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.

Equal pay - Daphne Romney QC - 16/1/13

Daphne Romney QC of Cloisters Chambers gave a very interesting talk to a packed audience on equal pay, focussing on the recent Birmingham County Council case in which she achieved a record settlement in a major claim.

You can view the handout and slides from this talk in the attached files below.

Employment status

Catherine Rayner gave a fascinating talk on employment status on 12th December 2012.  You can read her handout in the attached file below.

Age discrimination

Declan O'Dempsey gave an update on age discrimination law on 21st November 2012.

“Julia and John are hardly spring chickens”- Amanda Hart - 18/7/2012

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.

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: putting it into practice - Peter Reading - 23/5/2012

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.

Preparing for Battle

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.

Disability Discrimination

James Laddie of Matrix Chambers gave a talk on Disability Discrimination on 12th December 2011.  You can view his presentation slides in the attached file

Equal Pay

Paul Epstein QC gave a talk on 23 November entitled "Equal Pay".  You can view the presentation slides by clicking on the link below.

Harassment under the Equality Act

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


Lousie Whitfield of Pierce Glynn spoke on the Public Sector Equality Duty and how to bring a Judicial Review for breaches of it