Equality Act 2010 and Disability Discrimination

August 29th


Equality Act 2010 and Disability Discrimination

August 29th

2 - 5pm

Speakers: Stephen Miller; Robert King

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£135+VAT (Member price)

3hrs CPD

It has been estimated that 30% of adult Scots qualify as disabled as defined in the Equality Act 2010.

This course will examine the claim types available to the disabled litigant in the Employment Tribunal and the Sheriff Court ranging from the conventional direct and indirect claim types to the disabled-specific heads: discrimination arising from disability, and failure to make reasonable adjustments.

This multiplicity of claim types, some of which can overlap, can create difficulties for claimant advisers in making sure claims are properly classified, and respondent advisers in understanding which defences can be utilised.

This course will examine the ingredients, and offer advice on the paradigm application of each claim type based on current case-law.

Robert qualified as a solicitor in 1988. Between 1992 and 2006 he was employed by BT's in house legal team in Glasgow where he was responsible for all of BT’s Scottish litigation as well as its Employment Tribunal work in Scotland and the north of England. Although dealing with a broad range of work he developed a particular specialism in employment law; conducting the advocacy in numerous Tribunal hearings throughout the UK as well as taking several cases to the EAT.

Robert specialises in contentious employment law and continues to appear regularly in the Employment Tribunal.  He has considerable experience of dealing with cases involving unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract and employment status.

He also provides advisory support and training on the full range of employment related HR and ER issues that SPT will regularly face.

Having spent most of his career representing large multi faceted and high profile organisations, both private and public, he has considerable experience in handling the legal affairs of such bodies with the attendant reputational issues that often accompany them.

Robert has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Employment Law since 2009 and as a Specialist in Discrimination Law since 2015. In July 2013 he qualified as a Solicitor Advocate with extended civil rights of audience. He is also dual qualified and admitted as a solicitor by the SRA for England and Wales. He is a regular speaker and trainer on employment law matters at client events.

The event begins at 2pm. Delegate registration is open from 1:30pm.

Stephen is listed in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leading individual in two categories, Employment and Sport. Stephen represents some of Scotland's largest employers and has a large Public Sector and Further Education practice. He is also the Law Society of Scotland representative on the national Employment Tribunal Service Users Group, and a Committee member of the Employment Law Group.

In ranking him in its top band of specialists, Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession describes Stephen as having "a good balance between knowing the law and presenting it in a sound and not over-stated way" as well as being "able and well-prepared" and "a leading player" in relation to his employment law expertise. As well as advising on the full range of employment issues, Stephen has particular expertise in dealing with discrimination matters for local authorities and education establishments.

In January 2005, Stephen was appointed as an SFA Independent Legal Chairman.