An online programme of seminars and discussion exploring the impact of legal protections and asking: what limits the law in tackling systemic discrimination?

Programme includes:
Tackling Systemic Discrimination – A Public Health Approach : Challenging discriminatory allocation of resources : Protecting equality during a national crisis : Evidencing systemic discrimination : Algorithmic and data discrimination : Funding discrimination challenges : Gender recognition cases : The changing role of the Equality Act following the COVID-19 crisis

All sessions will be recorded and made available to ticket holders. Very discounted tickets are available (see below programme). Please note the programme is still developing and more content will be added.

We are providing caption / STTR (Speech to Text Reporting) for the whole of the event to facilitate access.  A link to a separate feed for this will be sent out to all participants.  This is using the 1CapApp, which requires no special installation, it just runs in a browser window.

Monday 20th July 10.00
Jo Hickman, Director of PLP, introduces the week and our first event:
Michael Etienne in conversation with Marcia Willis Stewart QC (Hon)

Followed by (after a short break)
Monday 20th July, 11:00 – 12:30: The changing role of the Equality Act following the COVID-19 crisis 

  • Tor Butler-Cole QC, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Catherine Casserley, Cloisters Chambers

Tuesday 21st July, 11:00 – 12:30: Key principles of public law discrimination claims and top 10 recent cases

  • Nathan Roberts, Matrix Chambers
  • Ollie Persey, Public Law Project
  • Robyn Taylor, Deighton Pierce Glynn

Tuesday 21st July, 15:00 – 16:45: Digital exclusion and making day-to-day life accessible

  • Chris Fry, FryLaw
  • Svetlana Kotova, InclusionLondon
  • Polly Sweeney, Rook Irwin Sweeney
  • Robyn Taylor, Deighton Pierce Glynn

Wednesday 22nd July, 11:00 – 12:30: Funding discrimination challenges

  • Esther Leighton, Inner Temple PASS Scholar, disability campaigner and litigant
  • Angharad Price, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Katy Watts, Public Law Project

Wednesday 22nd July, 15:00 – 16:30: Gender recognition cases

  • Sarah Hannett, Matrix Chambers
  • Claire McCann, Cloisters Chambers

The Equality Quiz – Timing to be confirmed
Your chance to win BIG PRIZES and have some equality fun at home.  We are just confirming timings, but will be lunchtime or evening.

Thursday 23rd July, 11:00 – 12:30: Challenging discriminatory allocation of resources

  • Steve Broach, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Rebekah Carrier, Hopkin Murray Beskine

Thursday 23rd July, 15:00 – 16:30: Algorithmic and data discrimination

  • CHAIR: Jack Maxwell, PLP
  • Cori Crider, Foxglove
  • Schona Jolly QC, Cloisters Chambers
  • Amanda Weston QC, Garden Court Chambers

Friday 24th July, 11:00 – 12:30: Evidencing systemic discrimination

  • Shu Shin Luh, Garden Court Chambers
  • Chai Patel, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
  • Adam Straw, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Harriet Wistrich, Centre for Women’s Justice

Followed at 12.30 by keynote address: Prof Iyiola Solanke
Tackling Systemic Discrimination – A Public Health Approach

Monday 27th July, 11:00 – 12:30: Protecting equality during a national crisis 

  • Natalie Byrom, The Legal Education Foundation
  • The Rt Hon David Lammy MP
  • Danielle Manson, Garden Court Chambers (tbc)
  • Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers
  • Louise Whitfield, Liberty


  • Full price: £95 + VAT
  • Discounted tickets (for NGOs/charities, trainee solicitors and pupil barristers, advisers): £75 + VAT
  • Trainee/post LASPO (lawyers within 5 years PQE)): £30 + VAT (limited run of 30)
  • Student ticket: £10 + VAT (limited run of 20)


All sessions will be recorded and made available to ticket holders.

If you have any questions about ticketing or the programme, please email the Events team.

We are sorry to say that due to administrative capacity restrictions we have had to restrict numbers of student tickets.  Please email the Events team using a valid university email address to apply for one.

All bookings are processed manually by our Events Team. Please allow up to 1 business day to receive confirmation of your booking.

This event will be run via WebEx.

This event is presented with the kind support of:


20 July 2020 - 27 July 2020
12:00 am

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Standard Ticket

Price: £95.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £95.00

Discount Ticket

Price: £75.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £75.00

Trainee / post LASPO Ticket

Price: £30.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £30.00

Student ticket

Price: £10.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £10.00

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