High Court rules council acted unlawfully in cuts to short break funding – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 28th, 2016 in budgets, charities, children, equality, holidays, local government, news by tracey

‘The High Court has ruled that a local authority acted unlawfully when it reduced funding to voluntary sector organisations that offer short breaks to disabled children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th July 2016

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Chief coroner calls for legal aid provision in state-involved inquests – The Guardian

‘Legal aid should be provided for families at inquests in which the government pays for lawyers to represent police officers or other state employees, the chief coroner has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2016

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Barristers still face flexible working penalty – The Bar Council

‘The Bar Council has launched a new flexible working guide for chambers, which includes proposals for possible rent reductions for those barristers seeking to work reduced hours or away from chambers because of care responsibilities.’

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The Bar Council, 19th July 2016

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Disabled people ‘treated like second-class citizens’ – watchdog – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2016 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, equality, news by tracey

‘People with disabilities are being treated like second class citizens, the UK’s equality watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2016

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Met ‘may be overly targeting BAME youths as gang members’ – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police may be overly targeting black and ethnic minority youths as gang members, resulting in them being treated more harshly by the courts, prisons and justice system, a review has found.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2016

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Two thirds of lesbian and bisexual women experience discrimination at work, research finds – The Independent

‘Two thirds of lesbian and bisexual women have experienced discrimination in the workplace, research has found.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2016

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Bar regulator to address unfair treatment of women at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 14th, 2016 in barristers, equality, press releases, reports, women by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board will be writing to every multi-tenant chambers across the country to seek their help in improving compliance with the Equality Rules, following the BSB’s recent survey of women at the Bar.’

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Bar Standards Board, 12th July 2016

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Supreme Court revamp raises hopes for women – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 13th, 2016 in diversity, equality, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘The Supreme Court is expected to revamp its judicial selection process, which could result in more women filling vacancies.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th July 2016

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Female barristers report high level of sexual harassment at work – The Guardian

‘Female barristers are frequently subject to sexual harassment and discrimination but are reluctant to complain for fear it might damage their careers, research has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2016

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Expanding the Frontiers of Indirect Discrimination: Disadvantage and Associative Discrimination – Littleton Chambers

Posted July 12th, 2016 in appeals, EC law, employment, employment tribunals, equality, judgments, news by sally

‘This paper address recent developments where the courts have considered the fundamental concepts of discrimination law and, the case law has both expanded the frontiers of discrimination whilst at the same time created some difficult hurdles for Claimants. The issues can best be considered by way of a factual example, which is set out below, and which will be considered at each stage of the paper.’

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Littleton Chambers, 7th June 2016

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Government to review 2004 Gender Recognition Act – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2016 in equality, gender, legislation, news by sally

‘Legal processes for registering a change of gender are to be overhauled to make them less distressing for transgender people.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2016

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Support for women at the Bar is there when they need it – The Bar Council

Posted July 1st, 2016 in barristers, diversity, equality, press releases, women by tracey

‘Over the last few years, the Bar Council has rolled out a number of initiatives aimed at improving equal opportunities for members of the Bar.’

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The Bar Council, 30th June 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Councils defeat judicial review challenge to motions on Israeli settlements – Local Government Lawyer

‘Three councils have successfully defended a High Court judicial review challenge brought by Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) over motions passed in relation to the authorities’ business dealings and Israeli settlements.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th June 2016

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Airlines criticised over payouts for damaged wheelchairs – The Guardian

Posted June 14th, 2016 in airlines, compensation, damages, disabled persons, equality, news by sally

‘Britain’s equality watchdog has criticised British airlines and British Airways (BA) in particular – for their treatment of disabled customers as legal action is taken by an actor over alleged damage to her wheelchair.’

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The Guardian. 13th June 2016

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Filling the void: the Brexit effect on employment law – OUP Blog

‘Having been cast as unnecessary “red tape”, a burden on business, inflexible, uncompetitive and inefficient, it is widely assumed that a sizeable number of domestic employment laws derived from European Law will be in the firing line in the event of a Brexit. In a well-publicised written opinion produced for the TUC, the leading labour law barrister, Michael Ford QC, has provided some support for this assumption. He noted the vulnerability of these EU-derived employment rights and labour laws, and divided and categorised them according to whether a future UK government would be likely to repeal, dilute or preserve them. In this blog, I will probe what might fill any void created by the removal of employment rights rooted in EU law. Surprisingly, the common law would appear to have as significant a role to play as domestic legislation in this context. The potential involvement of the common law is somewhat paradoxical, particularly in light of its perceived ‘undemocratic’ credentials, it being a source of law crafted incrementally by unelected judges.’

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OUP Blog, 7th June 2016

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Record low UK crime rate is ‘only benefiting the wealthy’, new survey shows – The Independent

Posted June 7th, 2016 in crime, equality, news by tracey

‘New research suggests people living in well off areas have been the main beneficiaries of Britain’s falling crime rate – while those living in poorer parts of the country have seen far smaller reductions.’

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The Independent, 6th June 2016

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White lawyers three times more likely to be appointed as recorders – The Guardian

Posted June 3rd, 2016 in diversity, equality, judiciary, news, statistics by sally

‘White applicants are three times more likely to be appointed as recorders than lawyers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, according to the Bar Council.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2016

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Senior EU lawyer backs workplace ban on Muslim headscarves – The Guardian

‘Companies should be free to ban Muslim women from wearing headscarves at work if they have a general policy barring all religious and political symbols, a senior EU lawyer has said.’

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The Guardian, 31st May 2016

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Bereavement damages: Unmarried Chorley woman’s legal fight – BBC News

‘A woman is taking the government to court for breaching her human rights in denying her bereavement damages after her partner died.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2016

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Aspects of the Tribunal’s decision in the Beis Aharon Trust case relating to religious rights – Education Law Blog

Posted May 20th, 2016 in education, equality, human rights, Judaism, news, school children, standards by tracey

‘For those, like me, who keep a close eye on the development of the law on religious rights and freedoms, the decision of the First-Tier Tribunal in Beis Aharon Trust v Secretary of State for Education is certainly eye-catching.’

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Education Law Blog, 19th May 2016

Source: www.education11kbw.com

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