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.

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

Equality Act s.60

Caroline Gooding and Bela Gor gave a talk on Thursday 14th April 2011 on s60 of the Equality Act and pre-employment questionnaires - you can find the presentation slides and the scenarios they used attached.

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