Archive for the ‘Equality’ Category

March 22, 2012 1

The route to improved gender equality in the boardroom

By Law Think in Equality

Guest blog: Nick Lindsay is Director of Elemental CoSec, a provider of corporate governance and company secretarial services. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as specific advice or acted upon without seeking specific legal advice.  Whilst women have become ever present in the corporate world, there is one [...]

March 12, 2012 Off

A new approach to sexism in the UK, dear?

By Dónal Kearney in Equality

The triumph of Meryl Streep at the 2012 Golden Globes may have seemed predictable to many. This woman from New Jersey has come to dominate the film industry, attracting critical acclaim with every role she accepts. Her working life is regarded as an example of success surpassing almost all of her colleagues, male and female [...]

February 16, 2012 Off

The power of prayer or the power to pray

By David Lawson in Equality, Right to religion

Author: David Lawson is a barrister at Hardwicke and Public Law specialist. He considers the High Court ruling in Bone v. Bideford on the lawfulness of saying formal prayers before council meetings.  Bideford Town Council is a parish council in Devon.  Each month it holds full council meetings in public.  At the start of each [...]

January 4, 2012 Off

Challenging government cuts: library closures

By Leon Glenister in Equality, Judicial Review

Government cuts have led to a flurry of judicial review actions: from challenging court closures, to challenging the restriction of eligibility criteria for care assistance, even to challenging the basis on which public sector pensions are calculated. Just before Christmas the much-publicised library closures issue hit the Court of Appeal in Bailey v Brent [2011] [...]

December 17, 2011 Off

Should marital status determine a parent’s right to adopt?

By Dónal Kearney in Equality

A Belfast court has heard that it is not in a child’s interests to be adopted by gay parents in Northern Ireland. Laws in the rest of the UK facilitate adoption by homosexual individuals, but this right is not granted in Northern Ireland. As per Article 14 of the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987, adoption [...]

December 13, 2011 Off

Equality for the Intern Generation

By Dónal Kearney in Equality

People born within the past thirty years have most likely been told, at least since studying for their GCSEs, that ‘work experience’ is a key factor in their career prospects. Lately, the importance of this extra-curricular activity has grown to an incredible extent as job opportunities diminish and graduates spill into job centres across the UK. For [...]

October 2, 2011 1

Not Rights for Gays; Rights for All!

By Dónal Kearney in Equality

Northern Ireland is a particularly intolerant place. As a by-product of decades of violence and a lack of representative government, concepts such as equality and civil liberty have been bumped to the bottom of the official agenda. Only within the last ten years or so have things slowly progressed – and only very slowly at [...]

April 5, 2011 13

Is Ladies’ Night illegal? Nightclub entry policy and the Equality Act

By Leon Glenister in Equality

Many nightclubs are renowned for their door policy. Door policies can lead to pride (if you meet the standard), worry (will I get in?), or contempt (when you realise you are wearing trainers and are, therefore, deemed the kind of riff-raff the club is trying to steer clear of). It occurred to me today, though, [...]

March 17, 2011 Off

Patmalniece and Lord Walker’s Dissent: does he have a point?

By Yaaser Vanderman in Equality

The Supreme Court has just delivered judgment in the case of Patmalniece (FC) v SoS for Work and Pensions. Mrs Patmalniece, a 72-year-old Latvian, came to court claiming that she was entitled to UK State Pension Credit even though she had never worked in the UK and did not even have the right to reside [...]

January 19, 2011 2

The Hall and Preddy case and the increasingly horizontal nature of rights

By Leon Glenister in Equality, Human Rights Act

The discussion since yesterday on the decision for Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy’s discrimination claim has focussed on discrimination and the hotel owner’s right to religion. It surprises me that no-one has commented as yet on the effects of this type of law which enforces certain standards on individuals and businesses in how they operate. [...]