Practitioner group meetings

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.

Equality Conflicts - Managing conflicts within and between the Equality Strands'

This seminar examined conflicts of rights and competing interests in the context of the equalities framework

Disability Discrimination – Definitions and dangers

Declan O’Dempsey of Cloisters Chambers speaking on recent developments in the definition of disability and the likely impact of the Equality Bill.

Maximising Compensation in Discrimination Cases

Daphne Romney QC of Cloister is described by Chambers & Partners as an 'equal pay expert'. She has represented hundreds of claimants in cases against Local Authorities and NHS Trusts. She is currently challenging the NHS Pay Structure Agenda for Change and has recently been appointed Silk.

Discrimination Claims against the police

This paper was presented by Henrietta Hill of Doughty Street Chambers at our July PGM

Daphne Romney QC - Equal Pay

Catch up on Daphne Romney's update on equal pay at our April PGM via the following download

Discrimination and Redundancy

Redundancy ... is it a smoke screen concealing the real reason for selection?

This powerpoint presentation was provided by Elizabeth Graves, Kathleen Healy and Susan Doris from Freshfields

BACKLASH IN THE HIGHER COURTS?

Should we be optomistic about the higher courts protecting progress or are they undermining the principles of discrimination law?

Malcolm PGM Papers Now Available

Catherine Casserley has now made her papers on the Malcolm decision, which were presented at this month's PGM available to DLA members

The House of Lords overturns Clark v Novocold. Where to now for DDA cases?

The House of Lords in Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Lewisham v Malcolm has just overturned one of the key tests in disability discrimination cases - to the detriment of many claimants.

Cathy Casserley of Cloisters Chambers, one of the team on Malcolm and former policy expert at the Disability Rights Commission, will speak and lead a discussion on the implications of Malcolm and how to proceed in practice.

What are the most effective ways to ensure carers do not suffer discrimination?

October 2007

In the context of policy questions raised during the DLR consultation A Framework for Fairness and the DLA's input into the consultation, the DLA sought to develop a clear position on the question of protection for carers.

Camilla Palmer and Joanna Wade - both of Palmer Wade and specialising in employment discrimination law, maternity & parental rights and flexible working - speak on the current position of the law and the advantages and disadvantages in terms of different forms of statutory protection for carers. Briefing 458, Vol.32 contains a summary of the discussion.