) of the EQA. A person (P) has a disability if a. P has a mental or physical impairment and b. The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect upon P’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Substantial imp...
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Rachel Crasnow's update on disability discrimination

Rachel Crasnow's update on disability discrimination
Disability Discrimination update Rachel Crasnow Cloisters Definition of disability: 1. Disability is defined in s. 6(1) of the EQA. A person (P) has a disability if a. P has a mental or physical impairment and b. The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect upon P’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Substantial imp...
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David Massarella's update on pregnancy and sex discrimination

David Massarella's update on pregnancy and sex discrimination
Introduction 1.1 Most of the significant cases in this area over the last year have concerned  pregnancy discrimination. A wide range of questions have been considered, including the employer’s obligation to conduct risk assessments of pregnant  employees, the handling of redundancies during the protected period, as well as the relat...
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Robin Allen QC Seminar to the TUC

Robin Allen QC Seminar to the TUC
Age Discrimination By Robin Allen QC The fulll copy of Robin Allen QC 's seminar to the TUC on developments in age discrimination law can be found here:   robin-allen-discrimination-law-in-2011-age-1.pdf  

PI & CN seminar 'litigating and settling heavy cases'

PI & CN seminar 'litigating and settling heavy cases'
Cloisters' personal injury and clinical negligence experts have given a seminar on  Adding Value  : Litigating and settling heavy cases.   The seminar gave practical pointers for maximising claims by grievously-injured clients, including setting up a care regime; adducing the right care evidence; proving hypothetical career...
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PI & CN seminar 'litigating and settling heavy cases'

PI & CN seminar 'litigating and settling heavy cases'
Cloisters' personal injury and clinical negligence experts have given a seminar on  Adding Value  : Litigating and settling heavy cases.   The seminar gave practical pointers for maximising claims by grievously-injured clients, including setting up a care regime; adducing the right care evidence; proving hypothetical career...
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Navigating the new discrimination framework: a guide to key changes under the Equality Act 2010

Navigating the new discrimination framework: a guide to key changes under the Equality Act 2010
This week Cloisters' equality and discrimination experts gave a seminar to over 100 delegates on the Equality Act 2010. Topics covered included associative discrimination, harassment, equal pay, discrimination against transgender people, age, victimisation and direct discrimination. The full slide presentation can be viewed here:  equality-act...
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