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Gender Recognition and Trans Equality

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With trans headlines constantly in the news,  Claire McCann  examines the law on trans rights and the dangers of misinformed debate in this month's edition of Counsel Magazine. Read full article here.

Third edition of Employment Law and Human Rights published

A new edition of  Employment Law and Human Rights  (Oxford University Press) has been released. Widely considered an authority in the field of employment law and human rights, written by Cloisters' renowned author team; Robin Allen QC , Rachel Crasnow QC , Anna Beale ,   Claire McCann  and Rachel Barrett . New to the third ...
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Claire McCann and Navid Pourghazi to speak at ELA Conference

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

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Get out of my Face...book! Can employees enjoy any privacy in the workplace? Experienced employment, discrimination and equality barrister, Claire McCann , will host the above session in Manchester tomorrow evening (Tuesday 9th January). Claire will examine recent case law in her attempt to unpick some of the thorny questions thrown up by the ...
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Denial of UK State Pension to Transgender Pensioner Constitutes Direct Sex Discrimination

Denial of UK State Pension to male-to-female trans pensioner without a Gender Recognition Certificate constitutes direct sex discrimination contrary to EU Directive 79/7. In MB v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions , Advocate General Bobek considers that the requirement for a trans pensioner to be unmarried in order to qualify for a state pe...
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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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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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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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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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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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Government responds to Women & Equalities Select Committee Report on Transgender Equality

Government responds to Women & Equalities Select Committee Report on Transgender Equality
The House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Select Committee was appointed on 3 June 2015.  The Committee announced its first inquiry shortly thereafter into transgender equality, looking at a range of outstanding issues for the trans community and considering how they could most effectively be addressed.  Six Ministers gave evidence to th...
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Extension of Right to Shared Parental Leave….

Extension of Right to Shared Parental Leave….
Claire McCann considers this week’s announcement by George Osborne in the March 2016 budget to extend the right to shared parental leave Shared parental leave was introduced for parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015, allowing mothers to share their leave with their “partner” which is defined in the legislation as “ someone, of either sex, ...
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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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Righting discriminatory pension schemes: Does the EU “future effects” or “no retrospectivity” principle win?

Righting discriminatory pension schemes: Does the  EU “future effects” or “no retrospectivity” principle win?
Claire McCann considers the Court of Appeal judgment in O’Brien v Ministry of Justice and Walker v Innospec & Ors , which deals with the question of whether rights under the EU Part-time Workers Directive and the Framework Directive can be retrospective in the complex area of entitlement to pensions. In these joint cases, the Court of Appeal 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.

SPLash (advice on shared parental leave) website now LIVE

SPLash (advice on shared parental leave) website now LIVE
By Claire McCann An alliance of organisations with expertise in employment law and issues affecting parents at work have created SPLash, a website dedicated to providing advice on the new rights relating to shared parental leave.  The legislation governing these rights can be complex to navigate and SPLash hopes to provide much needed clarific...
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The CJEU confirms meaning of “establishment”

The CJEU confirms meaning of “establishment”
By Jacques Algazy QC & Claire McCann In the Woolworths  case, the CJEU has confirmed that under the EU Directive on Collective Redundancies an employer’s obligations are triggered in respect of the single employing unit to which the affected employees are assigned and has declined to deal with the question of vertical direct effect. Backgr...
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Cloisters responds to public consultation by the European Commission on its review of the Working Time Directive

Cloisters responds to public consultation by the European Commission on its review of the Working Time Directive
A team of four Cloisters’ barristers, Claire McCann , Olivia Dobbie , Sian McKinley and Chesca Lord , have co-written a response to the public consultation by the European Commission in connection with its review of the Working Time Directive.  The consultation was announced in December 2014 and concluded on 18 March 2015.  Here is a...
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Cloisters unites with key family rights groups to raise awareness on shared parental leave and pay

Cloisters unites with key family rights groups to raise awareness on shared parental leave and pay
by Claire McCann Cloisters has joined Your Employment Settlement Service(YESS) Law, Maternity Action and Working Families to produce and disseminate vital information on the complex rights associated with shared parental leave which may be taken in respect of babies due to be born on or after 5 April 2015.  The shared parental leave regime is ...
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