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Schona Jolly QC elected chair of Bar Human Rights Committee

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Specialist human rights and equalities barrister Schona Jolly QC has been elected as the Bar Human Rights Committee Chair, starting in 2019. The news of Schona’s election was announced on Wednesday evening at a farewell event for Kirsty Brimelow QC, who was chair for six years. On her popular twitter page, Schona announced, “It’s a huge privil...
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2018: A year of international judicial progress in LBGT+ rights

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2018 has seen a flurry of activity in the advancement and development of LGBT+ rights in the international sphere. An exhaustive review of international LGBT+ rights would be beyond the scope of any single piece: the international landscape is far from homogenous; different countries and regions operate with different legal and social starting poin...
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Whistle-blowers have a direct remedy for dismissal against individual co-workers

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Whistle-blowers have a direct remedy for dismissal against individual co-workers - Schona Jolly QC and Chris Milsom act for whistleblower charity Protect in Osipov v Timis & Sage Background to the appeal Alexander Osipov was CEO of International Petroleum Ltd (‘IPL’) until he was dismissed for blowing the whistle about wrongdoing in relation to...
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Religion or belief and GORs. Bumper CJEU Round-Up, Part 2

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In the second part of this two-part blog, Cloisters’  Schona Jolly QC  and  Sarah Fraser Butlin  look at important new developments from the CJEU on the genuine occupational requirement in the context of religion or belief discrimination in the Framework Directive. When does a requirement to profess a faith, or to follow a parti...
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A new dawn for the Charter? Bumper CJEU Round-Up,  Part 1

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In a two-part blog, Cloisters’ Schona Jolly QC and Sarah Fraser Butlin look at important new developments from the CJEU on the Charter of Fundamental Rights, religion or belief discrimination and working time. It’s been something of a bumper few weeks at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (‘CJEU’) where an expansive use of the Charter of F...
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Sports Law & Business Conference

Friday 16 March 2018 This full day conference, to be held at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, will allow those with an interest in sports law, governance and business the opportunity to hear what the leading experts think about the important issues of the day, before debating the same at a drinks reception and networking session. Schona Jolly QC w...
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Schona Jolly QC to address disability and equality in a post-Brexit UK.

Thursday 8th February Schona Jolly QC  spoke at the Business Disability Forum President’s Group Dinner. A flagship event for Business Disability Forum Partners, the dinner is an opportunity for senior leaders to join thoughtful and interesting conversation with disabled opinion formers and influencers. The theme of the evening was Brexit and l...
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Schona Jolly QC to chair the HRLA Annual General Meeting and Lecture

Tuesday 23 January 2018, 5:30 - 8pm The Human Rights Law Association Annual Lecture is open to everyone. The chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, David Isaac, will talk about the state of human rights in modern Britain. Leading the conversation will be Cloister's Schona Jolly QC .  To register for this event please contact&n...
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Schona Jolly QC on plugging the post-Brexit human rights gap

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Human rights and equalities lawyer Schona Jolly QC  warns that the government’s refusal to incorporate the EU Charter of Rights into UK law will weaken human rights protections.  In an article published in the Guardian yesterday, Schona explains that the government's analysis “fails to tackle the legal reality that abandoning the cha...
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Schona Jolly QC on BBC World News: Why the world must act now to protect the Rohingya

Schona Jolly QC  appeared on BBC World News today to discuss human rights concerns of the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar.  Schona explained that the urgent priority is to ensure that there is no continued impunity, that access is needed to Rakhine state in order to collect and preserve evidence and that the international community mus...
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Schona Jolly QC speaks out over Myanmar's Rohingya crisis in Parliament

Schona Jolly QC , on behalf of the Bar Human Rights Committee, was part of a panel led by Rushanara Ali MP, Paul Scully MP and others discussing the urgent crisis facing Myanmar's Rohingya population. Schona was addressing the international law aspects of the crisis. She has also written an Op-Ed which is published in Prospect here: https://www.pro...
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Four leading Cloisters silks will be speaking at the renowned 22 QCs conference

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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...
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The Supreme Court, ET fees and access to justice: Stopping the government in its tracks

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Caspar Glyn QC , Schona Jolly QC and Sian McKinley consider the implications of today’s seismic decision from the Supreme Court which ruled that ET fees are unlawful: R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51.   Judgment Lord Reed, delivering the lead judgment, held the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tri...
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Religious discrimination in the workplace: the European Court of Justice confronts a challenge:

Schona Jolly QC examines the implications of Achbita and Bougnaou in the current edition of European Human Rights Law Review ( E.H.R.L.R. (2017) 3, 308)

Cloisters contribute to practitioners’ guide on religious discrimination

Cloisters contribute to practitioners’ guide on religious discrimination
Schona Jolly QC and Navid Pourghazi have written an introductory guide to religious discrimination in the workplace for Westlaw’s Insight.  Westlaw describe Insight as “an online, dynamic, continually updated and ever-growing encyclopaedia of UK law”. Content on the website is aimed at practitioners with a broad understanding of the law who ar...
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Schona Jolly QC to speak at Human Rights after Brexit alongside Keir Starmer MP in Westminster

Schona Jolly QC to speak at Human Rights after Brexit alongside Keir Starmer MP in Westminster
Schona Jolly QC will be speaking at Human Rights after Brexit on 26 th April at Westminster (RSVP for details), alongside fellow panelists Keir Starmer MP (Shadow Secretary of State for exiting the European Union), Polly Toynbee (The Guardian), Narmada Thirangama (Unison), and Lord Stewart Wood. This is an opportunity to discuss human rights, equal...
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Schona Jolly QC instructed to represent Deliveroo drivers in the latest challenge to employment conditions in the gig economy

Schona Jolly QC instructed to represent Deliveroo drivers in the latest challenge to employment conditions in the gig economy
Following the recent successes of Cloisters barristers in employment tribunal cases such as Citysprint and Boxer v Excel Group , Schona Jolly QC has been instructed by Leigh Day to represent Deliveroo drivers who are taking legal action against the delivery firm. The claims raise more interesting issues on employment status against the food deliver...
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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...
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Achbita & Bougnaoui: A strange kind of equality

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Schona Jolly QC considers the long awaited CJEU decisions in two recent cases concerning religious dress codes in the work place. What Europe needed right now was a solid, sensible judgment from its top court on religious discrimination at work. It needed perspective, proportionality and a judicial underlining of support for religious minorities ac...
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New silks 2017: Schona Jolly, Cloisters

New silks 2017: Schona Jolly, Cloisters
Cloisters’ Schona Jolly is one of seven new star silks interviewed by The Lawyer this year. A self-described “reluctant barrister”, Schona Jolly worked at the UN Refugee Agency before being called to the bar in 1999. “I never had grand dreams of silk – I thought I might go on to a big international organisation,” she says. The call of the bar preva...
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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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