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.

Defining disability: case law and the new Guidance

May 2006

Meeting the definition of disability - the "passport" to being protected by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (the Act) - continues to be the subject of many of the cases heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The Disability Discrimination Act of 2005 amended the definition of disability in December 2005, and new Guidance comes into effect in May regarding definitions of disability, which must be taken into account by courts and tribunals.

Catherine Casserley, Barrister-at-law, Senior Legislation Adviser Disability Rights Commission, presents a paper looking at the caselaw on definition and the new guidance.