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Father should be allowed to apply for parental responsibility after surrogacy

In the matter of Z (A Child) (No 2) [2016] EWHC 1191 (Fam)

The Court of Protection granted an order for a declaration of incompatibility of a section of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act with the Convention. 

Discrimination, ECHR Art. 8, Family Law

Judgment reserved in Ashers case

On 12th May 2016, the three appeal judges, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan and Lord Justices Weatherup and Weir confirmed that they were reserving their judgment in the case of Lee v McArthur, better known as the Ashers case.

Discrimination, LGBT

Former prisoner judicially reviews dismissal decision

The High Court is hearing a judicial review regarding a groundskeeper who was declared unsuitable for a job he carried out for 18 years following his release from prison.


Domestic Servitude victim awarded damages in UK’s first caste discrimination claim

On 17th September, an Employment Tribunal awarded £184,000 in unpaid wages to an Indian woman of low caste kept in domestic servitude by her UK employers for 4 ½ years. 

Ms Tirkey was recruited from one of India’s poorest states as her employers wanted someone of a low caste who would be ‘…not merely of service but servile’.  Caste is a hereditary division rooted in Hindu society, based on factors such as wealth, rank or occupation. 

Discrimination, Slavery & Human Trafficking

Decision to close elderly care home not unlawful

Karia, R (on the application of) v Leicester City Council (2014) EWHC 3105


Leicester City Council has successfully defended a High Court challenge

brought on behalf of a 101 year old resident over its decision to close her care


The resident is a British Asian woman of Gujarati descent who has lived in

Herrick Lodge care home since 1999.  

The arguments included that the Council had reached its decision without due

regard to the need under the Equality Act 2010 to avoid unlawful

Discrimination, ECHR Art. 8