We are experts in advising on disability discrimination. We have a specialist team of employment
lawyers who represent individuals who have suffered disability discrimination at work and our expert human rights
solicitors have unrivalled experience in bringing disability discrimination claims in many other areas of life.
It is unlawful for an employer or service provider, such as a shop, transport company or healthcare provider, to treat someone less favourably because of a disability or because of something arising as a result of his or her disability. Employers and service providers also have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to make sure that a disabled person has the same access to everything that is involved in doing and keeping a job or using a service as a non-disabled person.
We help clients who are seeking compensation from their employers or from service providers who have discriminated against them and to bring about an end to unfair practices. We work closely with colleagues in our personal injury and clinical negligence teams who represent clients who have suffered life-changing injuries which mean they have to cope with a disability. Often they face discrimination when they try to return to work, and our employment lawyers can advise such clients of their rights, and their employer’s obligations in such circumstances.
Our human rights lawyers act for individuals seeking compensation and apologies from bodies who have discriminated against them, including hospitals, other health services, banks, local authorities, education authorities, transport providers, housing associations, prisons and other public and private organisations. We have successfully secured significant financial compensation and apologies for numerous clients, and have brought an end to unfair practices.
We also challenge the policies of public authorities which discriminate against particular groups of individuals with a view to forcing the public authority to change its policy. We bring these cases not only for individuals but also act for charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who represent groups of people disadvantaged by a particular policy. Examples of our work include:
- Obtaining financial compensation from a bank for failing to make reasonable adjustments to allow a blind service user to access the bank’s services, and a promise to change their practices
- Securing financial compensation and an apology from a holiday company for a paraplegic whose holiday turned into a degrading and humiliating experience as the advice given that the holiday was suitable for someone with his disability was incorrect
- Winning financial compensation from the Crown Prosecution Service after they decided to abandon a trial on the basis that our client, who suffered Asperger’s Syndrome, was not a competent witness, leaving her with no access to justice for the assaults she had suffered
- Obtaining the provision of appropriate aids and compensation for a disabled prisoner from the Prison Service following their failure to adequately assess or address his disability needs