International Women’s Day: Using the law to protect women’s rights & where the law can go further

08 March 2022

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, we will consider a hybrid case study with the audience (in person and online). Our aim is to highlight how the law deals with gendered issues and, crucially, where it can go further.

The case study will traverse gendered issues from an employment, public, and housing law perspective. It follows Ayesha, a marketing executive facing issues in the context of her employment, her home, and welfare benefits.

This interactive event is intended for students, aspiring barristers, solicitors, barristers, and anyone interested in using the law to enhance greater equality.

Our barristers will guide you through the potential claims Ayesha may be able to bring in the courts of England and Wales, as well as other non-legal action Ayesha could take.

The discussion will take place from 5.30 – 6.30pm, followed by networking until 7pm.

The event will be livestreamed and recorded. It will be chaired by Natalie York.

Register via this link on Eventbrite

You can see the bios of the participants below:


Sarah McKeown – Sarah specialises in housing and public law. Her practice incorporates homelessness, anti-social behaviour, landlord and tenant, human rights and Equality Act 2010 issues. Sarah also appears regularly for, and advises, homeless applicants and public authorities in homelessness appeals, including second appeal and judicial review claims. She is a Deputy District Judge and a part-time fee-paid judge in the First Tier Tribunal (property chamber). She was appointed a Recorder in January 2022.

Nikolas Clarke - Nikolas advises and represents employees and employers in the full range of employment claims and appeals, including cases of unfair dismissal, contract claims (including confidentiality and restrictive covenant claims), discrimination, harassment, victimisation, whistle-blowing and TUPE. He is a part-time fee-paid employment judge

Eleanor Sibley - Eleanor has a broad public law and local government practice, with an emphasis on claims concerning adult and child social care, health care and s117 after care. This includes disputes over responsibility for funding and providing care. Eleanor has substantial experience of cases concerning obligations towards EEA and third country nationals, and people with no recourse to public funds.

Natalie York - Natalie represents clients in all areas of family law including private and public child law and family finance. She often works in cases representing women who have been victims of serious domestic violence. Before working in family law, Natalie worked in theatre. She sits on the board of trustees for the New Diorama Theatre and on the Shakespeare’s Globe Council.

Anna Dannreuther – Anna is a junior barrister practising in employment, commercial, and public law. She is also a tutor in Public Law at Queen Mary Law School. She regularly represents women and transgender clients bringing discrimination (and other) claims in the Employment Tribunal and courts. She is committed to ensuring the Bar is a diverse and thriving profession.