September 2019
Network Event
26 February 2020 - 26 February 2020
Discrimination Training: Non-Employment Cases and the Equality Act


Full Day training on using the Equality Act in non-employment discrimination cases. 

The morning will focus on the law itself, looking at services/functions and (post-16) education and how the provisions work (particularly disability discrimination - with caselaw update - looking at settled cases as well as those that have gone to court). Participants will also be provided with the perspective of how cases are run in a Law Centre.

The afternoon part of the training is practical - identifying cases and appropriate routes for challenge (e.g. with public function cases, county court or jr); how to identify the types of discrimination to run with; what remedy; process in the county court; part 36 offers of settlement; mediation. 


 Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 


Full agenda for the day:


Welcome and introductions


The EqA and goods facilities and services – overview and direct and indirect discrim


Case study – work in groups and feedback




Disability discrimination – including reasonable adjustments


Case study – work in groups and feedback




Public functions, equality duties and the human rights act


case study




Identifying your case; lbc; preliminaries; drafting pleadings ; funding


Defence, further information, allocation, hearing


Mediation, Settlement, FAQ



The Trainers: 

Catherine Casserley specialises in discrimination and equality, employment and human rights law. She has particular expertise in the Equality Act 2010 and its predecessor legislation. She returned to full-time practice at the Bar in October 2007 from a period as Senior Legal Adviser with the Disability Rights Commission ("DRC"). She is well known for her expert advisory and litigation work in non-employment discrimination, spanning retail, transport (see Paulley) sports (recently instructed in a case against a major national sports body), education and housing, and has been instructed in nearly all the reported cases in these areas. She has obtained injunctive relief in a number of discrimination cases, both services and education. 

 Nick Whittingham is the Cheif Executive of Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre. He ran Kirklees Law Centre from its formation in 2005 and now leads the merged organisation. Nick has been involved in a range of projects promoting Equalities advice, and maintains a small caseload of pro-bono equalities work.


Cancellation Policy

Payments will be refunded if the LCN is notified of the cancellation 7 clear days in advance of the training event. If cancellation is made within 7 days of the training event, the payment will not be refunded. Non - attenders will not be refunded.

On occasion, LCN may need to cancel a course due to extenuating circumstances. The decision to cancel a training course is at the discretion of the Director. All delegates will be notified by e-mail. LCN will refund the course fees or offer a place at an alternative training event.  LCN will not be liable for any costs incurred by an individual or organisation eg travel expenses, for a cancelled course.