Equal Rights Trust and Industrial Law Society: Bob Hepple Equality Award 2016

by | Jun 1, 2016

The Equal Rights Trust and the Industrial Law Society are delighted to invite you to the Bob Hepple Equality Award 2016 on Thursday 30 June 2016. The Award, established in the name of the late Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC champion of equality and non-discrimination, continues his legacy to recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals to equality.

This year the Equal Rights Trust are delighted to celebrate Professor Anna Lawson for her work promoting equal rights for persons with disabilities. She has achieved excellence in both activism and academia, most notably as Director of the Centre for Disability Studies based at Leeds University and as Co-ordinator of the newly established Disability Law Hub. She has worked closely with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and she is actively involved in the work of human rights and disabled people’s organisations including the UK’s Disability Rights Commission, Equality and Human Rights Commission and China Vision.

Following the award presentation, Justice Kate O’Regan will deliver a keynote speech, “Looking at labour law through the lens of a constitution” covering cases relating to the right to strike, closed shops, discrimination law and levels of scrutiny of specialist labour and equality tribunals. Justice O’Regan began her career as an attorney acting for trade unions, anti-apartheid organisations and communities in South Africa. In 1994, she became the youngest member of South Africa’s new Constitutional Court. Since her term of office ended, she has, amongst other things, served as an acting judge of the Namibian Supreme Court, as well as on the boards of many human rights and legal organisations.

Event Order

After the ceremony, dinner and drinks will be provided and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and meet the worthy winner and speakers. 

Bob Hepple Equality Award Ceremony 2016
Hosted by Dechert LLP, 160 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4QQ 
Thursday 30 June 2016
Drinks Reception: 6.30 – 7.00
Award Ceremony: 7.00 – 8.00
Dinner: 8.00 – 9.30

Join Us

The Equal Rights Trust hope that you will be able to join us for this special occasion. Due to generous sponsorship from Dechert LLP and Cloisterstickets are only £15 or £8 for studentsPlease click on the links to purchase.

The Equal Rights Trust kindly request that you complete the online booking form during payment so we can inform you of final logistics. Please contact either charlotte.broyd@equalrightstrust.org for queries, if you experience any problems when booking or if you would prefer to purchase a ticket by cheque.


  • Click hereto read more about last year’s event.
  • Click hereto read more about the awardee and speakers.


The Equal Rights Trust are extremely grateful to our sponsors, Dechert LLP and Cloisters.

Dechert LLP is a global specialist law firm which focuses on sectors with the greatest complexities, legal intricacies and highest regulatory demands. It excels in delivering practical commercial judgment and deep legal expertise for high-stakes matters. Its London office first opened its doors in 1972, and with more than 150 lawyers and other legal professionals, it is now one of the largest London offices of any global law firm. Dechert has a longstanding tradition of providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organisations and it is a signatory to the UK’s Joint Protocol for Pro Bono Legal Work.

Cloisters was founded on a commitment to civil liberties. It is the go-to set for ground-breaking results in equality litigation and in shaping the legislative structure and has unrivalled expertise in dealing with difficult, novel issues involving both domestic and European law. Its innovative work pushes the boundaries of human rights, civil liberties and equalities law, at every level of call, in the interests of its clients.



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