The Latest from Cloisters

News, Publications, Policies, Events and Blogs

Closing the Race Employment and Pay Gaps: Levers for Change

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

Glasgow City Council Decides Not to Appeal

Photo credit: BBC News 17 Jan 2017
Yesterday, Glasgow City Council decided that it would not pursue permission to appeal to the Supreme Court against the Court of Session decision in HBJ Claimants v Glasgow City Council [2017] IRLR 739. The Court had allowed the claimants’ appeal against rulings by the ET and EAT that the Workplace Pay and Benefits Review (“WPBR”), the job evaluatio...
Continue reading

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 ...
Continue reading

Four leading Cloisters silks will be speaking at the renowned 22 QCs conference

22-QCs
Four leading Cloisters silks talk on a wide range of hot topics at the renowned 22 QCs conference on the key employment law issues for 2017-18. The conference will take place on 5th and 6th October 2017 at Strand Palace Hotel, Central London. This two day conference promises to be the event of the year for anyone advising on employment or disc...
Continue reading

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

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...
Continue reading

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)...
Continue reading

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...
Continue reading

Asda, equal pay and the meaning of “establishments”

Asda, equal pay and the meaning of “establishments”
Daphne Romney QC considers the long awaited decision of the ET in Brierley v ASDA Stores: The ET sitting in Manchester has handed down judgment in the latest instalment of Brierley v ASDA Stores [1] the equal pay litigation between some 7,000 claimants, predominantly female, working in the Retail division of ASDA. They assert that they do work of e...
Continue reading

Times are changing - Gender Pay Gap Regulations

Times are changing - Gender Pay Gap Regulations
Forty-six years since the Equal Pay Act 1970, the gender pay gap persists despite years of litigation. The impending regulations have come at an important time, says Daphne Romney QC who has written a full article on this in the October 2016 edition of Counsel. This can be accessed here .

The legal consequences of illegality: The Supreme Court’s judgment in Patel v Mirza

The legal consequences of illegality: The Supreme Court’s judgment in Patel v Mirza
By  Daphne Romney QC When the Court of Appeal heard this claim, Gloster LJ began her judgment with what Lord Toulson in the Supreme Court called a “ cri de coeur ”. “As any hapless law student attempting to grapple with the concept of illegality knows, it is almost impossible to ascertain or articulate principled rules from the authorities rel...
Continue reading

Six Cloisters’ Silks join panel of 22 QCs on the hot employment law issues for 2016-2017

Six Cloisters’ Silks join panel of 22 QCs on the hot employment law issues for 2016-2017
Robin Allen QC ,  Daphne Romney QC ,  Paul Epstein QC ,  Jason Galbraith-Marten QC ,  Caspar Glyn QC  and  Rachel Crasnow QC  will be part of the panel of 22 of the UK’s leading Queen’s Counsel who will update delegates  on key employment law topics that are most likely to be of concern in 2016-17. ...
Continue reading

Cloisters' barristers and their guests enjoy Temple Women's Forum Garden Party

Cloisters' barristers and their guests enjoy Temple Women's Forum Garden Party
Great fun was had by all at the Temple Women’s Forum Garden Party yesterday  (11 July 2016). Cloisters' barristers Daphne Romney QC , Caroline Musgrave , Dee Masters , Anna Beale , Chesca Lord , Sheryn Omeri , Sarah Fraser Butlin and their invited guests enjoyed drinks and canapés in the beautiful gardens at Inner Temple where they mingled wit...
Continue reading

Daphne Romney QC acts for former police Head of Legal in sex and disability discrimination case

Daphne Romney QC acts for former police Head of Legal in sex and disability discrimination case
Daphne Romney QC is acting for the former Head of Legal Services at Northumbria Police force in a high profile unfair dismissal case Denise Aubrey v Northumbria Police . The claimant, Denise Aubrey, was sacked for gross misconduct from the force she had worked at for 20 years following allegations that she had leaked information about an affair bet...
Continue reading

Six Cloisters' Silks join 22 QCs to update on hot Employment Law issues for 2016-2017

Six Cloisters' Silks join 22 QCs to update on hot Employment Law issues for 2016-2017
Six Cloisters' Silks are on the panel of 22 leading Queen’s Counsel at the  22 QCs - Hot employment law issues for 2016-2017  conference devised and chaired by Michael Rubenstein.  Robin Allen QC ,  Daphne Romney QC ,  Paul Epstein QC , Jason Galbraith-Marten QC ,  Caspar Glyn QC and  Rachel Crasnow QC  will ...
Continue reading

Limits to the concept of ‘Associative Discrimination’

Limits to the concept of ‘Associative Discrimination’
The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal or to make a referral to the CJEU in Hainsworth v Ministry of Defence. Daphne Romney QC considers this brake on the concept of associative discrimination and the law of disability. In Coleman v Attridge [2008] IRLR 722 the ECJ held that Art. 2 of the Framework Employment Equality Directive applied ...
Continue reading

Closing the Gap: Will the gender pay gap information Regulations bring about equality?

Closing the Gap:  Will the gender pay gap information Regulations bring about equality?
Daphne Romney QC  considers how the draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 , published last week by the Government, will affect businesses . On 12 February 2016, the Government published the draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 , which will affect some 8,000 businesses. This ...
Continue reading

Daphne Romney QC to talk on recent surprising developments in discrimination law at ILS event

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

Five Cloisters' Silks join 22 QC panel on 'Hot Issues in Employment Law for 2015-2016' Conference

Five Cloisters' Silks join 22 QC panel on 'Hot Issues in Employment Law for 2015-2016' Conference
Five Cloisters' Silks are on the panel of 22 leading Queen’s Counsel at the  22 Silk - Hot issues in Employment Law 2015-2016  conference devised and chaired by Michael Rubenstein. Robin Allen QC ,   Daphne Romney QC ,   Jason Galbraith-Marten QC ,  Caspar Glyn QC  and  Rachel Crasnow QC  will be part of the ...
Continue reading

Five Cloisters' Silks join 22 QC panel to update on Hot Employment Issues for 2015-2016

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

Daphne Romney QC talks on Radio 4 about the culture of sexual discrimination and harassment in the City

Daphne Romney QC talks on Radio 4 about the culture of sexual discrimination and harassment in the City
Daphne Romney QC talked to Jenni Murray on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour on 30 April 2015 about why sexual discrimination and harassment are still so rife in the City and how women who object to the aggressive and often crude  male sexual messages are often described as ‘cry-babies’. "What men see as ‘banter’ other people see as abuse “, she says. She ...
Continue reading

First toe in the water of ‘ In The Public Interest’

First toe in the water of ‘ In The Public Interest’
Chestertons v  Nurmohammed By Daphne Romney QC In order to qualify as a protected disclosure, a disclosure must be a qualifying disclosure, namely that it must fall within the categories listed in section ERA 1996 43B(1) as inserted by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, and now re-amended by the Enterprise and regulatory reform Act 2013....
Continue reading

Daphne Romney QC acts for 3000 women in successful equal pay claim against council

Daphne Romney QC acts for 3000 women in successful equal pay claim against council
Daphne Romney QC , instructed by Fox & Partners, represented 3000 Claimants, including carers, cooks, cleaners, school crossing patrollers, sheltered housing wardens and caretakers working for North Lanarkshire Council. They were claiming equal pay with male comparators following a job evaluation scheme brought into effect in November 2006. The...
Continue reading

Terri Paddock wins unfair dismissal claim against WhatsOnStage

Terri Paddock wins unfair dismissal claim against WhatsOnStage
If WhatsOnStage recommended you a play about a woman sacked for sexual harassment of another woman at the Office Christmas Lunch, even though the alleged victim had never made a complaint, you might have thought it sounded too far-fetched. Sadly for Terri Paddock, its well-known Managing Director, it was all too true. Two days after the lunch Ms Pa...
Continue reading