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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. ...
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Rachel Crasnow QC and Rachel Barrett represent whistleblowing judge in landmark EAT appeal

Rachel Crasnow QC and Rachel Barrett represent whistleblowing judge in landmark EAT appeal
Rachel Crasnow QC and Rachel Barrett presented what the MOJ described as a ‘revolutionary’ argument that judges are ‘workers under contract’ in a cutting edge EAT Appeal case today. In Gilham v MOJ , the Cloisters’ barristers represented District Judge Claire Gilham who made protected disclosures about listing pressures and potential courtroom dang...
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The Bar and shared parental leave

The Bar and shared parental leave
by Rachel Crasnow QC Since Shared Parental Leave (SPL) came into force a year ago on 5 April 2015, I have written, lectured and advised widely about this new legal entitlement. The people I have not engaged with much about SPL are barristers - for the key reason that as self-employed professionals rather than employees, they are excluded from this ...
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The Court of Appeal in Griffiths: Malcolm comparison 'inapt' for reasonable adjustment cases

The Court of Appeal in Griffiths: Malcolm comparison 'inapt' for reasonable adjustment cases
In the disability discrimination decision of Griffiths v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions , the Court of Appeal provides helpful guidance on the proper comparator in reasonable adjustments cases. Rachel Crasnow QC and Sarah Fraser Butlin suggest that the Court’s conclusion – that the comparator is not akin to that in Malcolm – mus...
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Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at the TUC/EOR Discrimination Law Conference 2016

Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at the TUC/EOR Discrimination Law Conference 2016
Rachel Crasnow QC is speaking on the challenges to the Shared Parental Leave regime at the TUC/EOR Discrimination Law Conference 2016 on 22 January 2016. Rachel is currently advising the Bar Council on how to implement SPL. This annual discrimination law conference, held at TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, will give trade unio...
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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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Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at Addleshaw Goddard's Employment Group seminar

Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at Addleshaw Goddard's Employment Group seminar
Cloisters’ Rachel Crasnow QC will be speaking at Addleshaw Goddard’s annual Employment Group Training Day for in-house employment lawyers and HR professionals on 15 October 2015. Rachel’s session ‘Fighting for adjustments - 20 years of disability discrimination’  will offer guidance through how the law has developed over the last 20 years.&nbs...
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Rachel Crasnow QC speaker at MBL Employment Law Conference 2015

Rachel Crasnow QC speaker at MBL Employment Law Conference 2015
Rachel Crasnow QC will be speaking at the MBL "Employment Law Conference – Review of the Year 2015" on Monday 14 September 2015 at the London Hilton Hotel, 22 Park Lane London W1K 1BE. Rachel’s session will cover the dramatic developments in discrimination law. This conference is 6 CPD hours. 

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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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...
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Rachel Crasnow QC, David Massarella and Jennifer Danvers lecture on 'dishonesty test in regulatory proceedings' to RCN

Rachel Crasnow QC, David Massarella and Jennifer Danvers lecture on 'dishonesty test in regulatory proceedings' to RCN
Cloisters barristers, Rachel Crasnow QC , David Massarella and Jennifer Danvers are giving a talk to the Royal College of Nursing on the dishonesty test within regulatory proceedings and how this has developed over time. The lecture on Monday 20 April is in London. 

Clarkson, the BBC and employer’s liability

Clarkson, the BBC and employer’s liability
 By  Jason Galbraith-Marten QC  and Rachel Crasnow QC Tony Hall, the BBC’s Director General, announced on 25 March that Jeremy Clarkson's contract will not be renewed after an "unprovoked physical attack" on a Top Gear producer, Oisin Tymon. It is widely reported that Mr Clarkson has hired lawyers, presumably to advise him about his ...
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Rachel Crasnow QC and Yvette Genn speak at Law Management Section HR forum

Rachel Crasnow QC and Yvette Genn speak at  Law Management Section HR forum
Cloisters barristers Rachel Crasnow QC and Yvette Genn are invited to speak at the Law Society’s Law Management Section HR Forum on Tuesday 24 March 2015. Rachel’s talk will cover gender and diversity highlighting issues of: Equal pay – spotlight on law firms Equalising pay Gender and diversity balance – practical steps Yvette will talk about flexi...
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Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at the Industrial Law Society's One Day Spring Conference -Saturday 25 April 2015

Rachel Crasnow QC to speak at the Industrial Law Society's One Day Spring Conference -Saturday 25 April 2015
Rachel Crasnow QC , Cloisters barrister, is to speak on the topic of " Fighting for Adjustments: twenty years of the DDA" at the ILS One Day Spring Conference which continues to deal with the cutting edge legal issues that affect the worker; from all sides of the debate.  Line-up of speakers include Sir Brendan Barber, Chair of ACAS ...
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Is promise to double length and rate of paternity leave effective?

Is promise to double length and rate of paternity leave effective?
Cloisters' barrister Rachel Crasnow considers Labour party’s announcement on 9 February that a future Labour government would double paternity leave to four weeks and also double the current rate of paternity pay. The aim is to ensure the money available is as good as the national minimum wage. The current eligibility is for two weeks’ paternity le...
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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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Rachel Crasnow to talk on pregnancy and maternity leave issues to the Employment Lawyers Group NI

Rachel Crasnow to talk on pregnancy and maternity leave issues to the Employment Lawyers Group NI
  Cloisters barrister, Rachel Crasnow, is to speak on pregnancy and maternity rights at the Employment Lawyers Group NI seminar in Belfast on 11 February 2015. The venue: Old Bar Library, Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast. Time: 1pm – 2pm (arrival at 12.30pm for 1pm start). To register for this seminar go to:   ELG Employment Lawyers ...
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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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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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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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Obesity and disability following Kaltoft

Can Employers now breath a sigh of relief following the 18 December judgment in the CJEU case of C‑354/13 Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund that obesity itself is not a protected characteristic?

Cloisters barristers, Rachel Crasnow and Sarah Fraser Butlin discuss.

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Discrimination Law in 2015

Cloisters’ employment law barristers Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnov will be on the panel of experts speaking at the Discrimination Law in 2015 Conference in London on Friday 23 January 2015.

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Reasonable adjustments and comparators - why simple is not necessarily right

You have a claim for breach of the duty to make reasonable adjustments? Well, that’s simple isn’t it? No, not at all. Sarah Fraser Butlin and Rachel Crasnow explore the issues in reasonable adjustments claims and particularly the difficult comparator point which is raising its ugly head again. Very often when we are considering a claim for breach o...
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2014 Equality and Employment Update: Focusing on Legal Status, Disability and Flexible Working

On 14 October 2014, Rachel Crasnow , Sarah Fraser Butlin , and Sally Robertson delivered a 2014 Equality and Employment Update (which focused on legal status, disability and flexible working) as part of Cloisters’ Autumn Seminar Series. The paper accompanying this update, which was written by the speakers and Declan O’Dempsey , can be accessed here...
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New right to accompany partner to antenatal appointments

Currently if a father or partner of a pregnant employee wants to accompany their partner to attend an antenatal appointment, they have to use up holiday entitlement. After 1 October, they will gain the right to statutory time off – albeit unpaid- during working hours, to accompany the pregnant woman to two such appointments. This new right is pursu...
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