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Sarah Fraser Butlin and Tamar Burton appointed to the Infected Blood Inquiry

Specialist claimant clinical negligence barristers Sarah Fraser Butlin and Tamar Burton have been appointed as lead junior and junior counsel to the Infected Blood Inquiry. The public inquiry is looking at how thousands of NHS patients were given blood products contaminated with HIV, Hepatitis C and other infections during the 1970s and 1980s ...
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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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Three Chambers Bar Awards Nominations for Cloisters

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Cloisters is thrilled to announce that we have received three nominations for the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2018. The awards are based on research for the 2019 edition of  Chambers Bar and reflect a set's pre-eminence in key practice areas. They also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, i...
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Rachel Crasnow QC nominated for Diversity Legal Award

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Renowned employment specialist  Rachel Crasnow QC  has been recognised by the UK Diversity Legal Awards as a nominee for Diversity Champion of the Year.  The UK Diversity Legal Awards was founded in 2009 to showcase and celebrate work being done by individuals, teams and organisations to engender greater diversity in the legal profes...
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Robin Allen QC to lead Hamlyn Lecture Series 2018

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Head of Chambers Robin Allen QC is to lead the Hamlyn Lecture Series 2018.  The Hamlyn Trust has sought to further knowledge and understanding of the law since 1949 with a series of public lectures by eminent speakers including distinguished judges, legal practitioners and academic lawyers. In this years' lecture series, Robin will discus...
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Four silks and one junior highlighted in Who's Who Legal, Labour & Employment 2018

The newest edition of Who's Who Legal has been launched and recommends 5 Cloisters barristers including Robin Allen QC , Paul Epstein QC , Caspar Glyn QC , Jason Galbraith-Marten QC and Dee Masters .  The directory, which has been listing the foremost legal practitioners since 1996, has also recognised Robin, Paul and Caspar as thought le...
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Court of Appeal hands down judgment in 'sleep-in' case of Mencap

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The Court of Appeal handed down judgment this morning in the combined appeals of in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon v Rampersad (full judgment available here ). In the sole judgment, Lord Justice Underhill has overturned a substantial body of case law and found that “sleep-in” residential care workers are only entitled to the Nat...
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Cloisters’ specialist fire service barrister speaks for the FBU at Grenfell Inquiry

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Cloisters’ specialist fire service barrister, Martin Seaward , is acting for the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the firefighters and control staff whom it represents at the ongoing Grenfell Tower Inquiry. After many years representing the bereaved families of deceased fire fighters who died fighting fire, Martin is well placed to assist the FBU in t...
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Important principle in whistle-blowing law to be considered by the Court of Appeal

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On Wednesday 13 June 2018 the Court of Appeal will hear the case of Kilraine v London Borough of Wandsworth . Cloisters’ barristers Chris Milsom and Rachel Barrett represent the appellant, Karen Kilraine, who is challenging the decision of the employment tribunal to dismiss her whistle-blowing claim. A key point in the appeal is whether the law dis...
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Sir Stephen Sedley publishes Law and the Whirligig of Time

Sir Stephen Sedley has published a new book, 'Law and the Whirligig of Time '. Drawing on over 30 years of experience of the law, first as a QC, then as a judge, and latterly as a visiting professor of law at Oxford, Stephen Sedley has written and lectured widely for a variety of audiences.  This new volume contains more recent artic...
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Sarah Fraser Butlin elected to Fellowship at Cambridge University

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Cloisters is delighted to announce that  Sarah Fraser Butlin  has been elected to a Fellowship at  Selwyn College, Cambridge.   Sarah will be continuing in practice in Cloisters, alongside her teaching and research in Cambridge.

Cloisters awarded Well-being Certificate of Recognition

Cloisters has been awarded a Wellbeing Certificate of Recognition  by the Bar Council's Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group.  Cloisters decided to promote well-being in the work place to raise awareness among barristers and staff of the benefits of reducing stress and anxiety caused by excessively busy professional lives. We begun to tackl...
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Celebrating the newest edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book

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Cloisters’ John Horan celebrates the new edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book (ETBB), published last February, which provides genuine advice and a sure-fire method of taking seriously the reasonable adjustments that disabled people require for the litigation process. This comes at a time when, in particular, employment tribunals have shown the...
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Supreme Court to hear 'Gay Cake' case this week

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'Gay Cake': Ashers Bakery case is to be heard at the Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday during its first-ever hearings in Northern Ireland. This long-running case began in May 2014 when gay rights activist Mr Gareth Lee placed an order for a cake with the slogan 'Support Gay Marriage' iced on top. The order was refused by Ashers Bakery. Represe...
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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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New instruction for Cloisters from the Labour Party

The Labour Party has instructed  Tom Gillie , Rachel Barrett and Nathan Roberts  from Cloisters to advise it in relation to ongoing sensitive internal complaints of alleged anti-semitism and sexual harassment against party members.  Tom, Rachel and Nathan are specialists in discrimination and regulatory law. This news page will ...
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Patricia Hitchcock QC and Jacques Algazy QC appointed recorders.

We are delighted to announce that two Cloisters barristers have today been appointed as Recorders of the Crown Court. Patricia Hitchcock QC and  Jaqcues Algazy QC  have both been appointed to sit in the Crown Court with effect from 25 April 2018. Patricia will sit in the South Eastern Circuit and Jacques will sit in the North Eastern circ...
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Three Recorder appointments for Cloisters

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We are delighted to announce that three Cloisters barristers have today been appointed as Recorders of the Crown Court. Caspar Glyn QC , Tom Brown and Sarah Fraser-Butlin have all been appointed to sit in the Crown Court with effect from 4 April 2018. Caspar and Sarah will sit on the South Eastern circuit, Tom will sit on the Western Circuit. The Q...
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Join our growing team

        Cloisters is a highly-regarded and long-established set with a modern outlook.  We are expanding our team and invite applications from exceptional junior practitioners of all calls who share our core values and who have established practices in one or more of our practice areas: Employment/Discrimination, Personal I...
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12 Week rights for agency workers: Kocur v Royal Mail

Tom Coghlin QC considers the important judgment of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Kocur v Royal Mail and anor UKEAT/0181/17 , a decision which brings much-needed clarification to the rights of agency workers to the same basic working and working conditions under the Agency Worker Regulations 2010. Nathaniel Caiden of Cloisters appeared for...
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When does ‘stand-by’ work constitute working time? - Judgment of 21 February 2018, Ville de Nivelles v. Rudy Matzak, Case C 518/15.

In this blog Andrew Buchan considers Wednesday’s judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union on stand-by work. Why is this case important? It explains the effect of the Working Time Directives on two different types of stand-by systems. One requiring ‘permanent accessibility’ (i.e. to be contactable off the work premises) and the other r...
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Collective redundancy and pregnant workers - Porras Guisado v Bankia SA Case C-103/16

In this blog Sally Robertson considers yesterday’s judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union on pregnancy and collective redundancies - Porras Guisado v Bankia SA Case C-103 Last September, in the context of whether a pregnant woman should have been given priority in a collective redundancy exercise, Advocate General Sharpston’s Opinio...
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Nathan Roberts appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel

Cloisters offers its congratulations to Nathan Roberts who has been appointed to the C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in his first year of eligibility. His appointment will take effect from March 2018.

Cloisters' barristers to appear in Supreme Court case on worker status

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Robin Allen QC , Sally Robertson and Sarah Fraser Butlin have been instructed to intervene in the Supreme Court on behalf of the IWGB union in  Pimlico Plumbers Ltd v Others v Smith . The hearing will take place on 20 and 21 February 2018 and represents a key opportunity for the Supreme Court to consider worker status.

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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Arthur Davidson QC

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our great friend and esteemed colleague Arthur Davidson QC who passed away on Tuesday evening.  Arthur Davidson QC was called to the Bar in 1953 and took silk in 1978. From 1982 to 1983 he was Shadow Attorney General for the Labour party. He was Legal Director of Associated Newspapers from ...
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COA dismisses whistleblowing judge’s appeal in Gilham v MOJ

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The Court of Appeal has today (21 December 2017) given judgment in the much awaited “are judges workers?” case of Gilham v MOJ . They have rejected the argument that judges work under contracts or that denying them whistleblowing rights breaches their human rights under Article 10 and 14. The judgment recognises that the distinction between those e...
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Appeal court to scrutinise legality of enhanced shared parental pay

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal will hear the appeal in  Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd  tomorrow, Wednesday 20th December, on the issue of whether employers who offer enhanced maternity pay must also offer enhanced shared parental pay. The joined appeal of  Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police  will take plac...
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2 New Silks for Cloisters

Cloisters is delighted to announce that  Ed Williams  and  Tom Coghlin  have been successful in the 2017 silk competition. They will both be appointed to Queen's Counsel at a ceremony taking place on 26th February 2018 at Westminster Hall. Warmest congratulations to Ed and Tom from all at Cloisters, we wish you every success for...
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Tom Brown acts for successful trade union in £1m collective consultation claim

An Industrial Tribunal in Belfast has upheld a £1m claim that Ulster University failed to consult about collective redundancies, following a two-week trial. The Tribunal accepted Tom’s submissions that there had been a serious failure to consult, and that management had actively misled union officials by not revealing how advanced the proposals to ...
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Essop & Naeem in the Supreme Court: giving answers and provoking new questions in indirect discrimination

Sarah Fraser Butlin gives expert evidence to PM's cross-party working group to tackle allegations of sexual harassment

Employment and discrimination specialist Sarah Fraser Butlin is today giving expert evidence to the cross-party working group on an Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy . The Working Group has been convened by the Prime Minister following a large number of allegations of sexual harassment. See further details about the group  here and h...
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Paul Epstein QC and Catherine Casserley shortlisted for The Legal 500 UK Awards 2018

  Cloisters is delighted to announce that Paul Epstein QC has been shortlisted for Employment Silk of the Year by The Legal 500 alongside Catherine Casserley for Employment Junior of the Year. The Legal 500 conduct their research over many months and hold interviews with in-house counsel, law firms and sets in the UK. This nomination recognise...
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Martin Seaward 'Fire Risk Assessment' for the Residential Property Tribunal

                    Specialist personal injury barrister Martin Seaward delivered a talk on 'Fire Risk' yesterday to the London region of the Residential Property Tribunal. The talk covered the statutory history of regulations from the Great Fire of London in 1666 and gave a review of the current st...
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Sarah Fraser Butlin Instructed in Groundbreaking Case

Cloisters’ Sarah Fraser Butlin is instructed as junior to John Hendy QC in the ground-breaking case by the IWGB seeking recognition for outsourced workers. If the IWGB is successful the case could open the doors for workers throughout the UK to collectively bargain with their de-facto employer as well as their direct employer.  For further pre...
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Uber drivers are “workers”; Employment Appeal Tribunal confirms today

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Today, the Employment Appeal Tribunal handed down its landmark decision in Aslam & Farrar v Uber confirming that Uber drivers are “workers” and entitled to be paid minimum wage, holiday pay and not be subjected to detriment if they blow the whistle. The judgment is here . Jason Galbraith-Marten QC and Sheryn Omeri represented the Claimant Uber ...
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Olivia Dobbie on the Victoria Derbyshire show discussing Uber

Cloisters’ Olivia Dobbie spoke on the Victoria Derbyshire show in the build up to the Uber decision.  A link is available here.   Olivia's interview starts at 1 hour, 11 minutes.  

Uber judgment to be handed down on Friday, 10 November

Judgment will be handed down by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Aslam & Farrar v Uber on Friday, 10 November at 10:30am.  A copy of the Employment Tribunal judgment which is being appealed is available here . Cloisters’ Jason Galbraith-Marten QC and Sheryn Omeri , instructed by Paul Jennings and Rachel Mathieson of Bates Well...
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Daphne Romney QC spoke on Radio 4's Today Programme

There are allegations of sexual harassment from Hollywood to Westminster and in many workplaces, big and small. But what are the mental, physical and economic costs of raising a claim and going to an Employment Tribunal? Cloisters’ Daphne Romney QC spoke to Nick Robinson on Radio 4’s Today Programme. Her clip starts 53.48 minutes in here .

Benkharbouche: EU Law reigns supreme (for now) & other important lessons

The legal press has mostly viewed Benkharbouche v SOS for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs  [2017] UKSC 62 in the Supreme Court [“SC”] as a case which simply addresses the interplay between State Immunity and the Employment Tribunals.  But, the other significance to this case is that it contains commentary the on the supremacy of EU Law, ...
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Cloisters is delighted to announce that it has been ranked in Chambers and Partners 2018 as a leading set in the field of employment, personal injury and clinical negligence. We also have ranked individuals in sport and civil liberties.

Cloisters is delighted to announce that it has been ranked in Chambers and Partners 2018 as a leading set in the field of employment, personal injury and clinical negligence.  We also have ranked individuals in sport and civil liberties.

Discrimination by qualification bodies: Michalak v General Medical Council [2017] UKSC 71

The Supreme Court has today put to rest a long-running ambiguity in how anti-discrimination laws can apply to qualification bodies such as the General Medical Council (“the GMC”). Adam Ohringer of Cloisters , led by William Edis QC of 1 Crown Office Row represented the successful Claimant, Dr Michalak, in the Supreme Court.  Robin Allen QC &nb...
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The Place of Gender in Equality Law

Robin Allen QC, Rachel Crasnow QC and Catherine Casserley will be speaking at the DLA Equality Law Conference on 3 November. Robin Allen QC will be chairing a panel discussion on the future of gender discrimination and Rachel Crasnow QC will be speaking on the topic: "Flexible working:  the key to unlocking the gender pay gap". Catherine Casse...
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Schona Jolly QC speaks out over Myanmar's Rohingya crisis in Parliament

Schona Jolly QC , on behalf of the Bar Human Rights Committee, was part of a panel led by Rushanara Ali MP, Paul Scully MP and others discussing the urgent crisis facing Myanmar's Rohingya population. Schona was addressing the international law aspects of the crisis. She has also written an Op-Ed which is published in Prospect here: https://www.pro...
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Reach of whistleblowing provisions put to the test in Bamieh v FCO and ors

The Employment Appeal Tribunal will consider the landmark appeal of Maria Bamieh v FCO and ors next week. Ms Bamieh was a British prosecutor seconded by the FCO (along with others) to work for Eulex Kosovo, an EU mission in Kosovo. Ms Bamieh alleges that she blew the whistle in relation to judicial corruption and was subjected to serious detrimenta...
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Tribunal rejects claim of religious discrimination by NHS Non-Executive Director opposed to same-sex adoption (Page v NHS Trust Development Authority)

Last week London South Employment Tribunal dismissed a claim by Richard Page for religious discrimination. The case concerned the NHS Trust Development Authority’s decision that he was not a suitable person to hold office as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS because of his conduct in publicising his opposition to same-sex adoption in the national...
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Daphne Romney QC discusses sexual harassment on BBC Radio interview

Sexual harassment is very much in the news with allegations made against high profile people in the film and media industries. But there is sexual harassment of women (and men) in offices and places of business, big and small, in every sector across the UK. Daphne Romney QC discussed the fine line between courtship and harassment with Ed Butler on ...
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Al-Hijrah School: Gender segregation as direct discrimination and other lessons

Rachel Barrett and Siân McKinley consider the recent Court of Appeal judgment on gender segregation,   HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills v The Interim Executive Board of Al-Hijrah School , and the broader implications for discrimination law. Introduction The Court of Appeal has held that complete segregation of gi...
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Cloisters barristers seek to make new whistleblowing law for judges

Until the case of Gilham v MOJ there was no authority addressing whether judges work under contracts for whistleblowing purposes. DJ Gilham complained of whistle-blowing detriment to the ET after she made protected disclosures at Warrington county court about workplace pressures and potential courtroom dangers to civil judges in the light of &...
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Cloisters' Legal 500 Rankings

Cloisters is delighted to announce that it is has been ranked as a leading employment, clinical negligence and personal injury set in the latest Legal 500 rankings which were published today.  Many of our barristers have been singled out for particular praise  in the employment, human rights, clinical negligence, personal injury and inque...
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Regulatory Digest July- September 2017

Brookman v GMC [2017] EWHC 2400 (admin) -          The High Court overturned the MPTS decision to erase from the register a doctor accused of sexual misconduct. HC held that the Tribunal had erred in failing to postpone the hearing and order a further health assessment of the doctor before reaching a dec...
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The role of the Legally Qualified Chair at the MPTS

Sally was appointed in July 2017 to sit as a Legally Qualified Chair of the MPTS. The MPTS was created as an independent Tribunal system, to hear cases of fitness to practice for the GMC. Those who sit as legal and lay members are independent of the GMC. The unique system of the MPTS takes some elements of Civil Court Procedure and some of Tribunal...
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Tom Coghlin and Navid Pourghazi Nominated for Bar Pro Bono Award

Tom Coghlin and Navid Pourghazi have been nominated for this year’s Bar Pro Bono Award partly due to their success in Efobi v Royal Mail Group which contained significant commentary on the burden of proof in discrimination claims.  The winner will be announced at the Bar Conference on 4 November 2017.

Foster carers are the next battleground in the debate concerning worker status

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) are supporting a number of foster carers who allege that they are “workers” and as such entitled to significant compensation for holiday pay.  An article from the BBC outlining one element of this litigation is available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41543651 .  Cloisters’ barrist...
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Professional Disciplinary Case Digest – July 2017

A summary of legally noteworthy appeals in the High Court against decisions of professional disciplinary panels.   Please note that discussion below is based on summaries of judgments that were delivered ex tempore.  1.         Watters v Nursing & Midwifery Council QBD (Admin) (Cheema-Grubb J) 0...
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No right to assisted death: Conway v Secretary of State for Justice

In recent years, disabled and terminally ill applicants have brought repeated legal challenges to section 2 of the Suicide Act 1961, which makes it an offence intentionally to do an act capable of encouraging or assisting the suicide or attempted suicide of another.  Anna Beale considers Conway v Secretary of State for Justice , the most recen...
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Catherine Casserley is lecturing in St Petersburg

Catherine Casserley is lecturing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in St Petersburg at a workshop on 29 September 2017.  The workshop is for Russian human rights lawyers specialising in disability and is a project organised jointly by Citizens Rightswatch International, a St Petersburg Human Rights NGO, and the Un...
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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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Cloisters launches an Equality & Diversity Mini-Pupillage Scheme

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In keeping with Cloisters’ commitment to making to the Bar as a profession more accessible, Cloisters has launched an Equality & Diversity Mini-Pupillage Scheme for the 2017/2018 mini-pupillage intake. Five of the 10 mini-pupillages in this year’s mini-pupillage round are reserved for applicants from less advantaged backgrounds, or applicants w...
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Cloisters act in Uber case

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Jason Galbraith-Marten QC and Sheryn Omeri , barristers at Cloisters, are representing Uber drivers who have brought claims against Uber BV (Dutch parent company), Uber London Limited and Uber Britannia Limited as test cases. They are instructed by Bates Wells Braithwaite. The drivers are claiming that they are entitled to minimum wage, holiday pay...
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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.

Spying at work: Has the European Court of Human Rights really struck a blow for employees?

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To misquote Mark Twain, reports that the right to privacy in the workplace is dead have been greatly exaggerated. However, media speculation that employers can no longer monitor the communications of their employees is inaccurate. Siân McKinley comments on the recent judgment of Barbulescu v Romania and provides some practical points on how to avoi...
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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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Equal value claims: the applicability of Article 157 and the meaning of a “Single Source”

The recent decision in ASDA Stores v Brierley [1] is the next episode in the long-running saga in which thousands of predominantly female retail workers are bringing equal pay claims citing distribution staff, who are predominantly male, as their comparators. This time the issue was whether the ET in Manchester had been correct in holding that the ...
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Nominations for Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017

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Cloisters are delighted to announce that Rachel Crasnow QC and Dan Lawson have been nominated for Silk of the Year (Employment) and Junior of the Year (Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence) respectively.  The 2017 Chambers UK Bar Awards will be held at The London Hilton on Park Lane on Thursday, 26th October 2017.  

A radical reconsideration of the burden of proof: Efobi v Royal Mail Group Ltd (EAT)

In an important decision on the correct interpretation of the burden of proof provisions in the Equality Act 2010, Efobi v Royal Mail , Tom Coghlin and Navid Pourghazi successfully appealed against an employment tribunal’s decision to dismiss a claimant’s race discrimination complaints. S.136 of the Equality Act 2010 provides for a two-stage burden...
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The EAT issues guidance on in-time amendment applications

Navid Pourghazi considers the recent decision in Gillett v Bridge 86 Ltd (UKEAT/0015/17/DM) where the EAT overturned a refusal of an in-time application to amend a claim form and provided helpful guidance on how Tribunals should deal with such applications in the future.  A copy of the judgment is available here . Analysis The Claimant present...
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High Court to consider the human rights implications of assisted suicide

Monday 17 th July 2017 sees the start in the High Court  of  Conway v Secretary of State for Justice, with Noel Conway challenging section 2 of the Suicide Act as being in breach of his rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 to an assisted suicide. Catherine Casserley of Cloisters Chambers is representing Not Dead Yet UK Ltd  an orga...
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Spousal pensions: SC overturns inequality for same sex couple

Tamar Burton considers, in this blog, the judgment in the Supreme Court case of Walker v Innospec Limited and others [2017] UKSC 47 which was handed down on 12 July 2017.  The case concerns equal access to a spousal pension for a gay man. The issue for the Court was whether paragraph 18 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010 is incompatible wi...
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Court of Appeal considers the public interest test for protected disclosures

Sheryn Omeri considers the new judgment of Chesterton Global Limited v Nurmohamed, a recent whistleblowing case, in this blog. While much judicial ink has been spilled concerning just about every other aspect of the provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (‘ERA’) which provide protection to whistleblowers, the requirement that a worker “reason...
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The Future Effects Principle in European law: Cloisters wins reference to the Court of Justice on behalf of hundreds of part-time judges whose pensions have been calculated on a limited basis.

The Supreme Court has this morning handed down judgment in the cases of O’Brien and Miller and ors v Ministry of Justice . The Supreme Court has made a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The cases concern discrimination against part-time judges in the calculation of pensions. The issue is whether periods of service as a part-t...
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Religious discrimination in the workplace: the European Court of Justice confronts a challenge:

Schona Jolly QC examines the implications of Achbita and Bougnaou in the current edition of European Human Rights Law Review ( E.H.R.L.R. (2017) 3, 308)

Farmah v Birmingham City Council: A warning for all multiple claims

Daphne Romney QC considers the recent far-ranging EAT decision of Farmah & ors v Birmingham City Council , a copy of which is available here . Farmah does not just affect multiple equal pay claims brought in an Employment Tribunal (ET). It affects all multiple claims brought in an ET, for example TUPE and failure to consult or unilateral variat...
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Appeal court to scrutinise legality of enhanced shared parental pay

Appeal court to scrutinise legality of enhanced shared parental pay
Rachel Crasnow QC and Siân McKinley of Cloisters look at the recent decision of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd (ET1800990/2016) regarding enhanced Shared Parental Pay. For the first time, the employment tribunal has upheld a complaint of sex discrimination from a male employee who was refused enhanced Shared Parental Pay. While this decision ...
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Identifying direct discrimination in “proxy cases” after R (on the application of Coll) v Secretary of State for Justice

Identifying direct discrimination in “proxy cases” after R (on the application of Coll) v Secretary of State for Justice
Dee Masters considers the recent Supreme Court decision of R (on the application of Coll) v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] UKSC 40 which was handed down on 24 May 2017.  A copy of the judgment is available here . Overview Coll is compulsory reading for discrimination lawyers. Lady Hale, who provided the leading judgment, examines the ex...
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Legal Words on the rights of disabled students from Chris Milsom

Legal Words on the rights of disabled students from Chris Milsom
Chris Milsom has appeared in the Lexis Nexis Legal Words series which invites lawyers and judges to consider important legal developments in a wide array of fields. He discusses the landmark case of Jagoo v Bristol City Council concerning the student exemption on the payment of council tax for disabled students. Interviewed by Alex Heshmaty, C...
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Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters provide submissions to the United Nations

Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters provide submissions to the United Nations
The United Nation’s Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) is considering a new international instrument in order to protect older people.  It has called for evidence in advance of its Eighth Working Session in July 2017 ( https://social.un.org/ageing-working-group ).  Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters, barristers at Cloisters, have submitted a pap...
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What effect should retirement have on disciplinary process?

What effect should retirement have on disciplinary process?
Clarke v General Optical Council [2017] EWHC 521 (Admin) Patricia Hitchcock QC   The thorny issue of retirement during regulatory proceedings came before Fraser J in March by way of appeal under the Opticians Act 1989, s23. The reasoning of his careful judgment has wide application and will be of interest to other regulatory bodies, as well as...
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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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“COME OUT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS” #IDAHOT #IDAHOTB….17TH MAY 2017

“COME OUT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS” #IDAHOT #IDAHOTB….17TH MAY 2017
Today, 17 th May 2017, is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, commemorating the 1990 decision of the World Health Organisation to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. Every year, policy makers, opinion leaders, the media and the general public are challenged to address the urgent need to combat violenc...
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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.

Professional Disciplinary Case Digest – April 2017

A summary of legally noteworthy judicial reviews and High Court appeals regarding professional disciplinary panels and their decisions.   R (Zai Corporate Finance Ltd) v AIM Disciplinary Committee of the London Stock Exchange PLC & Anor [2017] EWHC 778 (Admin)              o Heari...
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Cloisters contribute to practitioners’ guide on religious discrimination

Cloisters contribute to practitioners’ guide on religious discrimination
Schona Jolly QC and Navid Pourghazi have written an introductory guide to religious discrimination in the workplace for Westlaw’s Insight.  Westlaw describe Insight as “an online, dynamic, continually updated and ever-growing encyclopaedia of UK law”. Content on the website is aimed at practitioners with a broad understanding of the law who ar...
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Court of Appeal raises prospect of whistleblowing protection for 54,000 Junior Doctors

Court of Appeal raises prospect of whistleblowing protection for 54,000 Junior Doctors
The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in Day v Lewisham NHS Trust & Health Education England in which Chris Milsom acted for the successful appellant. The case concerns the status of the relationship between Dr Day (and indeed all 54,000 junior doctors in the UK)  and Health Education England (HEE) who interviews, deploys and ma...
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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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Cloisters has entered its team in this year’s London Legal Walk, which is taking place on 22 May 2017

Cloisters has entered its team in this year’s London Legal Walk, which is taking place on 22 May 2017
The London Legal Walk is an iconic annual event in which thousands of barristers, solicitors, judges, and law students take part in a sponsored 10km walk in Central London to raise money for free legal advice centres. In 2016, over 10,000 people took part and raised over £740,000. Cloisters has a proud history of fundraising for this event, and our...
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Sleep-in workers revisited: a multi-factorial approach to eligibility for the minimum wage

Sleep-in workers revisited: a multi-factorial approach to eligibility for the minimum wage
Anna Beale considers the most recent guidance from the EAT on the vexed question of whether workers should receive the minimum wage for “sleep in” shifts. Keen readers of this site may recall my critical blog on the EAT decision in Shannon v Rampersad . In that case, HHJ Peter Clark decided that an ‘on call night care assistant’ in a residential ho...
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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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Cloisters’ barristers in Supreme Court appeal succeed in overturning smoking ban in psychiatric hospital

Cloisters’ barristers in Supreme Court appeal succeed in overturning smoking ban in psychiatric hospital
The Supreme Court handed down judgment today in the case of McCann v The State Hospitals Board for Scotland [2017] UKSC 31. Cloisters’ Jonathan Mitchell QC together with David Leighton and Rachel Barrett (also of Cloisters) acted for the successful appellant, a patient in the Scottish high security State Hospital. Mr McCann objected to the introduc...
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Professional Disciplinary Case Digest – March 2017

A summary of legally noteworthy Judicial Reviews and High Court Appeals against the decisions of professional disciplinary panels. Newell-Austin v Solicitors Regulatory Authority [2017] EWHC 411 (Admin) Challenging a decision by the SRA striking the Applicant from the Solicitors’ Roll for professional misconduct A Solicitor can lack integrity witho...
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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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Disability check up by the EHRC

Disability check up by the EHRC
Sally Cowen analyses the latest research on the treatment of disabled people in the UK The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published its new report into the state of equality and human rights for disabled people in the UK on 3 April 2017. The title ‘Being Disabled in Britain: a Journey Less Equal’ rather sums up the whole report, wh...
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No “reason why”: Essop and Naeem in the Supreme Court

No “reason why”: Essop and Naeem in the Supreme Court
Robin Allen QC and Anna Beale consider the latest case on indirect discrimination and ask the pressing question: are equal pay cases suddenly significantly easier for Claimants? The Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the cases of Essop and others v Home Office (UK Border Agency) and Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice . The judgment...
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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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Schona Jolly QC instructed to represent Deliveroo drivers in the latest challenge to employment conditions in the gig economy

Schona Jolly QC instructed to represent Deliveroo drivers in the latest challenge to employment conditions in the gig economy
Following the recent successes of Cloisters barristers in employment tribunal cases such as Citysprint and Boxer v Excel Group , Schona Jolly QC has been instructed by Leigh Day to represent Deliveroo drivers who are taking legal action against the delivery firm. The claims raise more interesting issues on employment status against the food deliver...
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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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Cloisters column: Reforming the Soft Tissue Injury (whiplash) Claims Process – Government consultation and reform in the ‘post-truth’ age?

Cloisters column: Reforming the Soft Tissue Injury (whiplash) Claims Process – Government consultation and reform in the ‘post-truth’ age?
Cloisters: Equality and Human Rights in Practic e by Martyn McLeish Recommended reading:   this article on George Osborne’s 2015 proposal. In the 2015 autumn statement the then Chancellor announced proposals for whiplash claims and an increase to the small claims limit in personal injury actions. The Government has now published its Consu...
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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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No back-peddling - workers’ rights are gaining pace in the gig economy

No back-peddling - workers’ rights are gaining pace in the gig economy
Following the recent decisions of the Court of Appeal in Pimlico Plumbers and the Employment Tribunals in Citysprint and Uber , companies in the gig economy suffered another blow yesterday with the decision in Boxer v Excel Group Services Limited . This case augments the growing number of judgments in which staff that are ostensibly self-employed a...
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Tom Brown succeeds at persuading Court of Appeal to uphold novel High Court judgment for pension loss

Tom Brown succeeds at persuading Court of Appeal to uphold novel High Court judgment for pension loss
Tom Brown , of Cloisters, instructed by Irwin Mitchell, has persuaded the Court of Appeal to uphold a £250,000 judgment for pension loss which he secured in 2014, following the wrongful dismissal of his client, a senior NHS employee. This legally novel case concerned when, at common law, notice takes effect (previous cases have considered when term...
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Caspar Glyn QC and Rachel Barrett to represent claimant in a courier case against Excel

Caspar Glyn QC and Rachel Barrett to represent claimant in a courier case against Excel
Cloisters has been at the forefront of the recent litigation concerning the “gig economy”. Caspar Glyn QC and Rachel Barrett are representing a cycle courier, Andrew Boxer, who is suing Excel with the support of  the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain. Due to its importance it has received press coverage . Mr Boxer asserts that he is a...
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Court of Appeal to hear landmark appeal on whistleblowing protection for junior doctors

Court of Appeal to hear landmark appeal on whistleblowing protection for junior doctors
The Court of Appeal will hear the landmark appeal of Dr Chris Day on 21 March 2017 in which Public Concern at Work has been granted leave to intervene. Dr Day is being represented by Cloisters’ Chris Milsom.  Dr Day argues that 54,000 junior doctors deployed in NHS Trusts by Health Education England (HEE) should be regarded as workers of HEE u...
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Robin Allen QC gives evidence to the Lords Constitution Committee on the crisis in Judicial Recruitment

Robin Allen QC gives evidence to the Lords Constitution Committee on the crisis in Judicial Recruitment
Robin Allen QC , Chair of the Bar’s Equality and Diversity and Social Mobility Committee gave evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee on the 15 th March 2017.  The Committee is conducting a follow-up inquiry to its report on 'Judicial Appointments' in light of the slow progress to equality and the startling findings of the Judici...
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-0.75% Ogden Supplement

-0.75% Ogden Supplement
The supplementary tables have now been published on the GAD website on gov.uk (in both an Excel version and a pdf version) along with some accompanying explanatory text. The tables can be accessed here . T he tables are available at the top of the page and the text is at the bottom, under the section headed Details .  The 'Ogden' tables as sta...
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BBC Radio 4 In Touch Interviews Declan O'Dempsey on job discrimination toward the visually impaired

BBC Radio 4 In Touch Interviews Declan O'Dempsey on job discrimination toward the visually impaired
Declan O'Dempsey talks to BBC Radio 4 In Touch about the law relating to discrimination by recruitment agencies as it affects people with visual impairments and the difficulties they face in obtaining information from recruitment agencies and employers who are not willing to make adjustments for people with disabilities. For the full interview plea...
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Achbita & Bougnaoui: A strange kind of equality

Achbita & Bougnaoui:  A strange kind of equality
Schona Jolly QC considers the long awaited CJEU decisions in two recent cases concerning religious dress codes in the work place. What Europe needed right now was a solid, sensible judgment from its top court on religious discrimination at work. It needed perspective, proportionality and a judicial underlining of support for religious minorities ac...
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Ms N Hubbard v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

Ms N Hubbard v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis
Declan O'Dempsey is representing Nighat Hubbard MBE,  in her claim against the Metropolitan police.  She alleges that white colleagues were allowed to work on more complex investigations while she was not, and that male officers made discriminatory comments to her and other women. The allegations date from between 2013 and 2014 and an emp...
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Fighting for fair pensions

Fighting for fair pensions
Robin Allen QC , Rachel Crasnow QC and Tamar Burton appear in the Supreme Court this morning in the two cases of O’Brien and Miller and ors v Ministry of Justice, which concern discrimination of part-time workers in the calculation of pensions. The issue for the Court is whether the period of service prior the coming into effect of the relevant Dir...
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Professional Disciplinary Case Digest – February 2017

A summary of legally noteworthy Judicial Reviews and High Court Appeals against the decisions of professional disciplinary panels. R(Oriaku) v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2017] EWHC 235 (Admin) Challenging a decision by the NMC not to refer a complaint to the Investigating Committee McTier v Secretary of State for Education [2017] EWHC 212 (Admi...
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First Group v Paulley: Towards Accessible and Inclusive Public Transport?

First Group v Paulley: Towards Accessible and Inclusive Public Transport?
First Group Bus v Paulley is the first UK Supreme Court (or House of Lords) case on reasonable adjustments in non-employment contexts. The case, which was supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission , has clear significance for wheelchair users and providers of public transport. Further, and despite being frequently (and unhelpfully) depi...
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Pytel V. The Office for Gas & Electricity Market (OFGEM) - new rights for whistle-blowers

Pytel V. The Office for Gas & Electricity Market (OFGEM) - new rights for whistle-blowers
In an important case for whistle-blowers, Paul Michell and Rachel Barrett have successfully argued that words ought to be read into the Utilities Act 2000 to allow the Claimant to continue his whistleblowing claim against OFGEM in the employment tribunal, in circumstances where he would otherwise be committing a criminal offence by bringing it. The...
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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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The -0.75% discount rate

The -0.75% discount rate
When it finally came, the announcement of the discount rate reduction was no damp squib. The differentials will be dramatic: for example, the loss of earnings multiplier to retirement age 70 for a 25 year old man will almost double, from 26.4 to around 51.33 (before applying the non-mortality discount factors). I am not ashamed to admit that my own...
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Public bodies who discriminate – County Court or High Court process?

Public bodies who discriminate – County Court or High Court process?
By Sally Cowen Hamnett v Essex County Council [ 2017] EWCA Civ 6   Judgment given 18 th January 2017 Sally Cowen considers this interesting case concerns the apparent conflict between competing provisions of the Equality Act 2010 in the context of duties to disabled people within the context of Traffic Regulations Orders. The essence of this C...
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New silks 2017: Schona Jolly, Cloisters

New silks 2017: Schona Jolly, Cloisters
Cloisters’ Schona Jolly is one of seven new star silks interviewed by The Lawyer this year. A self-described “reluctant barrister”, Schona Jolly worked at the UN Refugee Agency before being called to the bar in 1999. “I never had grand dreams of silk – I thought I might go on to a big international organisation,” she says. The call of the bar preva...
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Cloisters column part two – ‘Premature Labelling? A child-centred approach to questions of gender identity’

Cloisters column part two – ‘Premature Labelling? A child-centred approach to questions of gender identity’
Cloisters: Equality and Human Rights in Practice This is part two of a two-part series on trans rights from leading equality and human rights barrister Claire McCann at Cloisters. Part one  explores toilets and gender identity. Toilets have not been the only battleground. In fact, hardly a week goes by without a news story about tran...
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Radio 4's PM interviews Chris Milsom on the Court of Appeal's decision in Pimlico Plumbers v Smith

Radio 4's PM interviews Chris Milsom on the Court of Appeal's decision in Pimlico Plumbers v Smith
Chris Milsom appeared on Radio 4’s PM to discuss the decision of the Court of Appeal in Pimlico Plumbers v Smith and its implications on employment status in the gig economy. Chris explains that PP is just one illustration of a wider issue but is nonetheless a welcome instance of ensuring that those who are in a position of economic subordination e...
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Certainty for all: a plea to the Taylor Review by Caspar Glyn QC, Anna Beale & Nathaniel Caiden

Certainty for all: a plea to the Taylor Review by Caspar Glyn QC, Anna Beale & Nathaniel Caiden
In November 2016, the government commissioned a review of modern employment practices. It is being led by Matthew Taylor and will focus on what has become known as the “gig economy”. In this blog, we summarise our written evidence to that review. Our central plea was that our legislators provide certainty for all. In our view this can best be achie...
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Jonathan Mitchell QC named Scottish Lawyer of the week

Jonathan Mitchell QC named Scottish Lawyer of the week
Today, the Times has named Jonathan Mitchell QC of Cloisters and Arnot Manderson Advocates Scottish Lawyer of the week. Jonathan acted for Cumbria, Stockport and Blackpool councils in the landmark Court of Session case of Cumbria CC and Others, 2017 SLT 34, where the court used its extraordinary equitable jurisdiction to enforce orders by the Engli...
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Survivors’ pensions and the Unmarried

Survivors’ pensions and the Unmarried
Rachel Crasnow QC considers the recent judicial review by Denise Brewster for review (reported at [2017] UKSC 8). In this important case about the status of cohabiting partners and the objective justification of socio-economic policy, the Appellant Denise Brewster and her partner Lenny McMullan had lived together for 10 years before he suddenly die...
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Speaking Up – Whistleblowing in the NHS

Speaking Up – Whistleblowing in the NHS
Dr Chris Day features in the BBC Radio Four Documentary File on Four Speaking Up – Whistleblowing in the NHS. Dr Day contends that there is a lack of protection for 43,000 junior doctors whose career progression is governed by the supervising body Health Education England. The Court of Appeal is due to hear the matter in March 2017 by way of an exp...
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Family Court proceedings: gender reassignment and ultra-orthodox Judaism

Family Court proceedings: gender reassignment and ultra-orthodox Judaism
Claire McCann , an expert on trans equality, analyses the competing arguments in the Family Court’s recent assessment of the children’s “best interests” in the unusual context of a transgender parent and the Charedi Jewish community in North Manchester. In Family Court proceedings in Manchester, a trans woman – the father and claimant in J v B and ...
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Cloisters barristers ranked in the UK Bar: Labour and Employment 2017

Cloisters barristers ranked in the UK Bar: Labour and Employment 2017
Who’s Who Legal has identified Cloisters as a leader in its field.  It endorsed 13 barristers at the junior level making Cloisters the most endorsed chambers in this category. Two silks and four juniors were also ranked in the highly rated category. Cloisters is pleased and delighted that our legal experts have been recognised for their work i...
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Paulley: An everyday step?

Paulley:  An everyday step?
Catherine Casserley , junior counsel in the case, and Sally Robertson consider the implications of the Supreme Court decision in Paulley v First Group . On 24 February 2012, Doug Paulley tried to do something most of us would not think twice about. He went to catch a bus. He wanted to get from Wetherby to Leeds to catch a train. The single wheelcha...
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Dame Laura Cox of Cloisters to lead review for Fawcett Society

Dame Laura Cox of Cloisters to lead review for Fawcett Society
Today, it has been announced that Dame Laura Cox from Cloisters will lead a nine-month inquiry for the Fawcett Society. Additionally, Anna Beale , Rachel Crasnow QC and Daphne Romney QC also from Cloisters will join Dame Laura Cox as additional panel members. The review into the UK’s gender discrimination laws will be launched due to the fear of a ...
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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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Putting Women on the front foot: The joint committee report on high heels and dress codes at work

Putting Women on the front foot: The joint committee report on high heels and dress codes at work
Akua Reindorf considers the implications of the latest recommendations concerning the use of sexist dress codes at work. Summary The Joint Committee report on high heels and dress codes at work shows that discriminatory dress codes can promote the sexualised objectification of women at work, disadvantage people with disabilities, inhibit employment...
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Adesokan v Sainbury's

Adesokan v Sainbury's
Caspar Glyn QC considers the Court of Appeal’s judgment today that an employee can be summarily dismissed for negligence and that a wrongfully dismissed employee cannot normally maintain an ongoing claim for wages. A short but important case from the Court of Appeal was released today. Given the Art 50 decision of the Supreme Court it was a good da...
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A Policy of Uncertainty Won’t Help Workers

A Policy of Uncertainty Won’t Help Workers
Rachel Crasnow QC and Tom Gillie of Cloisters have recently published an article in the New European about the vulnerability of workers’ rights post-Brexit.  The articles argues that the rights of families, agency workers and others could be severely diminished which may damage the wider economy. If the Government wants to reassure the country...
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Judicial pensions and discrimination

Judicial pensions and discrimination
Two hundred and ten full-time judges, across a variety of courts and tribunals, have successfully sued the Lord Chancellor and the Ministry of Justice in the Employment Tribunal following changes to their pensions. A copy of the decision in McCloud & ors v (1) Lord Chancellor and (2) MOD is available here . This blog analyses the implications o...
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Supreme Court hands down landmark disability decision in Paulley v FirstGroup plc

Supreme Court hands down landmark disability decision in Paulley v FirstGroup plc
Today, the Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in Paulley v FirstGroup plc as a result of which bus companies must do more to give priority spaces to travelling wheelchair users. Robin Allen QC and Catherine Casserley represented Mr Paulley, instructed by Unity Law, and funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The case was he...
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BBC Sussex Radio interviews Chris Milsom on the protection disabled people accessing public transport

BBC Sussex Radio interviews Chris Milsom on the protection disabled people accessing public transport
Chris Milsom , one of our experts in discrimination law, featured on BBC Sussex Radio exploring the protection disabled people accessing public transport. This followed high-profile instances of disabled people facing disadvantage in public transport including most recently Mrs Sandra Nighy, a wheelchair user left to wait 2 hours for a taxi until m...
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Schona Jolly and Simon Dyer to become QCs

Schona Jolly and Simon Dyer to become QCs
Today, Cloisters is delighted to announce that Schona Jolly and Simon Dyer will be appointed as QCs. Schona Jolly is a legal expert in employment, discrimination, human rights and civil liberties whilst Simon Dyer specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence.

Cloisters column part one – ‘To pee or not to pee….? Toilets and Gender Identity’

Cloisters column part one – ‘To pee or not to pee….? Toilets and Gender Identity’
Cloisters: Equality and Human Rights in Practice This is part one of a two-part series on trans rights from leading equality and human rights barristers at Cloisters . Part two will explore gender identity and children.   It has been an important couple of years for trans rights. Going to the toilet is something most of us do without a se...
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Jason Galbraith-Marten QC & Sarah Fraser Butlin succeed in the bike courier employment rights case against City Sprint

Jason Galbraith-Marten QC & Sarah Fraser Butlin succeed in the bike courier employment rights case against City Sprint
Jason Galbraith-Marten QC and Sarah Fraser Butlin have succeeded in the highly publicised cycle courier claim before the Employment Tribunal.  They were instructed by BWB, acting pro bono for Maggie Dewhurst who was challenging her employment status against City Sprint.  The Employment Judge accepted their arguments that Ms Dewhurst was a...
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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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Deposit Orders: Not to be used as a “strike out through the back door”

Deposit Orders: Not to be used as a “strike out through the back door”
Chris Milsom succeeds before the EAT in Hemdan v Ishmail & Ors in an important case about the appropriate amount of a deposit order against someone who has very low means to pay. Navid Pourghazi discusses the case .   The facts The Claimant, who was a victim of trafficking, claimed that she had been employed in circumstances that amounted ...
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Immigration Act 2016—language requirements for public sector workers

Immigration Act 2016—language requirements for public sector workers
Immigration analysis: What will the Immigration Act 2016 (IA 2016) mean in practice? Akua Reindorf, a barrister at Cloisters Chambers, considers the key provisions relating to language requirements for public sector workers. What are the main provisions relating to the English language requirement? The English and Welsh language requirement contain...
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The Immigration Act and the “Fluency Duty” for Public Sector Workers: Speaking in Tongues?

The Immigration Act and the “Fluency Duty” for Public Sector Workers: Speaking in Tongues?
What steps are employers expected to take to comply with the Public Sector English Language Requirement? And how do they avoid discrimination challenges in the process? In its 2015 manifesto the present Government pledged the safe and high quality delivery of public services by ensuring that they are provided to an appropriate standard of fluency i...
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Cloisters beats Littleton Chambers in the EAT rankings

Cloisters beats Littleton Chambers in the EAT rankings
Today, The Lawyer announces that Cloisters ranks top in the EAT rankings. Cloisters made 61 appearances in total whilst Littleton Chambers made 59 and Old Square Chamber made 50. Overall, all three chambers accounted for 28 per cent of all chambers' appearances. The remaining chambers such as Outer Temple Chamber made 38 appearances, 11 King’s Benc...
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BBC Look East interviews Sarah Fraser Butlin on the impending industrial strikes taking place this week

BBC Look East interviews Sarah Fraser Butlin on the impending industrial strikes taking place this week
On the 19 December, Look East interviewed Sarah Fraser Butlin on the industrial action that will take place this week. The strike will affect post offices and airports nationwide with baggage handlers and ground staff striking this weekend. “For employers it is hugely disruptive. It has a massive impact on businesses, but what we can’t forget is th...
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Written submission to House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee inquiry

Written evidence from Caspar Glyn QC, Anna Beale and Nathaniel Caiden   Authors This submission has been prepared by Leading Employment silk, Caspar Glyn QC [1] , and Leading Employment Juniors Anna Beale [2] and Nathaniel Caiden [3] . Our conclusions to the questions posed follow: and then our reasons. Conclusion Question 1 Those who provide ...
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Schona Jolly's 'Why the Daily Mail is wrong about the judiciary' story ranks Top 5 in The Lawyer's Top 20 stories of 2016

Schona Jolly's 'Why the Daily Mail is wrong about the judiciary' story ranks Top 5 in The Lawyer's Top 20 stories of 2016
It is a sign of a healthy and functioning democracy that the exercise of governmental power can be challenged properly through the courts. Contrary to the screaming headlines in some British newspapers today, yesterday’s High Court decision did not thwart the will of 17 million Brexit voters. The High Court did not decide the EU referendum “did not...
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Important Public Services: the Regulations have arrived

Important Public Services: the Regulations have arrived
This week the Government published a series of draft Regulations defining what “important public services” (IPS) are for the purposes of the Trade Union Act 2016 ( TUA 2016 ). The Act itself has been highly controversial and while it has Royal Assent, it has not yet come into force. When it does come into effect, there will be a requirement that 50...
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Same-sex marriage within the Church of England

Same-sex marriage within the Church of England
Nathan Roberts considers Pemberton v Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham , concerning a priest who was denied a licence to work in the NHS by the Church of England because he had married someone of the same sex. The case The Church of England’s opposition to same-sex marriage is a well-known if fraught matter. The Claimant is an ordained priest in t...
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Cloisters column: ‘The age of Trump and “Brexit”: is the balance between gay rights and religious freedom changing?’

Cloisters column: ‘The age of Trump and “Brexit”: is the balance between gay rights and religious freedom changing?’
Cloisters: Equality and Human Rights in Practice The age of Trump and “Brexit”: is the balance between gay rights and religious freedom changing? How far should the right to freedom of religion and belief be protected when it conflicts with the rights of other protected groups? This is a fundamental question which has been the subject of polarised ...
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The gap is still opaque: the final draft of the Gender Pay Gap Regulations for the Private sector

The gap is still opaque:  the final draft of the Gender Pay Gap Regulations for the Private sector
Provision for equal pay audits was introduced in s. 78 of the Equality Act 2010 (“EqA”) but that section was not enabled and lay dormant until a campaign to revive it several years later. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, s. 147 permitted for regulations to be made to implement s. 78 (although that section is not yet in force)...
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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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Neurological causation and Chester v Afshar principles considered: Crossman v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust [ 2016] EWHC 2878 (QB)

Neurological causation and Chester v Afshar principles considered: Crossman v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust  [ 2016] EWHC 2878 (QB)
Rodney Crossman was 64 years old when he underwent a cervical laminectomy and foraminotomy for severe neck restriction and numbness in his left arm, at St George’s Hospital, Tooting. In admitted breach of duty, the Trust had placed Mr Crossman on the waiting list for this surgery immediately after his first meeting with a consultant in February 201...
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Philip Engelman on the GRANGE v ABELLIO LONDON LTD Case

Philip Engelman on the GRANGE v ABELLIO LONDON LTD Case
Grange v Abellio London Ltd resolves an important issue relating to the approach to be taken to rights to rest under the Working Time Regulations. There were conflicting decisions of the EAT as to whether a refusal by the employer was necessary before an employee could take advantage of their rights. The EAT in Grange held that the WTR had to be co...
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Robin Allen QC and Joel Donovan QC elected as Joint Head of Chambers

Robin Allen QC and Joel Donovan QC elected as Joint Head of Chambers
We are very pleased to announce that Robin Allen QC and Joel Donovan QC have been elected Joint Heads of Chambers. We congratulate them and wish them the best for their term of office.

John Horan speaks on the UNCRPD and concrete expectations of disabled people in Barcelona

John Horan speaks on the UNCRPD and concrete expectations of disabled people in Barcelona
John Horan gave a speech entitled “Tools for Transforming Guardianship: Article 12 UNCRPD and Catalan Law” at an all-day conference on 10 th November 2016. This was to form part of the conference “Rights and Supports: Transforming the Guardianship” conference which is being hosted by Som Fundacio, a Barcelonan-based charity. A transcript of what he...
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Schona Jolly interviewed by BBC and the Independent following yesterday's article 50 judgment

Schona Jolly interviewed by BBC and the Independent following yesterday's article 50 judgment
Following yesterday's Article 50 judgment and the front pages in the press this morning, Schona Jolly was interviewed by the BBC and the Independent to comment on some papers' interpretation of the judgment and their attack on the judiciary (the Independent article can be found here ).  Schona also wrote for the Lawyer Magazine on the topic ea...
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Robin Allen QC is The Times Lawyer of the Week

Robin Allen QC is The Times Lawyer of the Week
Robin Allen QC is the Times Lawyer of the Week.  The full column, which can be found in today's edition of the Times has been reproduced below:     Robin Allen QC, of Cloisters Chambers, acted for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland in the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal where the judges ruled unanimously that a baker's ref...
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Cloisters is delighted to announce that it continues to be ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2017 as a leading set

Cloisters is delighted to announce that it continues to be ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2017 as a leading set
To view our Chambers and Partners online profile please click here

Schona Jolly writes in the London Review of Books Blog on the Article 50 litigation, Brexit and parliamentary sovereignty.

Schona Jolly writes in the London Review of Books Blog on the Article 50 litigation, Brexit and parliamentary sovereignty.
Schona Jolly writes in the London Review of Books Blog on Brexit, the London and Belfast Article 50 litigation, parliamentary sovereignty and Henry VIII clauses. see the publication here

Declan O’Dempsey is addressing the Industrial Law Society on “Post referendum racism”

Declan O’Dempsey is addressing the Industrial Law Society on “Post referendum racism”
Declan O’Dempsey is addressing the Industrial Law Society at the offices of Gowling WLG LLP, 2 Snowhill, Birmingham B4 6WRin Birmingham at 6 pm on 15 th November 2016 on “Post referendum racism”.  This talk deals with what businesses can do to tackle the rise in racist incidents since the EU referendum and has been well received as a “timely s...
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Declan O’Dempsey is speaking on sanctions and remedies against discrimination

Declan O’Dempsey is speaking on sanctions and remedies against discrimination
Declan O’Dempsey  is speaking on sanctions and remedies against discrimination at the Workshop on National Courts and the Charter: Judicial Dialogue in tackling present and future challenges on non-discrimination,  on 7th and 8th November 2016 at the Florence-European University Institute.

Schona Jolly to speak at Oxford University Moot and Panel Discussion on ‘Disabled People and Employment: rights protection, career progression and fulfilling potential’

Schona Jolly to speak at Oxford University Moot and Panel Discussion on ‘Disabled People and Employment: rights protection, career progression and fulfilling potential’
On 5 November 2016, Schona Jolly will be speaking at the Oxford University Moot and Panel Discussion on ‘Disabled People and Employment: rights protection, career progression and fulfilling potential’. Schona was counsel in X v Governing Body of a School [2015] UKUT 0007 (AAC), [2015] ELR 133 in which the Upper Tribunal was invited to consider, and...
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Bakers lose “gay cake case”

Bakers lose “gay cake case”
The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has found that Ashers bakery is liable for unlawful discrimination by refusing to bake a cake iced with a ‘support gay marriage’ message, for a gay customer, Mr Lee.  A copy of the judgment is available here: http://www.equalityni.org/ECNI/media/ECNI/Cases%20and%20Settlements/2016/AshersFullJudgement-Appeal...
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Robin Allen QC address to the UK Association of Women Judges

Robin Allen QC address to the UK Association of Women Judges
On 21 October 2016 Robin Allen QC addressed the UK Association of Women Judges at their Autumn Conference. This year conference focused on Religion, Culture and the Law. Robin's speach on Religion in the Workplace can be read here.

Human rights implications of Brexit: Cloisters provides evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights

Human rights implications of Brexit:  Cloisters provides evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights
Schona Jolly , Rachel Crasnow QC , Jason Galbraith-Marten QC , Dee Masters and Jennifer Danvers  provided written evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights concerning the human rights implications of Brexit. They argued that there were fundamental tracts of legislation relating to workers’ rights that are likely to be remov...
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John Horan lectures Judges, legal practitioners and international human rights members on disabled people and the duties of Judges since Galo

John Horan lectures Judges, legal practitioners and international human rights members on disabled people and the duties of Judges since Galo
John Horan has been asked by the Northern Irish Bar and the Northern Irish Law Centre to lecture on disabled people and the duties of Judges since the two historic cases of Rackham v NHS Professionals Limited and Galo v Bombardier Aerospace UK . On the 19th October 2016 he will lecture the Employment Group of N.I. Bar about the implications to the ...
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Cloisters welcomes Wellbeing at the Bar

Cloisters welcomes Wellbeing at the Bar
Cloisters welcomes the Bar Council’s guidance on Wellbeing as a really valuable contribution. Cloisters’ Robin Allen QC, who is Chair of the Bar Council’s Equality and Diversity Committee said, “ This new website will be the first place to look for assistance when a Wellbeing issue arises.  It is full of useful resources and we will be bringin...
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Schona Jolly is speaking at the JUSTICE Annual Human Rights conference

Schona Jolly is speaking at the JUSTICE Annual Human Rights conference
Schona Jolly  is speaking at the JUSTICE Annual Human Rights conference this Friday 14th October 2016 on “Religion, Secularism and Reasonable Accomodation.”

Cloisters nominated for Bar Pro Bono Award 2016

Cloisters nominated for Bar Pro Bono Award 2016
Cloisters is delighted to announce that it has been nominated for the Bar Pro Bono Award 2016. The purpose of the Bar Pro Bono Award is to thank and recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to pro bono work. This year is particularly significant as it is the award’s 20th anniversary.

Cloisters’ barristers have made a submission to the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

Cloisters’ barristers have made a submission to the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights
The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has launched an inquiry into the human rights implications of Brexit. It has asked about the potential impact of withdrawal on human rights protected by EU law, including include labour rights, disability rights and rights to freedom from discrimination.  JCHR Chair Harriet Harman said: "EU law provid...
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New tenants: Tom Gillie and Navid Pourghazi

New tenants: Tom Gillie and Navid Pourghazi
Cloisters is delighted to announce that Tom Gillie and Navid Pourghazi have recently become tenants.  Both Tom and Navid have experience across all of Cloisters’ core areas having completed a rigorous 12 month pupillage with plenty of advocacy and drafting experience.  

Cloisters and Paul Epstein QC shortlisted in the Chambers UK Bar awards

Cloisters and Paul Epstein QC shortlisted in the Chambers UK Bar awards
We are pleased to announce that Cloisters and Paul Epstein QC have been shortlisted for Chambers of the Year (Employment) and Silk of the Year (Employment). The awards will take place at The London Hilton on Park Lane on Thursday, 27th October 2016.

John Horan lectures as Foreign Expert in Polish Disability Forum Conferences

John Horan lectures as Foreign Expert in Polish Disability Forum Conferences
John Horan has been asked by the Polish Disability Forum to lecture on the UNCRPD and disabled people’s right in Wroclaw (29 th September), Warsaw (6 th October) and Poznan (7 th October).  A transcript of the lecture will be made available on this website once it has been published.

Time for Action – The Lawyers’ Refugee Initiative

Time for Action –  The Lawyers’ Refugee Initiative
With Europe experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II, Patricia Hitchcock QC reports on The Lawyers’ Refugee Initiative in a published article that can be read in full (click here ). In light of the current refugee crisis, a major demonstration calling for action is to take place on 17 th September in London (convening at Hilton Park...
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Legal 500 2016 recognises Cloisters’ Compelling Advocacy, Astute Advice and Exceptional Client Care:

Legal 500 2016 recognises Cloisters’ Compelling Advocacy, Astute Advice and Exceptional Client Care:
        Cloisters is delighted to announce that Legal 500 2016 continues to consider our barristers as Leaders at the Bar for Clinical Negligence, Employment, Human Rights & Civil Liberties, Inquests & Inquiries, Personal Injury and Sports law (see here ).  We have been newly included this year for our work on Inque...
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Cloisters’ Diversity Data

Cloisters’ Diversity Data
In accordance with the BSB Equality Rules, Cloisters has gathered diversity data from its members and staff.  The data has been collated and is now published in these tables . Almost all members of chambers’ workforce provided their diversity data and consented to its publication. We therefore have a representative data set across the groups w...
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Sheryn Omeri considers the Chilcot Report and its implications for Blair and victims of war in Iraq

Sheryn Omeri considers the Chilcot Report and its implications for Blair and victims of war in Iraq
At 11am on 6 July 2016, the report of the 7-year-long Iraq Inquiry was released. The Inquiry Committee, with Sir John Chilcot at its helm, had been appointed to consider two specific questions namely: 1. whether it was right and necessary to invade Iraq in March 2003; 2. whether the UK could and should have been better prepared for what followed. I...
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Missing Evidence: Sir Stephen Sedley's inquiry into delayed publication of government commissioned research report out now

Missing Evidence: Sir Stephen Sedley's inquiry into delayed publication of government commissioned research report out now
Findings by former Lord Justice of Appeal, Sir Stephen Sedley , into the scale and significance of the non-publication of government commissioned research have been published in Missing Evidence: Inquiry into delayed publication of government-commissioned research. Sir Stephen was asked by the charity Sense about Science  (of which he is a tru...
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Caspar Glyn QC secures Will Chudley’s appearance in Saturday’s Premiership Final

Caspar Glyn QC secures Will Chudley’s appearance in Saturday’s Premiership Final
Caspar Glyn QC successfully represented Exeter Chief’s scrum half, Will Chudley, for a citing hearing on Tuesday 24 May. Mr Chudley was the Man of the Match in the Chief’s victory over Wasps in the Semi Finals and has been ever present in the team this season. He was cited for allegedly kicking Joe Launchbury contrary to the laws of the game. It wa...
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Team Cloisters raises £4890 (plus gift aid) in London legal charity walk

Team Cloisters raises £4890 (plus gift aid) in London legal charity walk
Patricia Hitchcock QC , Tamar Burton , Chesca Lord ,  Tom Brown ,  Jen Danvers , Sally Robertson  and  Rachel Barrett  joined the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit. Team Cloisters raised £4890 plus gift aid in...
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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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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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Cloisters’ barrister William Latimer-Sayer appointed Silk

Cloisters’ barrister William Latimer-Sayer appointed Silk
Cloisters is delighted to announce that William Latimer-Sayer has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in the new silk appointments announced today. This appointment recognises William’s long-standing reputation as a top-ranking junior specialising in catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence. He is consistently highly ranked in the leading di...
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John Horan named in Power 100 list celebrating Britain’s most influential people with a disability

John Horan named in Power 100 list celebrating Britain’s most influential people with a disability
Cloisters’ congratulates John Horan in featuring in Power 100 (for 2016) list of Britain’s most influential people with a disability. The list, which contains leading figures from across business, sport, the arts and a range of other professions, was announced today to mark UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. For more information and...
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Dee Masters speaks at Legal-Island's 10th Equality Law Update in Northern Ireland

Dee Masters speaks at Legal-Island's 10th Equality Law Update in Northern Ireland
Dee Masters today spoke at Legal-Island's 10th Equality Law Update at the Merchant Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The session covered Age Discrimination and Goods, Facilities and Services (GFS) and the wide ranging implications for businesses, services providers and consumers alike. A copy of the paper can be found by clicking here.

Claire McCann Appointed as a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Select Committee

Claire McCann Appointed as a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Select Committee
At the end of October 2015,  Claire McCann was appointed as a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Select Committee to advise in connection with its Transgender Enquiry.  The Committee has recently published her Legal Advice on three specific aspects relating to gender reassignment under the Equality Act 2010 w...
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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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Lisa Sullivan appointed Deputy Queen's Bench Master

Lisa Sullivan appointed Deputy Queen's Bench Master
Cloisters is delighted that Lisa Sullivan  has been appointed Deputy Queen’s Bench Master by the Lord Chief Justice. This is part-time role and Lisa remains in full-time practice at Chambers. The appointment will run on four year renewable terms. Lisa is a highly ranked barrister who specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence work....
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Man wins damages for homophobic abuse by service provider based entirely on gestures

Man wins damages for homophobic abuse by service provider based entirely on gestures
Catherine Casserley , instructed by Unity Law, represented a gay man in what is believed to be the first case of its kind - a claim for direct discrimination and post relationship discrimination in services, based on gestures made by the defendant's staff member. The claimant attempted to return some locks to a shop following which he was subjected...
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Cloisters receives special mention at the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2015

Cloisters receives special mention at the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2015
Cloisters received a special mention for its long and extensive commitment to pro bono work at the Bar Pro Bono Awards at the Bar Conference on 17 October 2015. Lord Goldsmith, the Bar Pro Bono Unit President and Chair of the Award judging panel, said  'this is exemplified by their members' collectively taking on over 140 pro bono cases in the...
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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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Jonathan Mitchell QC nominated 'Scottish Silk of the Year' for the Legal 500 Awards 2015

Jonathan Mitchell QC nominated 'Scottish Silk of the Year' for the Legal 500 Awards 2015
Jonathan Mitchell QC has been nominated Scottish Silk of the Year for the Legal 500 Awards 2015. Jonathan's practice is based in Scotland. He has a wide civil practice, with special interests in public, constitutional, and administrative law, and in equality issues. In addition to his court appearances, he has an active opinion practice. Chambers 2...
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Paul Epstein QC and William Latimer-Sayer shortlisted for the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015

Paul Epstein QC and William Latimer-Sayer shortlisted for the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015
Cloisters is proud to announce that Paul Epstein QC and William Latimer-Sayer have been shortlisted for the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015. Paul Epstein QC has been shortlisted for  Employment :  Silk of the Year. William Latimer-Sayer has been shortlisted for Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence :  Junior of the Year.   

29 Cloisters' barristers ranked in Legal 500 2015

29 Cloisters' barristers ranked in Legal 500 2015
Cloisters is delighted to announce that 29 members have been ranked in civil liberties, clinical negligence, employment, personal injury and sports practice areas in the Legal 500 2015 edition. What they say:  Solicitors have ‘absolute confidence in any barrister’ from Cloisters, which is best known for its employment, personal injury and...
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Rachel Barrett returns to Cloisters Chambers

Rachel Barrett returns to Cloisters Chambers
Cloisters is delighted to welcome Rachel Barrett back from a year’s secondment to the Supreme Court and Privy Council, where she acted as Judicial Assistant to Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge JJSC. She was closely involved in several high profile cases across Chambers’ areas of practice, including Greater Glasgow Health Board v Doogan [2014] UKSC 68 (co...
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David Massarella and Claire McCann appointed to the B panel of the Attorney General's Panels of Junior Counsel

David Massarella and Claire McCann appointed to the B panel of the Attorney General's Panels of Junior Counsel
Cloisters is delighted to announce that David Massarella and Claire McCann have been appointed to the B panel of the Attorney General’s Panels of Junior Counsel to the Crown. The appointment will take effect from 1 September 2015 and will run for five years.

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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Jonathan Mitchell QC joins Cloisters as associate member

Jonathan Mitchell QC joins Cloisters as associate member
We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Mitchell QC has joined Cloisters as an associate tenant.  Jonathan, a member of the Scottish Bar, brings with him his great skill and experience in commercial law ,  discrimination and equality , employment , sports and entertainment , human rights , regulatory and public law . He is renowned for...
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Seven members appointed to the Equality & Human Rights Commission Panel of Preferred Counsel

Seven members appointed to the Equality & Human Rights Commission Panel of Preferred Counsel
All Cloisters' employment specialists are experts in the area of  E quality Law , so we are delighted to announce that seven of its members have been appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) new Panel of Preferred Counsel.  They are: Robin Allen QC ;  Paul Epstein QC  ;  Declan O’Dempsey ;  Cather...
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Sheryn Omeri awarded a Pegasus Scholarship to work at the International Criminal Court

Sheryn Omeri awarded a Pegasus Scholarship to work at the International Criminal Court
Cloisters is delighted to announce that Sheryn Omeri  has been awarded a Pegasus Scholarship to work in the Prosecutor’s office at the International Criminal Court.  Sheryn will start on 13 April and finish on 10 July 2015 when she will be back at Chambers.
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Rachel Barrett - A day in the life of a judicial assistant

Rachel Barrett - A day in the life of a judicial assistant
Cloisters’ barrister Rachel Barrett, gives an insightful view about her life as judicial assistant at the Supreme Court. I usually get into work at about 9 am, make a cup of tea and discuss the case being heard that day with the other judicial assistants. We test out our views on each other before venturing to put them to our respective justices. A...
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Retirement of Cricketing Umpires

Retirement of Cricketing Umpires
Cloisters barrister Declan O’Dempsey represented Peter Willey and George Sharp against the English Cricket Board at Central London Employment Tribunal this week. The umpires brought cases, backed by Prospect union , for unfair dismissal and age discrimination when they were forced to retire by the ECB because they were reaching 65.  The ECB sa...
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Successful appeal against dismissal automatically revives contract of employment

Successful appeal against dismissal automatically revives contract of employment

Cloisters’ barrister Nathaniel Caiden appeared for the successful appellant in Salmon v Castlebeck Care (Teesdale) Ltd and Ors, an important judgment from the Employment Appeal Tribunal about the effect of a successful appeal on an employee’s contract of employment.

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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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William Latimer Sayer and Catriona Stirling appear in injury case where High Court awards record damages to English national

Judgment has today been handed down by the High Court in the case of Totham v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, following a December 2014 trial.

Cloisters barristers, William Latimer-Sayer and Catriona Stirling represented the successful claimant, a seven year old girl from south London, who suffered serious injuries during her birth at King’s College Hospital in 2007.

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Rachel Crasnow appointed Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal

Rachel Crasnow appointed Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal
Chambers is delighted to congratulate Rachel Crasnow on her appointment as Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal which took effect on 19 December 2014. Rachel remains in full-time practice at Chambers and this new part-time role augments her long-standing work in the regulatory sphere, including her recent appointment as Legal Advisor to the United ...
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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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Supreme Court to consider scope of 'collective redundancies'

Supreme Court to consider scope of 'collective redundancies'
Cloisters' barristers, Caspar Glyn QC and Tom Brown , are acting for the University and College Union in an appeal to be heard by the Supreme Court on Wednesday 21 January 2015. Brian Napier QC , also of Cloisters, appears for the Respondent. The case - University and College Union v University of Stirling (Case ID: UKSC 2014/0067) - will consider ...
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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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Cloisters' barristers Sheryn Omeri and Rachel Barrett secure substantial damages for rape victim

Cloisters' barristers Sheryn Omeri and Rachel Barrett secure substantial damages for rape victim
Cloisters' barristers Sheryn Omeri and Rachel Barrett , secured substantial damages for a victim of crime they represented in an appeal to the First Tier Tribunal Criminal Injuries Compensation this month. Sheryn and Rachel were instructed by the Bar Pro Bono Unit. The successful appeal was against an initial award of £11,000 offered by the Crimina...
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Cloisters' barrister Rachel Crasnow appointed Silk

Cloisters' barrister Rachel Crasnow appointed Silk
Chambers is delighted to announce that Rachel Crasnow  has been appointed Queen’s Counsel. This appointment recognises her long-held reputation as an outstanding employment and discrimination expert and advocate. As a junior Rachel featured in some of the most high-profile and complex litigation in her fields and joins Cloisters’ team of ...
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Chemical weapons and the ICC

Chemical weapons and the ICC
Can the International Criminal Court (ICC) start prosecuting for the use and supply of chemical weapons? Cloisters barrister  Sheryn Omeri considers the ICC’s options in an article featured in Counsel Jan 2015. For the full article read: Chemical Weapons and the ICC by Sheryn Omeri

UN reopens inquiry into Secretary General's death following Hammarskjöld Commission’s recommendation

UN reopens inquiry into Secretary General's death following Hammarskjöld Commission’s recommendation
The United Nations is to reopen an investigation into the death of UN Secretary General following recommendations made by a commission chaired by Cloisters’ Sir Stephen Sedley. Dag Hammarskjöld was on a mission in 1961 aimed at brokering a ceasefire between the Congolese government and rebels when his plane crashed in Zambia. The 196...
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Cloisters’ Robin Allen QC heads IRLR’s all-time top advocates list

Cloisters’ Robin Allen QC heads IRLR’s all-time top advocates list
Cloisters’ Head of Chambers, Robin Allen QC , is listed as the clear leader in argued cases reported in the Industrial Relations Law Reports’ with 145 appearances reported in IRLR from its inception in 1972 to 2014 as recorded in Equal Opportunities review  January 2015. Cloisters members who are also listed for appearing over 10 times as...
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First case in EAT to consider caste-based discrimination

First case in EAT to consider caste-based discrimination

The EAT has today handed down judgment in the case of Chandhok v Tirkey.

This the first case in the EAT to consider caste-based discrimination. A link to the judgment can be found here. and a link to our previous post summarising the arguments in the appeal can be found here.

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Obesity can be considered a disability: EU court rules

Obesity can be considered a disability: EU court rules

By Claire McCann

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down a key judgment today on the vexed question of whether obesity constitutes a disability within the meaning of EU law.

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Staff to be charged with gross negligence manslaughter over child’s death

Staff to be charged with gross negligence manslaughter over child’s death

Cloisters barrister, Linda Jacobs represented the family at the inquest of a six year old boy Jack Adcock who was admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary with sickness and diarrhoea, and was later diagnosed as suffering pneumonia and septic shock.

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Cloisters barrister Caspar Glyn QC comments on proposed law relating to exploited migrant workers

Cloisters barrister Caspar Glyn QC comments on  proposed law relating to exploited migrant workers

Caspar Glyn QC, Cloisters' barrister,  comments to BBC World at One and the BBC on proposed new criminal offences in relation to exploited migrant workers.

For BBC coverage on this go to: BBC news

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Bus company wins appeal over wheelchair policy

Bus company wins appeal over wheelchair policy

by Olivia Dobbie

In the Court of Appeal judgment handed down today in the case of Firstgroup v Paulley, it was held that although wheelchair users have priority to occupy designated wheelchair spaces on buses, there is no legal requirement for bus drivers to move passengers from that space to allow wheelchair users to board. The Court of Appeal held that passengers should “of course” move from the designated space to allow wheelchair users to use it, but that if such passengers refuse, the driver is not required to do anything more than ask them to move. If they continue to refuse, the wheelchair user will have to wait for the next bus.

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Is caste discrimination barred under the Equality Act?

Is caste discrimination barred under the Equality Act?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has reserved its decision in the case of Chandhok v Tirkey concerning whether caste-based discrimination is prohibited under the Equality Act 2010.

Christopher Milsom, who appeared at first instance, led Tamar Burton in the first case heard by the EAT concerning caste-based discrimination. The Equality and Human Rights Commission was granted permission to intervene.

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Why UK whistle-blowing protection laws don’t always apply to those who blow the whistle overseas

Why UK whistle-blowing protection laws don’t always apply to those who blow the whistle overseas

Smania v Standard Chartered

This EAT case concerns the territorial scope of whistle-blowing involving a Claimant a banker working in Singapore for the Respondent.

The Claimant sought to argue that UK whistle-blowing protection applied to him when he made allegations of financial misconduct. The Respondent’s registered office is based in the UK and is regulated by both UK law along and relevant Asian regulation.

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Whistleblowing - time starts to run as soon as decision/act occurs, says EAT

Whistleblowing - time starts to run as soon as decision/act occurs, says EAT
Does time start to run (under s48(3)) when the employer makes a decision, or when the employee is told of it, in a whistleblowing claim (not dismissal)? McKinney v London Borough of Newham (UKEAT/0501/13/LA) (EAT) by Sally Cowen Cloisters Chambers' barrister Declan O’Dempsey represented the Claimant in this appeal under the pro bono Employment Law ...
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Stem cell freezing may have contributed to death – coroner rules

Stem cell freezing may have contributed to death – coroner rules
The coroner at the inquest of 12 year old cancer patient, Sophie Ryan-Palmer, who died in 2013 after frozen cells were used in a bone marrow transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital, ruled that freezing stem cells may have contributed to her death. Three other children also died that year. All were treated at the hospital at the same time but die...
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Advocate General rejects UK challenge to EU legislation capping bankers’ bonuses

Advocate General rejects UK challenge to EU legislation capping bankers’ bonuses
By Anna Beale In an Opinion delivered today, [1] Advocate General Jääskinen has rejected the UK’s challenge to the provisions in the EU’s “Capital Requirements” legislation (comprising Directive 2013/36/EU and Regulation (EU) No 575/2013) which purport to regulate the amount of bankers’ bonuses and promote greater transparency in relation to remune...
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Supreme Court grants permission to appeal in Taiwo v Olaigbe

The migrant domestic worker who suffered mistreatment and victimisation by her employers has been granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court. Cloisters’ barristers Robin Allen QC  Head of Chambers and Christopher Milsom will represent the Appellant in this leading case. For background news on case development go to Cloisters news: Taiwo v Ol...
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Robin Allen QC comments on BBC footage of firms’ failure to provide disability access

Robin Allen QC , Cloisters head of Chambers and a leading expert in equality law was asked for his expert opinion on BBC London ‘Inside Out ‘ investigation footage that showed a large number of  high street chains still seen to be failing to accommodate people with disabilities. Two BBC researchers, one blind with a guide dog and one wheelchai...
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Daphne Romney QC at Cloisters acts in the first Scottish multiple equal pay claim to reach the employment tribunal remedy stage

The remedies hearing on the second wave of the pay case representing 363 claims dating from 2001 to 2007 against North Lanarkshire Council, raised examples of women working in the social care service being paid less than men doing the same job. The two day hearing took place in Glasgow. Ms Daphne Romney representing the claimants argued strong...
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Cloisters’ barrister Hannah Godfrey represents mother in tummy tuck operation case

Cloisters’ barrister Hannah Godfrey represents mother in tummy tuck operation case To read press coverage on the case go to: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/sandwich/news/scar-like-curtains-claim-in-tummy-tuck-ordeal-26558/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-29904521 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/11/05/tummy-tuck-sue-cosmetic-surgeon_n_61...
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Cloisters’ barristers Caspar Glyn QC and Olivia-Faith Dobbie talk authoritatively on the implications of yesterday’s EAT ruling for BBC News and Sky News

Cloisters' barristers Caspar Glyn QC and Olivia Faith-Dobbie appeared on Sky News and BBC News yesterday to discuss the implications of the Employment Appeal Tribunal holiday pay judgment. For more information on the case and its impact please read " Holiday pay – the great miscalculation " and " Holiday Pay Judgment: What it means for you ".  ...
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Holiday Pay Judgment: What it means for you

by Olivia-Faith Dobbie On 4 November 2014, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) handed down its decision in Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton and Baxter, Hertel (UK) Ltd v Wood and others and Amec Group Limited v Law and others . It is a ground-breaking decision which gives some clarity to various European Judgments on the issue. The key points to take fr...
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EAT hands down important holiday pay decision – Bear Scotland Limited v 1) Mr David Fulton 2) Mr Douglas Baxter

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (the Honourable Mr Justice Langstaff) has today handed down judgment in the conjoined appeals of Bear Scotland Limited v 1) Mr David Fulton 2) Mr Douglas Baxter (EATS/0047/13/BI); Hertel (UK) Limited -v- Mr K Wood & Others (EAT/0160/14/SM); Amec Group Limited -v- Law & Others (EAT/0161/14/SM). The full judgmen...
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Cloisters barristers are instructed in relation to 15 out of the 63 Key employment and discrimination law cases for 2014-2015

Cloisters barristers are instructed in relation to 15 out of the 63 Key employment and discrimination law cases for 2014-2015 identified by Mickey Rubenstein in his annual talk for the Industrial Law Society last night, demonstrating the wide-ranging expertise of Cloisters’ Employment & Equality Law Team.  The List of Key Cases will shortl...
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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

Employment Tribunal finds freelancer is not employee and not sexually discriminated against

Mr Shenton, the Claimant, was the theatre critic for Sunday Express and claimed he was an employee. The case was set to have important ramifications for the newspaper industry, as well as others, given freelancers such as Mr Shenton were commonly used and so could have opened up future 'freelancer' employee status claims. He also claimed that he wa...
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Daphne Romney QC instructed in Employment Tribunal case against Northumbria Police

Daphne Romney QC is representing Denise Aubrey, former Chief Legal Adviser to Northumbria Police in a claim against her former employer the Chief Constable Sue Sim. She was dismissed in April 2014 for gross misconduct and is claiming constructive dismissal, breach of contract, disability discrimination, sex discrimination, victimisation and dismiss...
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Andrew Buchan wins substantial personal injury damages award in work related stress and bullying claim

Andrew Buchan working with Howard Hymanson from Harbottle & Lewis , wins substantial personal injury damages award in work related stress and bullying claim: Susan Richardson, represented by Andrew Buchan instructed by Harbottle & Lewis, recently recovered a substantial six-figure personal injury damages award for a work related stress and ...
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Sian McKinley writes on “Disclosure in Direct Discrimination Cases” in October ELA Briefing

For a copy of Sian McKinley's article "Disclosure in Direct Discrimination Cases" which featured in the October ELA Briefing please click here.

Jason Galbraith-Marten QC named the Labour and Employment Lawyer of the year for the UK by the Lawyer Monthly Magazine

We are delighted to announce that Jason Galbraith-Marten QC has been named the Labour and Employment Lawyer of the year for the UK by the Lawyer Monthly Magazine. For further details click here

Sally Cowen wins landmark appeal for disabled tourists

Sally Cowen wins landmark appeal for disabled tourists
Catherine Casserley and Sally Cowen represented a disabled tourist who sued Thomas Cook when reasonable adjustments were not made for her. The hotel’s swimming pool was closed and her disability prevented her travelling to the sister hotel facility. No other adjustment was made, despite the next door hotel having a suitable, accessible facility. HH...
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Chris Milsom nominated for the Sydney Elland Goldsmith/Bar Pro Bono Unit Award

Chris Milsom nominated for the Sydney Elland Goldsmith/Bar Pro Bono Unit Award
In recognition of his pro bono services Chris Milsom has been jointly nominated for the Sydney Elland Goldsmith award by Public Concern at Work and the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit. His nomination is also supported by clients who have described him as “a credit to the profession” and “a flag bearer for the pro bono ethic.” The resu...
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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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The Times Lawyer of the week: Schona Jolly

The Times Lawyer of the week: Schona Jolly
Schona Jolly has been named as The Times Lawyer of the week, for the full story click here

Cloisters Barristers Advising Several NGOs

Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters are advising several NGOs on the current draft text of an EU Directive addressing – amongst other grounds - age discrimination in the field of goods, facilities and services.

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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Joel Donovan QC and Chris Milsom Secure Important Court of Appeal Ruling on Pension Loss

Joel Donovan QC and Chris Milsom Secure Important Court of Appeal Ruling on Pension Loss
The Court of Appeal has given judgment in Griffin v Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust, in which Joel Donovan QC and Chris Milsom acted pro bono for the successful Claimant. Mrs Griffin was a bone densitometrist at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. In 2007 she was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (“SLE”).  The ET found that the Trust made “who...
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Sally Robertson joins the Employment Law Association’s Employment Law Oversight Committee

Sally Robertson joins the Employment Law Association’s Employment Law Oversight Committee
Sally Robertson has recently contributed to the Employment Law Association's response to the BIS consultation exercise on the draft consolidating National Minimum Wage Regulations. She is also delighted to accept an invitation to join the Employment Law Association’s Employment Law Oversight Committee. The Committee is working towards establishing ...
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Schona Jolly will be a panellist at “1984 Anti-Sikh pogroms Remembrance Event”

Schona Jolly will be a panellist at “1984 Anti-Sikh pogroms Remembrance Event”
Schona Jolly will be a panellist at “1984 Anti-Sikh pogroms Remembrance Event” at the Wiener Library on 29 th October 2014 For full details click here

Schona Jolly successfully defends unfair dismissal claim brought by high-earning Broker

Schona Jolly successfully defends unfair dismissal claim brought by high-earning Broker
Cloisters' Schona Jolly successfully defends unfair dismissal claim brought by high-earning BGC Broker Robert Bou-Simon. For press coverage of the case click here

Easy Come, Easy Go? The EAT didn’t think so.

Easy Come, Easy Go?  The EAT didn’t think so.
Attempts by Easybus to appeal a damning employment tribunal judgment earlier this year have failed. The high-profile founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou was responsible for sacking Mr Rawsthorn, whom Paul Michell represented at the hearing. ( See News for 22 May 2014 ). Employment judge Selwyn Bloch QC ruled that Sir Stelios: “repeatedly evaded answer...
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Schona Jolly wins detailed recommendations and substantial damages for PC Carol Howard against the Met

Schona Jolly wins detailed recommendations and substantial damages for PC Carol Howard against the Met
Cloisters’ Schona Jolly (instructed by Kiran Dauka of Slater & Gordon ) represented P.C. Carol Howard in her remedies hearing against the Metropolitan Police in the Central London Tribunal. The remedies judgment, handed down today, is notable both for the amount of the compensation for hurt feelings and aggravated damages but also for the trenc...
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Chris Milsom appears on BBC Breakfast to discuss anti-terror legislation

Chris Milsom appears on BBC Breakfast to discuss anti-terror legislation
Chris Milsom was invited to appear on BBC Breakfast this morning to discuss proposed reforms to anti-terror legislation in response to the threat posed by ISIS. Whilst acknowledging the abhorrent activities of some British citizens in Iraq and Syria Chris nonetheless maintained that the best contribution the law can make in this area is a reaffirma...
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ILS Conference - Caspar Glyn QC chairs and Anna Beale speaks

ILS Conference - Caspar Glyn QC chairs and Anna Beale speaks
The  annual Industrial Law Society Oxford Conference on Friday 19 to Sunday 21 September 2014 will yet again feature a strong Cloisters contingent. Caspar Glyn QC ILS Chair is overall conference chair.  Anna Beale will speak on "Bringing up baby: the benefits for employers and employees".  Cloisters' alumnus and EAT President Brian L...
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Cloisters writes...."Family Rights at Work : A Guide to Employment Law"

Cloisters writes...."Family Rights at Work : A Guide to Employment Law"
Rachel Crasnow and Robin Allen QC together with a team from Cloisters have written a new textbook for Jordan's Publishing entitled  "Family Rights at Work : A Guide to Employment Law"  – published in 2012- and are delivering further training on this on 13 March 2013

Sally Robertson is a co-author of Recent Developments in Social Security Law, published twice yearly in Legal Action

Sally Robertson is a co-author of Recent Developments in Social Security Law, published twice yearly in Legal Action
Sally Robertson is a co-author of Recent Developments in Social Security Law, published twice yearly in Legal Action

Patricia Hitchcock QC and Lisa Sullivan co-write a chapter on Limitation

Patricia Hitchcock QC and Lisa Sullivan co-write a chapter on Limitation
Patricia Hitchcock QC and Lisa Sullivan co-write a chapter on Limitation in  Butterworth's Personal Injuries Service

Ed Williams is a contributing author to Discrimination in Employment Law, Sweet & Maxwell £100

Ed Williams is a contributing author to Discrimination in Employment Law, Sweet & Maxwell £100
Ed Williams is a contributing author to Discrimination in Employment Law, Sweet & Maxwell £100

Philip Engelman co-authored Blackstone's Guide to the Care Standards Act 2000 (OUP) £39.95

Philip Engelman co-authored Blackstone's Guide to the Care Standards Act 2000 (OUP) £39.95
Philip Engelman co-authored Blackstone's Guide to the Care Standards Act 2000 (OUP) £39.95
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Declan O'Dempsey and Schona Jolly (co-author) have written the Age Discrimination Handbook £35.00 published by Legal Action

Declan O'Dempsey and Schona Jolly (co-author) have written the Age Discrimination Handbook £35.00 published by Legal Action
Declan O'Dempsey and Schona Jolly (co-author) have written the Age Discrimination Handbook £35.00 published by Legal Action
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Rachel Crasnow and Robin Allen QC together with a team from Cloisters have written a new textbook

Rachel Crasnow and Robin Allen QC together with a team from Cloisters have written a new textbook
Rachel Crasnow and Robin Allen QC together with a team from Cloisters have written a new textbook for Jordan's Publishing entitled "Family Rights at Work : A Guide to Employment Law" – published in 2012- and are delivering further training on this on 13 March 2013

Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnow have written Employment Law and Human Rights

Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnow have written Employment Law and Human Rights
Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnow have written Employment Law and Human Rights £49.95 (with Anna Beale) OUP, 2nd Edition September 2007)

Andrew Buchan is co-editor of Personal Injury Practice 5th Edition, Bloomsbury 2008

Andrew Buchan is co-editor of Personal Injury Practice 5th Edition, Bloomsbury 2008
Andrew Buchan is co-editor of Personal Injury Practice 5th Edition , Bloomsbury 2008

Philip Engleman (education) and Paul Michell (employment) are specialist contributors to Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings 2008

Philip Engleman (education) and Paul Michell (employment) are specialist contributors to Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings 2008
Philip Engleman (education) and Paul Michell (employment) are specialist contributors to Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings 2008

Anthony Bradley & Keith Ewing have written Constiutional & Administrative Law

Anthony Bradley & Keith Ewing have written Constiutional & Administrative Law
Anthony Bradley & Keith Ewing have written Constiutional & Administrative Law (15th edition, 2010) published by Pearson

Andrew Buchan and William Latimer-Sayer are co-authors of Personal Injury Schedules (2010)

Andrew Buchan and William Latimer-Sayer are co-authors of Personal Injury Schedules (2010)
Andrew Buchan and William Latimer-Sayer are co-authors of  Personal Injury Schedules  (2010)

Catherine Casserley, Rachel Crasnow, Tom Brown and Robin Allen QC have contributed to Blackstone's Guide to the Equality Act 2010

Catherine Casserley, Rachel Crasnow, Tom Brown and Robin Allen QC have contributed to Blackstone's Guide to the Equality Act 2010
Catherine Casserley, Rachel Crasnow, Tom Brown and Robin Allen QC have contributed to Blackstone's Guide to the Equality Act 2010

Claire McCann looks at what X v Mid Sussex CAB tells us about volunteer rights in the workplace.

Claire McCann looks at what X v Mid Sussex CAB tells us about volunteer rights in the workplace.
Claire McCann looks at what X v Mid Sussex CAB tells us about volunteer rights in the workplace.

Cloisters' briefing series on key implications of the Equality Act 2010

Cloisters' briefing series on key implications of  the Equality Act 2010
Cloisters' briefing series on key implications of  the Equality Act 2010

Martyn McLeish on alternatives to the Jackson recommendations

Martyn McLeish on alternatives to the Jackson recommendations
Martyn McLeish on  alternatives to the Jackson recommendations
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Cloisters responds to consultation by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on workplace disputes

Cloisters responds to consultation by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on workplace disputes
Cloisters responds to consultation by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on workplace disputes

Lisa Sullivan looks at why judgments are and should be final in an article for the New Law Journal

Lisa Sullivan looks at why judgments are and should be final in an article for the New Law Journal
Lisa Sullivan looks at why judgments are and should be final in an article for the New Law Journal
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The definition of employee: Rachel Crasnow looks at the implications of Jivraj V Hashwani in this article for the Solicitors Journal

The definition of employee: Rachel Crasnow looks at the implications of Jivraj V Hashwani in this article for the Solicitors Journal
The definition of employee: Rachel Crasnow looks at the implications of Jivraj V Hashwani in this  article for the legal news website and magazine Solicitors Journal
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