Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)
Catherine Casserley is well known for her expertise in disability discrimination and is regularly instructed by individuals, public authorities and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She is adept at handling all matters involving the Equality Act 2010 and has appeared at various tribunals and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "I have been impressed with her work in relation to various aspects of discrimination law."
Recent work: Acted for Inclusion London and Disability Rights UK as interveners in a judicial review relating to costs protection for non-employment disability discrimination claims.
Employment - London (Bar)
Catherine Casserley is widely recognised as a barrister with significant expertise in equality law, and a particular focus on disability discrimination. She has experience in other aspects of employment law, acting at all levels from tribunal to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "She is really easy to talk to and she knows her stuff: she is always my first port of call."
Recent work: Acted for Jonathon Rackham in his claim that the Judicial Appointments Commission failed to make reasonable adjustment for autistic barristers to be appointed to tribunals.
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Catherine specialises in discrimination, human rights law and employment law. She has particular expertise in disability discrimination (having worked with the Disability Rights Commission) including in complex employment discrimination and public law. She has appeared in ground breaking cases involving discrimination and human rights - including Preddy and Hall v Bull and Bull (sexual orientation and discrimination) Akerman Livingston v Aster Communities (housing, disability, discrimination, human rights) and Paulley v First Buses - all in the Supreme Court. She obtained the first and in some cases only injunctions in non-employment discrimination claims. She has also appeared in transgender and sexual orientation direct discrimination/harassment services claims, as well as advising large national organisations (including sports governing bodies) on transgender and single sex issues. In addition, she has developed expertise in whistleblowing and complex worker contractual claims. Her instructions range from cases involving assisted dying to benefits and education discrimination (both in the FTT and post-16 county court) and juror participation She also advises organisations on strategic litigation and legal policy issues. She is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission's panel of counsel and was involved in drafting the EqA Codes of Practice on Services, guidance on the Public Sector Equality Duty and Education, and on age and services. She has advised and acted in covid related issues and was specialist adviser to the Women and Equality Committee sub inquiry into Covid and disability. Publications include Blackstones on the Equality Act 2010 and Legal Actions' Discrimination in Employment A Claims Handbook