PGMs provide a unique opportunity for members to discuss discrimination law matters in an informal setting with diverse experts and practitioners. They are of particular interest to those advising and representing complainants. It is possible to join on the day to attend a PGM.
PGMs attract CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points through the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Meetings are usually in London, although the DLA hopes to make certain future meetings available by podcast through the website.
The views expressed during these meetings do not necessarily reflect the views of the DLA, and the DLA cannot be held responsible for any opinions or advice shared during PGMs, which constitute informal discussions between members.
Paul Michell of Cloisters Chambers gave a very interesting talk to a packed room on the subject of "Status and discrimination law - some hurdles" to shed light on the meaning of "employment" and "occupation" under the Framework Directive.
You can view his Powerpoint presentation by clicking here
Sarah Lowe, Senior Lawyer from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and Wendy Hewitt, Commission deputy director, Legal, presented a fascinating talk outlining the EHRC's agenda and current strategic priorities with details of recent cases that they have been involved in. You can view their presentation slides here
Kiran Daurka of Slater & Gordon gave a very interesting talk entitled “Alternatives to the Questionnaire procedure in discrimination claims” to a well attended meeting at on Wednesday, 20th November. The talk sparked off a lively discussion afterwards.
You can view the slides accompanying this talk in the attached file below
Simon Cheetham of Old Square Chambers (profile) gave a fascinating talk on the subject of "Disability Discrimination and Workplace Stress.
You can read the handout to this talk by clicking on the attachment below
Amanda Hart of Doughty Street Chambers gave a fascinating talk on the issues of discrimination involved in the recent Miriam O'Reilly (ex-Countryfile presenter) case. Amanda Hart was junior counsel for the claimant.
You can view the presentation slides and the judgment in the attached files below.