Despite equality legislation existing, discrimination by the state and other organisations happens far too regularly. Our specialist team of Discrimination Lawyers have the expertise and passion to help you and are committed to fighting against discrimination wherever it exists.
We have particular expertise and experience in dealing with the unique problems faced by victims of discrimination, including dealing with the ongoing psychiatric symptoms arising from unlawful discrimination.
Sensitive and Caring Professionals
Partner & Head of Civil & Commercial Litigation
We are able to accommodate people from all walks of life, including those with disabilities. We are sensitive to the unique circumstances faced by every one of our clients. We believe that every individual has the right to equal treatment regardless of such personal characteristics.
We can arrange home appointments where required, to ensure that all clients have access to justice regardless of their abilities.
Grounds for Discrimination Claims
Every discrimination claim is unique but they must all be brought very quickly to ensure they are not ‘out of time’. We can represent you in a claim for discrimination on any of the following grounds:
- Sex and related grounds (including discrimination on the basis of gender reassignment)
- Race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins)
- Sexual orientation
- Religion and belief
- Combined discrimination
Examples of Discrimination
There are 5 different types of discrimination, as follows:
- Discrimination arising from disability / duty to make reasonable adjustments
We recently represented a deaf lady who was arrested by the police, in front of her very distressed children. She could not hear the police officers instructions, and they did not make reasonable adjustments to compensate for that fact, such as speaking more slowly and face-on so that she could lip-read. With our help, she was successful in bringing a claim for direct and indirect discrimination and received compensation of just short of a 5-figure sum.
Act Quickly to Avoid being "Out of Time"
You only have 6 months within which to bring a discrimination claim for damages. If the act complained of is in fact a series of related acts constituting a ‘continuing act’, then the time starts running from the last of those acts. It is worth noting that the court has a broad discretion to extend time in the interests of ensuring a just outcome. However, we recommend that you act quickly to ensure that your claim has the best possible chance of succeeding.
We can offer advice on a legal aid basis, as well as being able to offer conditional fee agreements and deferred fee funding arrangements.
We Can Help
At MW, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those who are suffering discrimination. We urge you to contact us as soon as you realise that you may be being discriminated against so that we can advise you on your options for redress without delay.