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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.  

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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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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Beckford: Clarity as to 10% uplift on general damages in the Tribunal?

Beckford: Clarity as to 10% uplift on general damages in the Tribunal?
Olivia-Faith Dobbie  comments on why the Simmons v Castle saga continues in Beckford . Introduction In Simmons v Castle  [2012] EWCA Civ 1039, the Court of Appeal (CA) declared that: “…with effect from 1 April 2013, the proper level of general damages in all civil claims for (i) pain and suffering, (ii) loss of amenity, (iii) physical inc...
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Lee v Ashers Bakery: Cake Now or Cake Later?

Lee v Ashers Bakery: Cake Now or Cake Later?
By Olivia Dobbie Northern Ireland delivers a small slice of sweet justice to the gay rights movement, but for some, it leaves a bitter aftertaste. Is the law moving too fast? Just days before the Republic of Ireland voted in favour of same-sex marriage, its neighbour, Northern Ireland, demonstrated a similarly positive stance to gay rights in the j...
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A victory for gay rights as Ashers bakery is found liable for discrimination

A victory for gay rights as Ashers bakery is found liable for discrimination
By Olivia Dobbie In a judgment handed down today by a County Court sitting in Belfast, Ashers bakery was found liable for discriminating against a customer when it refused to fulfil his order of making a cake which was iced with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage”. Cloisters’ Robin Allen QC acted for the customer (the plaintiff) in this significant r...
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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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Court reserves judgment in gay rights v religious beliefs case

Court reserves judgment in gay rights v religious beliefs case
Gareth Lee v Ashers Baking Company Limited Belfast High Court reserved judgment yesterday in the case of Gareth Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd - a case that could have wide-reaching consequences for shop owners. Robin Allen QC , acting for gay rights activist Gareth Lee, told the court why a business should not “be allowed to break a contract with...
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A prisoner’s right to vote: straining European relations

“Democracy values everyone equally even if the majority does not” [1] ... unless you happen to be a prisoner in the UK that is.... Summary In this article, I argue that there is an urgent need for a more rational approach to the debate about prisoners’ rights to vote - which has become an emotive issue in the United Kingdom. This is particularly so...
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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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