Compensation claims against traffickers: Tying together the latest developments, tactics and remedies

Monday 8 May 2017, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Monday 8 May 2017
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ   Get directions
Areas of Law: Civil Liberties and Human Rights

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This session will focus on compensation claims for victims of trafficking and modern slavery against their traffickers.

In December 2016, the Ministry of Justice published its review of the civil legal aid arrangements for victims of trafficking who wish to seek legal assistance to bring compensation claims against their traffickers.

The training will examine:

  • Various routes by which victims of trafficking can bring claims of compensation against their traffickers
  • The courses of action in both the employment tribunal and the civil courts
  • The remedies that can be obtained
  • The most suitable forum for litigation
  • How to prepare a claim and tactical matters arising in these claims both the private law / employment jurisdiction and the public law context
  • Potential public law challenges arising from these claims

The training will be led by:

Shu Shin Luh, who specialises in public law with a strong emphasis on human rights and anti-discrimination. Victims of trafficking are one of her core client groups. She has acted on behalf of victims of trafficking in the context of judicial review and human rights claims and civil claims against individuals and public authorities. She is on the Panel of Counsels for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is a legal expert member of the EU Commission’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA).

Catrin Lewis, who specialises in all aspects of employment law and sits as a fee paid Employment Judge. She has particular expertise in race, sex and disability discrimination cases. She has considerable experience of dealing with vulnerable clients and has been instructed in cases supported by the Commission for Racial Equality, Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission as well as the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

Nicola Braganza, a public law, immigration and discrimination practitioner, who recently successfully represented the appellants in the Supreme Court indirect discrimination case of Essop v UK Border Agency. Nicola regularly acts for highly vulnerable clients. She represents her clients at all levels: from their first instance hearings before the Immigration and Employment Tribunal through to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Who should attend?

Legal practitioners interested in developing this area of work who have authority to use miscellaneous matter starts under a civil legal aid contract or have been granted additional matter starts recently by the Legal Aid Agency to bring such claims.


This event is free to attend and includes light refreshments.

If you are interested in attending, please contact seminars@gclaw.co.uk.

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