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Catherine Casserley represents 11 year old Ben Gleeson in £42,000 disability discrimination claim

Catherine Casserley  represented Ben Gleeson and his family after Ben was told by his scout group that he could not go to camp or take part in athletics without supervision. Scout pack leaders said Ben could not travel with the rest of the group on a bus to events or participate in athletics. They also said he had to have one-to-one super...
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ELA - Disability discrimination, how key concepts have been clarified in the last year

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

Catherine Casserley , an expert in disability discrimination is instructed for a deaf mother who is suing Little Mix promoter in sign language argument.  In order that she could fully access the performance, Sally Reynolds asked the organisers of a Little Mix concert, LHG Live, to provide a British Sign Language interpreter. Under the Equality...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cloisters Employment Law Conference: What you need to know in 2017

Cloisters Employment Law Conference: What you need to know in 2017
Cloisters’ leading employment law silks and juniors will share their wealth of expertise and practical know-how on hot employment law issues that are likely to have the greatest impact on employment and HR professionals in the coming year. Book now and ensure your place at this one day conference which will be held on 3 November 2016 from 10am to 4...
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Race Discrimination and Housing in post-Brexit Britain

Race Discrimination and Housing in post-Brexit Britain
In this article  Catherine Casserley and Tom Gillie  consider race discrimination in housing and, in particular, the obligations that landlords have not to discriminate themselves and to take action when their tenants are experiencing discrimination and harassment by other tenants. The reported racist incidents have surged since the ...
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Caspar Glyn QC to speak at the ILS Annual Oxford Conference

Caspar Glyn QC to speak at the ILS Annual Oxford Conference
Cloisters is delighted to be involved again in this year’s Industrial Law Society’s (ILS) Annual Conference at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. The conference will run from Friday 16 September  to Sunday 18 September 2016. Caspar Glyn QC will be giving a plenary lecture on Friday entitled:  Master and Servants. Employment Status – Yesterda...
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Supreme Court hears wheelchair user Paulley’s landmark appeal against bus company

Supreme Court hears wheelchair user Paulley’s landmark appeal against bus company
The Supreme Court heard today why bus companies must ensure that wheelchair users like Mr Doug Paulley (represented by Cloisters’ barristers Robin Allen QC and Catherine Casserley ) must have priority in using wheelchair spaces and why bus companies must end ‘first come, first serve’ policies. Facts In February 2012, wheelchair user Mr Paulley trie...
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Cloisters sponsors conference to discuss the ‘Lords Report on Disability and the Equality Act: Turning Recommendations into Reality’

Cloisters sponsors conference to discuss the ‘Lords Report on Disability and the Equality Act: Turning Recommendations into Reality’
Cloisters is proud to co-sponsor the conference to discuss the ‘ Lords Report on Disability and the Equality Act:Turning Recommendations into Reality ’ on 27 April 2016 at the Max Nasatyr Room, Third Floor Suite, Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9NH. This timely event, co-organised by Catherin...
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House of Lords Select Committee condemns Equality Act’s failures to secure equality for disabled people

House of Lords Select Committee condemns Equality Act’s failures to secure equality for disabled people
On 24 March 2016, the House of Lords’ Select Committee published its report on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability entitled “The Equality Act 2010: the impact on disabled people” . Catherine Casserley acted as the Select Committee’s specialist adviser for the Report. She has appeared in a number of the cases referred to in the Report and obtained ...
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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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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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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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Cloisters' Employment and Discrimination seminars

Cloisters' Employment and Discrimination seminars
Cloisters' highly acclaimed autumn seminar programme on employment and discrimination on 13 and 15 October 2015 is featured below. Venue Cloisters. 1 Pump Court EC4Y 7AA Time 18.15 - 19.45 CPD for each talk is 1.5 Cakes, obesity and no room on buses! Anna Beale & Catherine Casserley : Tuesday 13 October Upcoming challenges in employment discrim...
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Catherine Casserley appointed specialist adviser to the House of Lords’ Equality Act 2010 and Disability Select Committee

Catherine Casserley appointed specialist adviser to the House of Lords’  Equality Act 2010 and Disability Select Committee
Cloisters is delighted to announce that Catherine Casserley has been appointed specialist adviser to the House of Lords’ Equality Act 2010 and Disability Select Committee.  This is a part-time role and Catherine remains in full-time practice at Chambers. The Select Committee was appointed on 11 June to consider the impact of the Equality Act 2...
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Supreme Court grants wheelchair user Paulley permission to appeal in landmark case

Supreme Court grants wheelchair user Paulley permission to appeal in landmark case
FirstGroup Plc v Paulley The Supreme Court today (8 July) granted the Appellant Mr Paulley (represented by Cloisters’ barristers Robin Allen QC and Catherine Casserley ) permission to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision in a case considering what reasonable adjustments a bus company is required to make in order to accommodate disabled wheelchair ...
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Supreme Court considers tests for justification under s15 Equality Act 2010 and Article 8 ECHR in a housing eviction case against a disabled tenant

Supreme Court considers tests for justification under s15 Equality Act 2010 and Article 8 ECHR in a housing eviction case against a disabled tenant
By Catherine Casserley The Supreme Court handed down its decision yesterday in Akerman-Livingstone v. Aster Communities Ltd (formerly Flourish Homes Ltd) [2015] UKSC 15 in which it considered the test of justification for discrimination under section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 (the EqA) as compared with justification for Article 8 of the Conventio...
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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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Holiday Claims - using the Equality Act for disabled clients

Both past disabled clients returning from holiday and people injured while on holiday, or working abroad, may present in the first instance to solicitors specialising in personal injury, who may have wrestled in the past with claims arising abroad but may be less familiar with the potential for using the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”), which require...
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