Previous events

Discrimination Law in 2017: The authoritative review of the most dynamic area of employment law

Monday 23rd January 2017, Glasgow

Presented by the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland

In association with Equal Opportunities Review and Michael Rubenstein Conferences Ltd

Why attend the Discrimination Law in 2017 Conference?

Discrimination continues to be the most dynamic part of our employment law. Despite the fall-off in employment tribunal claims, 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.

This ever popular conference is aimed at experienced lawyers and practitioners in employment and equality law. Our outstanding speakers will cover key recent and upcoming developments. 

Speakers include:

  • Keynote address: Judge Shona Simon, President of Employment Tribunals (Scotland)
  • Robin Allen QC, Cloisters Chambers
  • Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers
  • Sean Jones QC, 11 KBW Chambers
  • Rachel Crasnow QC, Cloisters Chambers
  • Michael Rubenstein, Equal Opportunities Review

Cost £75 (Inc. VAT)

Free places may be available to charitable and voluntary organisations on application.

For further information, please contact Kyle Mulholland on 0141 228 5925 or by e-mail:

Full programme and booking form can be found here.

The Human Rights Implications of Brexit on EU Migration

Thursday 8th December 2016, Glasgow

This free evening event is essential for lawyers and non-lawyers interested in human rights and how they might impact on immigration issues after Brexit.

Our event will look at the potential effects of Brexit on:

  • UK citizens currently living in the EU
  • EU citizens currently living in the UK
  • EU Citizens coming to the UK post-Brexit

Across each of these groups there are implications for work and retirement; private and family lives; study; housing and property ownership and capital interests. Our experienced panel will seek to identify the issues we all need to be thinking about in these interesting times. 

There will be opportunity for discussion and questions.

Knowing your rights: Disability Discrimination, The Grassmarket Centre, Edinburgh

Friday 2nd December 2016

We are pleased to announce a free training event on Disability Discrimination in Services taking place in Edinburgh on Friday 2nd December 2016.

Hear from the Commission about what disability discrimination can look like and find out about the reasonable adjustment duty and the Public Sector Equality Duty. 

You will also learn about the support that the Commission can offer and the tools and guidance that we have developed to help you to understand disability discrimination.

The event is designed for those who work with disabled people and may provide people with advice or promote disability rights.

Joint Commission/SERN Conference 2016 - Family friendly working

13th September 2016, Glasgow

Our 2016 joint conference with the Scottish Employment Rights Network (SERN) follows the EHRC’s recent in-depth research that found that three out of four Scottish working mothers experience pregnancy and maternity discrimination. The event  presented examples of good practice, the support that is available and tools that the EHRC has co-developed to improve workplace practice. View the presentations:

Advising asylum seekers and refugees on access to support and services

2nd September 2016, Glasgow

We held an interactive training workshop on advising asylum seekers and refugees on their access to support and services. View the presentation given by Lindsey Reynolds, Senior Solicitor EHRC Scotland, here.

Discrimination Law in 2016

In partnership with Equal Opportunities Review the Commission held a full day conference with expert speakers:-

  • Keynote address by Judge Brian Doyle, President Employment Tribunals (England and Wales)
  • Discrimination because of religion or belief and sexual orientation - Robin Allen QC Cloisters Chambers
  • Sex and race discrimination: recent case law - Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers
  • Disability discrimination: recent developments - Sean Jones QC, 11 KBW Chambers
  • Parental rights: new legislation and case law - Alice Stobart, Westwater Advocates
  • Equal pay and age discrimination - Michael Rubenstein, Equal Opportunities Review and Industrial Relations Law Reports

Joint Commission/SERN Conference 2015:

Employment and Equality Rights Update and Practical Workshops on Discrimination Claims

Monday 5th October 2015

Working in partnership with the Scottish Employment Rights Network the Commission held a half day conference with expert speakers. View the presentations:-

Discrimination Law in 2015

Monday 26th January 2015, The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

In partnership with Equal Opportunities Review the Commission held a full day conference with expert speakers. View the presentations:-


The Development of Strategic Litigation in Scotland - Monday 24th November 2014, Edinburgh

The Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Faculty of Advocates held a seminar on strategic public interest litigation on equality and human rights issues in Scotland. This event, with Lord Hope as the key note speaker, looked at the approach to strategic litigation from various perspectives; discussed strategies, key challenges and practical considerations for test cases, interventions and judicial reviews; and possibilities for how the EHRC, advocates and solicitors can work together to develop this further. 

A series of short talks exploring strategic litigation:-

Help shape the Commission's New Legal Strategy

Thursday 6th November 10am-12pm, City Halls Glasgow. 

Introduction to discrimination law

A series of FREE interactive training sessions, aimed at organisations locally providing advice and support to people who may experience discrimination.  These sessions gave a basic introduction to discrimination law, as well as an opportunity to meet our legal team and to discuss the support we can offer your organisation. The Equality and Human Rights Commission visited:

  • Aberdeen on Thursday 2nd October 2014

  • Greenock on Wednesday 12th November 2014

Update on employment and equality rights, Glasgow - 11th September 2014

Working in partnership with the Scottish Employment Rights Network the Commission held a half day conference with expert speakers. View the presentations:

  • The Current Landscape in the Employment Tribunal - Shona Simon, President of Employment Tribunals (Scotland)
  • Early Conciliation - Alan Hope, ACAS
  • Equal Pay Update - Peter O'Donnell, Thompsons Solicitors and Chairman of SERN
  • Equality Law Roundup - Claudia Bennett, Senior Solicitor Equality Human Rights Commission


Last updated: 23 Jan 2017