Exclusive: “The impact has been devastating but I have to stand up to discrimination,” says barrister suing BSB – Legal Futures

‘The barrister who won the first stage of her battle with the Bar Standards Board (BSB) at the Supreme Court last week said the impact of almost five years of litigation had been “completely devastating” for her law firm.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2017

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£14,000 damages for police discrimination – UK Police Law Blog

Posted December 12th, 2017 in appeals, damages, news, police, race discrimination by sally

‘The case of Durrant v Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary [2017] EWCA Civ 1808, which arose out of the arrest of Ms Durrant on 13 June 2009, seems finally to have come to a conclusion, after three visits to the Court of Appeal. It is worth reading for its discussion on the award of damages for injury to “loss of feelings” where the police have racially discriminated against a person whom they have arrested and when aggravated and/or exemplary damages will be awarded.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 11th 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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New research published to help inform Future Bar Training decisions – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 11th, 2017 in barristers, diversity, legal education, news, pupillage, race discrimination, reports by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published two new pieces of research that are intended to provide a qualitative and quantitative evidence base to inform its current decision-making about the future training of barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 11th December 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Essop & Naeem in the Supreme Court: giving answers and provoking new questions in indirect discrimination – Cloisters

‘This summer’s Supreme Court decision in Essop reinstated the established postition in indirect discrimination cases – that there is no requirement for a claimant to establish the reason for disadvantage arising from the provision, criterion or practice in question.’

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Cloisters, 6th December 2017

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Supreme Court go-ahead for barrister’s race claim against regulator – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A practising barrister who alleges that her regulator discriminated against her on grounds of her race in bringing disciplinary proceedings has won the backing of the UK’s highest court. In O’Connor v Bar Standards Board, five Supreme Court justices unanimously granted Daphne Evadney Portia O’Connor’s appeal against a Bar Standards Board decision to strike out a claim that the BSB had acted unlawfully in charging her with professional misconduct.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th December 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Michalak v General Medical Council – Blackstone Chambers

‘The Supreme Court has decided that a doctor is not prevented from suing the GMC in the Employment Tribunal (“ET”) under the Equality Act 2010 (“2010 Act”) by the availability of judicial review.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 1st November 2017

Source: www.blackstonechambers.com

Landlady who repeatedly told Irish traveller she would not serve him must pay £1,500 in damages – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 21st, 2017 in costs, damages, gipsies, news, race discrimination by sally

‘A pub landlady has been ordered to pay an Irish traveller £1,500 in damages after agreeing she was refusing to serve him because of his background, having been asked the question 18 times.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th November 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Landlord’s ‘curry smell’ letting ban unlawful – BBC News

‘A buy-to-let tycoon who banned Indian and Pakistani tenants “because of the curry smell” has been ordered to ditch the policy.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Employee wins partial victory on harassment in pot plant case – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Westminster City Council employee has won a partial victory at an employment tribunal in a case that arose over a disputed pot plant.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th November 2017

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‘No coloureds’ landlord taken to court by UK equality watchdog – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2017 in equality, injunctions, landlord & tenant, news, race discrimination by tracey

‘The UK equality watchdog is seeking an injuction against buy-to-let mogul Fergus Wilson after he told his letting agent to ban “coloured” tenants because they left curry smells in his properties.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Police custody deaths in UK ‘should be treated like murder inquiry’ – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2017 in complaints, death in custody, London, news, police, race discrimination, reports by sally

‘Deaths in custody should be investigated with the same urgency as murder inquiries, says a long-awaited report that aims to restore trust in the police.’

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The Guardian, 28th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Stop and search eight times more likely to target black people – The Guardian

‘The racial gap in the use of stop and search by police has grown in the past year, leaving black people eight times more likely to be targeted by officers than white people.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

A Guide to using Statistics in Employment and Equality Litigation – Cloisters

‘Numbers can be anathema to many lawyers. Yet statistics are a useful weapon in the litigation armoury. This week the Government released its Race Disparity Audit which provides a wealth of such statistics and is a timely reminder of the role that they can play in litigation. Tom Gillie discusses three recent examples of how statistics can be used to advance successful arguments in employment litigation and broader equality context, for example, in relation to the provision of goods, facilities and services.’

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Cloisters, 12th October 2017

Source: www.cloisters.com

Black and Muslim prisoners suffer worse treatment, study finds – The Guardian

‘Black and Muslim offenders are more likely to be badly treated in prison, leading to poorer outcomes and mental health concerns, research has found.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Black or Muslim inmates twice as likely to have negative experiences in prison, report finds – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2017 in equality, news, prisons, race discrimination, racism, reports by tracey

‘Black and Muslim prisoners are twice as likely to have negative experiences in jail than white inmates – with the figure nearly four times as high for black Muslims – new research has revealed.’

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The Independent, 19th October 2017

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Ofcom clears al-Jazeera of antisemitism in exposé of Israeli official – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2017 in media, news, race discrimination by sally

‘Ofcom has cleared al-Jazeera of antisemitism and breaching impartiality rules over an undercover investigation that caught an Israeli embassy official plotting to “take down” British MPs regarded as hostile towards Israel.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2017

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Audit lays bare racial disparities in UK schools, courts and workplaces – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2017 in crime, education, imprisonment, news, race discrimination, reports, statistics by sally

‘White teenagers are far more likely to smoke than their minority ethnic counterparts, Roma children are falling well behind their peers at school and black men face the highest likelihood of being found guilty in court.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

One in five stopped by immigration enforcement is a UK citizen, figures show – The Guardian

‘One in five people stopped by immigration enforcement teams in Britain’s biggest cities is a UK national, according to newly revealed figures that critics say cast doubt on official claims that such stops are “intelligence-led”.’

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The Guardian, 8th October 2017

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Lammy review: final report – Official Publications

Posted September 8th, 2017 in bias, criminal justice, minorities, prosecutions, race discrimination, reports by tracey

‘An independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system.’

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Official Publications, 8th September 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications