New Lawyer Referrals Helpline Launched

Monday, October 8th 2012

The Equality and Human Right Commission has launched a new Lawyers Referrals Helpline. This service will enable legal advisers and representatives to get rapid advice about referring legal cases to the Commission.

Solicitors, barristers and advisers will now be able to call the Commission’s legal team directly to discuss whether the issues in a case might fall within the Commission's strategic priorities and, if so, how to request the Commission’s involvement.

The new service encourages calls from solicitors, barristers and others who are involved in cases that explore policies or practices which lead to widespread or serious breaches of equality laws or the Human Rights Act.

Experienced legal staff will be able to discuss whether a particular case or issue might be one that we are interested in becoming involved in using our powers under sections 28 or 30 of the Equality Act 2006. They will also answer any questions you may have about how to request legal assistance or an intervention from the Commission if you do have a case that might fit within our strategic priorities. Even if unable to assist or intervene in a particular case, the helpline will use all the information gathered to inform EHRC's future priorities for litigation and enforcement work.

This service is being made available exclusively to professional advisers and representatives. The telephone number for the Lawyers' Referrals Helpline in England is 0161 829 8407.

The service is available initially on a three-month trial each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10am and 1pm. Outside of these hours, callers will be invited to leave a message requesting a call back.

For more details, please see: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/legal-and-policy/strategic-human-rights-and-equality-litigation/.