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Katie White has been appointed as the new Legal Principal in the Wales Team at the Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Katie was born and raised in Cardiff and has worked in England and Wales, predominantly in legal aid firms and Law Centres, most recently as Senior Solicitor at Shelter Cymru.

The Commission’s duties include reducing inequality, eliminating discrimination and promoting and protecting human rights.

Katie will focus on equality and human rights in Wales and is keen to work with legal practitioners, NGO’s and advisers in Wales to identify priority issues.

Register now: EHRC Wales network meetings

Katie has arranged network meetings in October & November 2021, focussing on three areas:

  • Disabled people (15 October)
  • Children (29 October)
  • Older people (12 November).

The purpose of these meetings is to get interested parties together to discuss how  the legal framework for equality and human rights in Wales can be clarified and strengthened, and how the Commission can use its unique enforcement powers to clarify the law, highlight priority issues and challenge policies or practices which cause significant disadvantage.

If you would like to attend the network meetings or contact the Commission in Wales, please email wales@equalityhumanrights.com or call 02920 447710.

About the Commission

The Equality Act 2006 provides the Commission with specific powers of enforcement, to ensure that equality laws are enforced, and to work towards the elimination of discrimination and harassment.

The Commission has wide ranging powers including the power to investigate an organisation or individual suspected of breaching equality law, and entering into a formal, legally binding agreement with an organisation or individual requiring them to cease discriminatory practices, and make changes that are necessary to prevent future discrimination or non-compliance.

The Commission’s Litigation Powers include legal assistance for claims of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, issuing Judicial Review proceedings and intervening in legal cases.

For more information about its work in Wales, please click here.

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