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.
Peter Reading examined the effect of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in the UK and how practitioners can apply it to their work. In particular the session reviewed the effect of the Lisbon Treaty on the status of the Charter, the recent Court of Justice of the European Union case of NS v Secretary of State for the Home Department on the status of the Charter in the UK, the Achats case on the incompatibility of provisions of the Gender Goods and Services Directive 2004/113/EC with the equality provisions of the Charter, and how the Charter can be applied in discrimination and human rights claims as well as policy work.
The slides from this seminar are available in the attachment below.
Naomi Cunningham of Outer Temple Chambers gave a talk on 25 April 2012 on preparing discrimination cases from a claimant's perspective. See attached file for handout from this talk.
David Stephenson of 1 Mitre Court Chambers
gave a talk on Harassment under the Equality Act
His handout paper and slides can be viewed in the attachments