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.

Migrant workers and discrimination - 21 May

Jamila Duncan-Bosu, solicitor and founding member of the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit ( gave a very lively talk at a PGM on 21 May focussing on using race discrimination legislation to seek redress for cases of domestic servitude by claiming that clients had been less favourably treated due to their national origins.

Tips and pitfalls from EJ's perspective - 23/4/14

Simon Cheetham of Old Square Chambers (profile) gave a very spirited and entertaining talk at a PGM on 23 April with an insightful look at the employment tribunal process from a judge’s perspective.

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination - 26/3/2014

Susan Belgrave of 9 Gough Square (profile) gave a very interesting talk at a PGM on 26th March with an update on recent case law and new rules and regulations in relation to pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

Status and discrimination law - some hurdles - 22 Feb 2014

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 

EHRC Strategic Legal Cases - 11/12/2013

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

Alternatives to the Questionnaire procedure in discrimination claims - 20/11/13

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

Developments in Justification - 17/7/13

Robin Allen QC of Cloisters Chambers (profile) gave an extremely interesting talk on Wednesday, 17th July on the subject of “Developments in Justification” in the light of the case of O’Brien (a part-time fee-paid judge who worked for the Ministry of Justice. He was not entitled to a pension when he retired, although full-time judges were - the Supreme Court upheld his claim).

The meeting was unusual in that, in addition to the usual skype transmission, it was also relayed by videolink live to Birmingham.  Many thanks to St Philips Chambers for providing the venue.

You can view the slides from this talk by clicking on the link below: