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.

EHRC Litigation Strategy

Jayne Hardwick, Senior Lawyer in the Equality & Human Rights Commission, spoke about the Commission's litigation strategy and how it selects cases to support. This included guidance on how practitioners can request intervention and support from the EHRC.

Perceived discrimination: a matter of perception?

Claire Darwinof Matrix Chambers considers the recent cases in perceived discrimination law. In particular, Coleman v Attridge Law and Aitken v Commissioner of Police of The Metropolis, as well as the position under the Equality Act 2010, as a starting point for a general discussion of how this area of law will develop in the future.

Non-Financial Remedies

Robin Allen's presentation focuses on some underused legal provisions that can provide non-financial remedies, and considers whether these can be useful remedies in discrimination cases. 

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?