Discrimination Law in 2018

presented by Michael Rubenstein Conferences Ltd

The authoritative review of the most dynamic area of employment law


Devised and chaired by Michael Rubenstein. Join Michael and six of Britain’s leading discrimination law experts for a very special and exciting day.


Friday 26 January 2018

Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Conference devised and chaired by Michael Rubenstein


£449 + VAT – Including comprehensive documentation.



For more information, contact geoffrey@rubensteinpublishing.com

Dear Colleague,

For more than 20 years, I have organised with the Trades Union Congress an annual updating conference on key issues in discrimination law. For many years, this was in association with Equal Opportunities Review. It is now presented by Michael Rubenstein Conferences Ltd.

This unique conference is now open to discrimination lawyers, Government officials, equality and diversity specialists and others interested in attending the most authoritative review available of recent discrimination legislation and case law.

Discrimination continues to be the most dynamic part of our employment law. Each month brings new developments of practical importance for policies and procedures. No one who advises on employment law or equal opportunities can afford not to keep abreast of these vital changes and their implications for compliance.

Join me and six of Britain’s leading discrimination law experts for a very special and exciting day. There will be comprehensive documentation for you to take away and refer to over the coming months.

I look forward to welcoming you in January 2018.

Best wishes,


Note: representatives of TUC-affiliated organisations, local CABx, law centres and other voluntary organisations should book in the usual way through the TUC Equal Rights Department, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS (020 7636 4030) and through affiliated unions.

8:45 Registration & Coffee
9:25   Welcome

Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

9:45 Discrimination Law in 2018

Keynote address by Her Honour Judge Jennifer Eady QC

Senior Judge, Employment Appeal Tribunal

10:30 Sex and Race Discrimination: Recent Case Law

  • The Supreme Court’s decision on employment tribunal fees and its implications
  • Direct discrimination burden of proof: Efobi v Royal Mail Group
  • Proving disparate impact: The Supreme Court’s decision in Essop and Naeem
  • Indirect discrimination in the CJEU – Jyske Finans

Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers

11:10 Coffee
11:30    Disability Discrimination: Recent Developments

  • Who is disabled? Taylor v Ladbrokes Betting and Gaming Ltd
  • Discrimination arising from disability: Court of Appeal decisions in O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy and Williams v Swansea University Pension & Assurance Scheme
  • The reasonable adjustment duty: implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in FirstGroup v Paulley
  • Disability-related harassment

Sean Jones QC, 11 KBW Chambers

12:10 Panel discussion: Your chance to put your questions to the morning’s speakers
12:30 Lunch
13:30    Pregnancy, Maternity and Parental Rights 

  • Pregnancy and health and safety: the Otero Ramos case
  • Pregnancy and redundancy: the Guisado case
  • Shared parental leave where the law now stands
  • Employment rights of foster carers

Rachel Crasnow QC, Cloisters Chambers

14:10   Discrimination Because of Religion or Belief and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

  • Dress and appearance rules: Implications of CJEU decisions on Islamic headscarves
  • The “gay cakes” case in the Supreme Court
  • Sexual orientation discrimination: latest decisions
  • Retrospectivity of survivors’ benefits for same-sex couples

Robin Allen QC, Cloisters Chambers

14:50 Tea
15:05  Equal Pay and Age Discrimination 

  • Gender pay gap reporting: how the law is working
  • Equal pay claims against supermarkets: recent case law
  • Interpreting the job evaluation defence: Armstrong v Glasgow City Council
  • Age discrimination: latest decisions from the Court of Justice

Rebecca Tuck, Old Square Chambers

15:45  Panel discussion: Your chance to put your questions to the afternoon’s speakers
16:05 Close of Conference