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Court of Appeal Success for Trinity Barrister in Landmark Equality Act Case


Trinity Employment Law barrister, James McHugh successfully acted for the Respondent at the Court of Appeal in an appeal concerning whether Interim Relief ought to be available for dismissals which contravene the Equality Act 2010.

In Steer v. Stormsure Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 887 the Appellant sought to overturn the decision of the EAT that it was not possible to interpret the Equality Act 2010 in such a way as to read the right to Interim Relief for cases where an individual was dismissed because of discrimination.

This was a landmark case which the Court of Appeal noted could ‘have forced very substantial changes to the way Employment Tribunals work’ in the UK. Permission was granted for intervention in the case by the Minister for Women & Equalities on behalf of the Government.

Following two days of substantive argument on 25th & 26th May 2021, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal finding that ultimately there had been no infringement of the Appellant’s rights under the ECHR.

James acted solely for the Respondent in this matter at both the EAT and Court of Appeal. A recording of the hearing can be found here.

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