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.

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

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.