Farore Law has submitted its own response to the UK’s Government’s Consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (available for download from this post). The Consultation seeks to gather evidence about whether the current laws on protecting people from sexual harassment in the workplace are effective.Read More
Suzanne McKie QC was interviewed on BBC News at Six regarding singer Lily Allen, who has publicly stated that her record label has not taken any action after she informed them that she was sexually assaulted by an industry figure.Read More
Farore Law has been cited in an article published by Bloomberg regarding the hundreds of workers who each year file sex discrimination grievances “in return for money – and silence.”
Bloomberg analysed legal judgments available via UK Government’s public Employment Tribunal decisions database  and found that 2,195 sex discrimination cases were dropped before court rulings in the past 2 and a half years, out of 3,585 suits in total. This equates to around 61%. Bloomberg’s analysis of the judgments is backed by the separate Ministry of Justice data, which show that the number of sex discrimination complaints at the Employment Tribunal increased by 69% in the year to March. In contrast, all types of cases increased by 27%. Last year, only 3% of sex discrimination cases made it to a final ruling, of which two-thirds saw the claimant succeed.Read More
Banks could be discouraged from carrying out internal investigations because of controversial limitations on whether or not legal advice can be kept confidential. Some senior judges are now calling for changes to the law, reports Financial News.
It is well-established that advice given by lawyers to their clients is protected by legal privilege. This means that a client cannot be forced to disclose the details of such advice to anybody, including other lawyers or the courts themselves. However, the scope of this rule may be narrowing. Large companies (such as banks) can find themselves being effectively penalised for conducting internal investigations into suspected fraud or wrongdoing that later come to court. This could discourage companies from undertaking such investigations in the first place.Read More
UK-based lawyers and banks are demanding more diversity from the barristers they instruct as they attempt to end panels of “white, middle-aged men” on their high-profile cases, the FT reports.
Institutions including Magic Circle law firms Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy and Freshfields are among those requesting a gender diverse list when appointing legal counsel.Read More