Case Blog

UK Supreme Court rejects appeal from Pimlico Plumbers in landmark gig economy case

Employment Law

Pregnancy-related sex discrimination case settles

A local woman has been paid £25,000 in settlement of her sex-discrimination claim against her former employer, Intern Europe Ltd, a Belfast-based company.


High Court rejects incinerator plan

The High Court has ruled that a planning application for an incinerator in Mallusk, County Antrim, should not proceed. 

Local Developments

Disclosure of criminal records not required in some cases

R (QSA and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Dept and Secretary of State for Justice [2018] EWHC 407 (Admin)

The High Court of England and Wales has found that the law forcing three former prostitutes to reveal their past convictions violates the right to a private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Enhanced Criminal Records Checks

Gay hospital chaplain loses discrimination case against Church of England

A gay clergyman who was prevented by the Church of England from taking up a job in the NHS as a hospital chaplain has lost his discrimination appeal claim.

Canon Pemberton, a Church of England priest for more than 30 years, had his permission to officiate revoked after he married his partner in 2014.  This left him unable to take up a job offer as a hospital chaplain.  The Church of England allows priests to be in gay relationships and civil partnerships as long as the relationship is celibate, but they are forbidden from marrying their partners.