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Schona Jolly and Simon Dyer to become QCs

Schona Jolly and Simon Dyer to become QCs
Today, Cloisters is delighted to announce that Schona Jolly and Simon Dyer will be appointed as QCs. Schona Jolly is a legal expert in employment, discrimination, human rights and civil liberties whilst Simon Dyer specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence.

Schona Jolly's 'Why the Daily Mail is wrong about the judiciary' story ranks Top 5 in The Lawyer's Top 20 stories of 2016

Schona Jolly's 'Why the Daily Mail is wrong about the judiciary' story ranks Top 5 in The Lawyer's Top 20 stories of 2016
It is a sign of a healthy and functioning democracy that the exercise of governmental power can be challenged properly through the courts. Contrary to the screaming headlines in some British newspapers today, yesterday’s High Court decision did not thwart the will of 17 million Brexit voters. The High Court did not decide the EU referendum “did not...
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Schona Jolly to speak at the annual Sakharov Debate in December

Schona Jolly to speak at the annual Sakharov Debate in December
Cloisters’ Schona Jolly is speaking at the annual Sakharov Debate, sponsored and organised by the UCL European Institute, and the Office of the European Parliament in the UK. Schona will be discussing the effect of Brexit on workers’ rights and equality as part of a panel considering how any post-Brexit rights will be enforced, and what the UK huma...
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Schona Jolly interviewed by BBC and the Independent following yesterday's article 50 judgment

Schona Jolly interviewed by BBC and the Independent following yesterday's article 50 judgment
Following yesterday's Article 50 judgment and the front pages in the press this morning, Schona Jolly was interviewed by the BBC and the Independent to comment on some papers' interpretation of the judgment and their attack on the judiciary (the Independent article can be found here ).  Schona also wrote for the Lawyer Magazine on the topic ea...
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Schona Jolly writes in the London Review of Books Blog on the Article 50 litigation, Brexit and parliamentary sovereignty.

Schona Jolly writes in the London Review of Books Blog on the Article 50 litigation, Brexit and parliamentary sovereignty.
Schona Jolly writes in the London Review of Books Blog on Brexit, the London and Belfast Article 50 litigation, parliamentary sovereignty and Henry VIII clauses. see the publication here

Schona Jolly to speak at Oxford University Moot and Panel Discussion on ‘Disabled People and Employment: rights protection, career progression and fulfilling potential’

Schona Jolly to speak at Oxford University Moot and Panel Discussion on ‘Disabled People and Employment: rights protection, career progression and fulfilling potential’
On 5 November 2016, Schona Jolly will be speaking at the Oxford University Moot and Panel Discussion on ‘Disabled People and Employment: rights protection, career progression and fulfilling potential’. Schona was counsel in X v Governing Body of a School [2015] UKUT 0007 (AAC), [2015] ELR 133 in which the Upper Tribunal was invited to consider, and...
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Schona Jolly attends All-Party Parliamentary Group: “How Can Brexit Be Done under the Rule of Law?”

Schona Jolly attends All-Party Parliamentary Group: “How Can Brexit Be Done under the Rule of Law?”
On 24 October 2016, Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP is hosting an All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law considering “How Can Brexit Be Done under the Rule of Law?”

Cloisters’ barristers have made a submission to the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

Cloisters’ barristers have made a submission to the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights
The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has launched an inquiry into the human rights implications of Brexit. It has asked about the potential impact of withdrawal on human rights protected by EU law, including include labour rights, disability rights and rights to freedom from discrimination.  JCHR Chair Harriet Harman said: "EU law provid...
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ELA briefing features innovative articles by Cloisters

ELA briefing features innovative articles by Cloisters
Cloisters is consistently at the cutting edge of legal analysis.  The July edition of ELA briefing contains two articles by barristers at Cloisters.   Schona Jolly and Nathan Roberts produced an analysis of C-157/15 Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions NV entitled, “Secular workplaces v religious freedoms” which argues that the law is cham...
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Schona Jolly to speak at BIICL 'Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa Region' event

Schona Jolly to speak at BIICL 'Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa Region' event
Cloisters' Schona Jolly , Vice Chair Bar Human Rights Committee, will speak at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) event entitled: Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa Region on Wednesday 13 July 2016 at Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London. Time:17.30 - 19.00. This event will...
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Disappointment for victims of trafficking

Disappointment for victims of trafficking
Schona Jolly considers what comes next after the Supreme Court rejects the race discrimination claim in Taiwo v Olaigbe and Onu v Akwiwu “The mistreatment of migrant domestic workers by employers who exploit their employees’ vulnerable situation is clearly wrong”, stated Lady Hale at the start of a judgment which will come as a real disappointment ...
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The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights Back in the Spotlight

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights Back in the Spotlight
The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights Back in the Spotlight By Schona Jolly The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, yet again, finds itself amidst controversy in Britain as it gets tossed into the domestic Leave/Remain referendum debate. Does it impinge upon national sovereignty? Did Britain really sign up to this extension of rights? Does the Charter...
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Schona Jolly appointed Joint Vice-Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee

Schona Jolly appointed Joint Vice-Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee
Schona Jolly has been appointed joint Vice-Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee, the international human rights arm of the Bar Council of England and Wales. Schona, head of Cloisters’ Human Rights and Civil Liberties Group and sitting as a Council member of Justice, specialises in discrimination and equality law, employment law as well as intern...
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Spying on Employees: Has the European Court of Human Rights really given carte blanche to employers?

Spying on Employees: Has the European Court of Human Rights really given carte blanche to employers?
Schona Jolly looks at the recent judgment in Barbulescu v Romania . British newspapers have been swirling with scaremongering stories that suggest the right to privacy in the workplace is dead. This week, the European Court of Human Rights gave an interesting judgment in Barbulescu v Romania which has led to media speculation that ‘Europe’ now give...
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Cloisters' barristers join 343 lawyers in criticising UK’s “deeply inadequate” response to refugee crisis

Cloisters' barristers join 343 lawyers in criticising UK’s “deeply inadequate” response to refugee crisis
Cloisters’ barristers, Sir Stephen Sedley , Robin Allen QC , Patricia Hitchcock QC , Caspar Glyn QC  and Schona Jolly  are among 343 lawyers who have signed a statement attacking the government for its "deeply inadequate" response to the Syrian refugee crisis. The signatories include the most senior ranks of the retired judiciary. Sir Ste...
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Schona Jolly to speak at the JUSTICE Human Rights Law Conference 2015

Schona Jolly to speak at the JUSTICE Human Rights Law Conference 2015
Cloisters’ Head of Human Rights and Civil Liberties Group, Schona Jolly will join a panel of experts to speak on the latest Equality and Human Rights issues at the Justice Annual Human Rights Law Conference on 12 October 2015. The conference, aimed at all human rights lawyers, offers a great opportunity to update legal knowledge, gain valuable...
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After the Arab Spring: Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Middle East

After the Arab Spring: Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Middle East
Cloisters' barrister Schona Jolly will join a panel of eminent speakers at the seminar  After the Arab Spring: Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Middle East  which will explore existing and emerging forces across the Middle East four years after the start of the 'Arab Spring'. The panellists will examine the current human rights sit...
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Schona Jolly tells The Times why pressure must be put on the government to reveal new bill of rights.

Schona Jolly tells The Times why pressure must be put on the government to reveal new bill of rights.
In an interview with The Times today, barrister and Head of Cloisters'  Civil Liberties and Human Rights Group , Schona Jolly joined other leading legal figures to call upon David Cameron for clarity on plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a new bill of rights. The prime minister has so far given little indication as to what...
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Schona Jolly shortlisted for 'Barrister of the Year' at the Lawyer Award 2015

Schona Jolly shortlisted for  'Barrister of the Year' at the Lawyer Award 2015
Chambers is delighted to congratulate Schona Jolly on being shortlisted for 'Barrister of the Year' at The Lawyers Award 2015. Schona is head of Cloisters' Civil Liberties and Human Rights Group and on the Bar's Human Rights Committee. The shortlist for The Lawyer Awards 2015 was announced today. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony o...
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Modern Slavery Act 2015—the first steps in the right direction

Modern Slavery Act 2015—the first steps in the right direction
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015) was one of the last bills to receive Royal Assent before Parliament was dissolved for the election. Schona Jolly , head of Cloisters' Human Rights Group, considers the new law and its shortfalls in this article published in Halsbury Law Exchange.

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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Whistle-blower doctor challenges MOD over sacking by text

Whistle-blower doctor challenges MOD over sacking by text
Cloisters' barrister Schona Jolly appears for whistle-blower, Dr Stephen Frost, who was fired by text after requesting a police investigation into the dispensing of morphine sulphate tablets at an army base near Blackpool. Dr Frost, who has been granted leave to challenge the MOD at the Employment Tribunal, claims he was not told why his contract w...
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Schona Jolly: A view on future of Human Rights in the UK, according to the new Conservative proposals

The future of human rights in Britain according to the Conservative Party Britain is waking up this morning to the prospect that our future rights will be eroded under a Conservative government. There is jubilation, at least in some newspaper front pages about the return to British values, away from the “madness” of human rights, but the Conservati...
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