Gay priest Jeremy Pemberton’s discrimination appeal dismissed – BBC News

‘A gay clergyman stopped from becoming a hospital chaplain has lost his appeal over a discrimination claim against the Church of England.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2018

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BSB leads debate about race equality at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 15th, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report of the event it hosted last month to consider how to improve race equality at the Bar.’

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Bar Standards Board, 15th March 2018

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violence Women’s rights and gender equality ‘Glib’: UK criticised for failing to give to fund for survivors of UN sexual abuse – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2018 in compensation, equality, news, sexual offences, United Nations, victims by sally

‘The UK government has come under fire from victims’ groups for failing to contribute to a UN fund for survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations staff.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

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Big gap between male and female lawyers in perception of gender equality progress, Law Society finds – Legal Futures

Posted March 8th, 2018 in equality, flexible working, legal profession, news, solicitors, women by tracey

‘Three-quarters (74%) of male lawyers believe there has been progress on gender equality in the legal profession over the past five years but less than half (48%) of their female colleagues agree, a global survey has found.’

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Legal Futures, 8th March 2018

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New edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book launched – Courts and tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in equality, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘The Equal Treatment Bench Book has been updated, expanded and improved. It aims to increase awareness and understanding of the different circumstances of people appearing in courts and tribunals. It helps enable effective communication and suggests steps which should increase participation by all parties.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 28th February 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Judges told to limit observers if witness has to remove veil – The Guardian

‘Judges should restrict the number of observers allowed into court when defendants or witnesses are compelled to remove their veil to give evidence, new guidance to judges recommends.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2018

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Government failure on discrimination and education law services – Legal Action

Posted February 14th, 2018 in education, equality, legal aid, news, public procurement by michael

“It’s not difficult to imagine what would happen if the government announced that it could not guarantee services for, say, something like diabetes. There would be an outcry, ministers would be hauled before parliament to answer questions and would face being skewered on Newsnight. And quite rightly so. In contrast, though, the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) announced this week that it is abandoning the procurement process for education and discrimination law advice, leaving a question mark over the continued provision of these services. So far there has been little or no furore over this decision.”

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Legal Action, February 2018

Source: www.lag.org.uk

Five “Highly Pertinent” Questions: Discrimination, Contact and the Family Court following Re M (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 2164 – Family Law Week

Posted February 7th, 2018 in contact orders, equality, human rights, news, transsexuals by tracey

‘Hassan Khan and Charlotte Baker, barristers at 4 Paper Buildings, present a framework for approaching cases where issues of human rights and discrimination arise in contact cases.’

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Family Law Week, 6th February 2018

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Civil partnerships: Couples tell us why they want one – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2018 in civil partnerships, equality, marriage, news by sally

‘Heterosexual couples might be able to access civil partnerships, as the government reviews the law that currently only applies to homosexual couples.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2018

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Case brought against ‘Little Mix’ promoter puts discrimination laws in the spotlight, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 26th, 2018 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, equality, media, news by sally

‘A legal case brought against the promoters of a concert for one of the UK’s most popular bands highlights the risks to businesses if they do not make their services accessible to all.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th January 2018

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BSB to consider whether chambers need ‘work allocation officers’ to ensure equality – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to consider requiring that chambers have a ‘work allocation officer’ as part of its Women at the Bar equality project, it emerged yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 26th January 2018

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Deaf mum sues Little Mix promoter in sign language row – BBC News

Posted January 24th, 2018 in disabled persons, equality, media, news by tracey

‘Deaf mum sues Little Mix promoter in sign language row.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2018

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‘I began my career as a single mum’: female QCs changing the face of law – The Guadian

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Just 32 women are among this year’s 119 new QCs, but they hope their success will inspire others.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2018

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Michal Hain: Past is Prologue – The Role of History in the Law of Equality – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 9th, 2018 in appeals, civil partnerships, equality, marriage, news by sally

‘The legal institution whereby couples express their mutual commitment, which is recognised, protected and regulated by the state – marriage – touches the most intimate parts of people’s lives. Its recent transformation raised profound questions of personal morality, human dignity, and religious doctrine. As the tide of public opinion turned, Parliament repealed section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 (which had prohibited the “promot[ion] of homosexuality” and the “teaching in any maintained school the acceptability of homosexuality”) in 2003, passed the Civil Partnerships Act the following year, and enacted the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in 2013. The result is that same-sex couples can currently choose between entering a civil partnership or marriage, whereas different-sex couples cannot.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 9th January 2018

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Brexit Custom Laws Could ‘Slash Human Rights’ – Rights Info

‘New trade laws, which could allow ministers to water down or repeal equality laws altogether, are being debated in the House of Commons today.’

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Rights Info, 8th January 2018

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QC appointments remain male dominated, but women who apply more likely to succeed – Litigation Futures

Posted January 4th, 2018 in barristers, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Only 18% of applicants for silk this year were women, but they were far more likely to be appointed than men, it has emerged as 119 new QCs were named today.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st December 2017

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Revealed: White students twice as likely as black counterparts to pass LPC – Legal Futures

‘Students from white backgrounds are almost twice as likely as those from black backgrounds to pass the legal practice course (LPC), a report by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 4th January 2018

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‘Race bias’ in justice system: Government to unveil action – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2017 in criminal justice, diversity, equality, judiciary, news, racism, reports by sally

‘The justice secretary has pledged to implement a “key principle” of “change or explain” when racial discrimination is found in the justice system.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2017

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BME graduates “half as likely” to obtain pupillages as white peers – Legal Futures

Posted December 12th, 2017 in equality, news, pupillage, race discrimination, reports by sally

‘Graduates from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds are half as likely to obtain pupillages as their white peers, research for the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 12th December 2017

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Court of Appeal rules that claimants do bear an initial burden of proof under the Equality Act 2010 – Employment Blog

Posted November 28th, 2017 in appeals, burden of proof, employment, employment tribunals, equality, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that claimants still bear an initial burden of proof under the Equality Act 2010 (“EA 2010”), despite the change in wording in s. 136 as compared with the pre-EA legislation. In coming to this conclusion, the Court ruled that the interpretation placed on that section by the EAT in Efobi v Royal Mail Group Limited (UKEAT/0203/16, 10 August 2017) was wrong, and should not be followed.The Court also considered the distinction between matters of fact and explanation for the purposes of applying s. 136 EA 2010.’

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Employment Blog, 27th November 2017

Source: employment11kbw.com