Access to justice

Third-party harassment/wider recommendations/questionnaire procedure

The government continues to chip away at the Equality Act in the name of "business efficiency".  The DLA has submitted three separate responses to government consultations on proposals to repeal specific provisions of the Act:

  • employer liability for harassment of employees by third parties
  • employment tribunals' power to make wider recommendations in discrimination cases
  • procedures for obtaining information (questionnaires): section 138 Equality Act 2010

You can view the details of the consultation documents on the GEO website here:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/equality-act-wider-enforcement/
www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/third-party-harassment/

and the DLA responses in the attached files 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.

Briefing for HoC Public Bill Cttee on Legal Aid Bill

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill was given its second reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday 29 June. The Bill passed with a vote (Ayes 295; Noes 212) and will now be considered by a Public Bill Committee who have made a call for written evidence. The DLA has submitted its own Briefing to the Committee which you can read in the attachment.

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.

DLA response to MoJ Consultation on Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England & Wales

The DLA considers that the legal reforms will have a significant impact on access to justice for people of this country who lack the financial means to access the legal services they need to protect and enforce their rights

GEO consultation on Questionnaire Procedure

The DLA comments upon the GEO's proposed guidance and form.

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. 

BACKLASH IN THE HIGHER COURTS?

Should we be optomistic about the higher courts protecting progress or are they undermining the principles of discrimination law?

“BACKLASH? ARE THE HIGHER COURTS UNDERMINING

 

Should we be optimistic about the Higher Courts and see them as the protectors of progress?

Legal Complaints Service: The publication of solicitors complaints records

This is a response to the Legal Complaints Service's consultation. While the DLA broadly welcomes the proposal for the publication of solicitor's legal complaints records, it has a number of recommendations that would further improve clients' access to redress in the event of discrimination by their solicitor, and ensure also that BME solicitors are not disproportionately affected by the new measures.

April 2008

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