Douglas Johnson, a specialist in discrimination law at Sheffield Law Centre, has been highly commended by the Law Centres Network for the test cases he has taken recently to challenge discrimination.
Douglas, nominated by Flora Williams, the Network’s Equality and Diversity Manager, was presented with the award by Law Centres Network's outgoing chair Gillie Sharp at our annual conference in Birmingham on November 29th.
Presenting the certificate to Douglas, Gillie said:”It’s heartwarming to see these successful cases at a time when vulnerable people are attacked on all fronts with welfare reform, reduction in employment rights and the slashing of legal aid.
“Thanks to Douglas’ skills and tenacity, the Royal Bank of Scotland now has full access for wheelchair users; Thomas Cook had to compensate a disabled woman for failing to meet her needs while holidaying abroad; and the Police now have to provide British Sign Language interpreters when dealing with Deaf suspects.
”Despite all the cuts to their funding Sheffield Law Centre is still fighting for the rights of ordinary people and will continue to do so when it merges with Sheffield Citizens Advice on 1st January 2014.”