ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Tuesday 27 April - nominations to the Executive Committee + Guest Speaker Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC


The DLA AGM will take place on
Tuesday 27th April 2021 beginning at 6:00pm.
The meeting will take place online only (via zoom)

This event will be live-captioned - we are very grateful to Edwards Duthie Shamash for its generous support in making this possible.


Please RSVP to [email protected].  Non-members are welcome to attend this event but only DLA members will be eligible to vote (NB one vote only per membership).  If you require any reasonable adjustments to be made for this meeting, for example information in large / different format, please contact our Administrator, Chris Atkinson ([email protected]).

Guest speaker

We are very pleased to announce that our guest speaker this year will be Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC of Doughty Street Chambers who will be addressing the subject of anti-Irish discrimination in the UK, with particular focus on the Margaret Keane case.

Nominations to the Executive Committee:

At the AGM, the Executive Committee, who will serve for the next term (approximately 12 months), will be appointed.  The Executive Committee consists of the Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and up to 12 further members (described as Director / Trustee).

The DLA encourages all members who are willing and able to undertake the work of the DLA committee as described below, attend regular meetings once a month (subject to professional conflicts) and to undertake important legal and fiduciary duties in relation to their role as a trustee, to consider standing.  Those eligible to stand for the Executive Committee include Legal Advisers in the Not for Profit and Trade Union Sector, Solicitors, Barristers, Academics, and members who have undertaken strategic litigation in the Courts and Tribunals, which have shaped Discrimination Law.  Applications are encouraged from BAME and disabled applicants.  If you have any queries about standing, please contact the Committee.

Trustees will serve for 12 months in the dual role:

1.   As trustees, to undertake the fiduciary duties as required from a charity and limited company.  General guidance can be found here.

2.   As members of the executive committee, to run the charity on a day-to-day basis, contributing to the DLA’s publications, conference planning and organisation of events for members.

Activities that EC members are regularly involved in include:

  • attending a meeting of the EC (usually once a month) as well as the annual Conference
  • working on a programme of speakers for PGMs, our annual conferences, and debates
  • contributing to Briefings, our thrice-yearly publication
  • drafting consultation responses
  • helping with our website and social media
  • formulating DLA policy, including taking views from the membership

Meetings are currently via zoom only but if travel is required on behalf of the EC, reasonable travel expenses will be provided. This includes appropriate transport costs.  Our aim is that no individual is barred by cost from contributing to our work, by socio-economic status, disability or otherwise.

Finally, it is worth remembering that although you can ask another member to nominate you, by far the most common procedure is for people to nominate themselves - don’t be shy!  If you are nominating someone else, please ensure that the person being nominated consents.

The deadline for receiving nominations is Tuesday 20th April 2021.  This deadline cannot be extended as a reasonable amount of time is required for administrative arrangements before the AGM.

Nominations by email to [email protected] will be accepted provided a signed hardcopy is subsequently received by post by Friday, 23rd April 2021 at the DLA office (please note address: PO Box 63576, London N6 9BB).  The nomination form can be found attached here (in MS Word format - entries can be typed into the form fields by computer or written longhand on a printout of the form - please contact the DLA office if you are unable to open this file.).

If the number of valid nominations received is not greater than the number of vacancies to be filled, the persons nominated will be declared to be appointed at the AGM.  If the number of valid nominations received is greater than the number of vacancies, an election will be held (via zoom).

Motions to be considered at the AGM

Members can also propose motions at the AGM provided they serve adequate notice on the administrator, and at all events not later than 6:00pm on Friday 23rd April 2021.  Please send any motions to the DLA Administrator - [email protected].

Date and time: 
27 April 2021 6:00pm