Chattertons expands Team with appointment of Equality and Disability rights lawyer
Chattertons Solicitors are delighted to announce the appointment of experienced lawyer, Carrie Clewes. Carrie specialises in assisting a wide range of clients who wish to bring claims for discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Claims can be brought for discrimination on various grounds whether this be age, sex, disability, gender assignment, race, religion, marriage or pregnancy and maternity.
Prior to joining Chattertons, Carrie dealt with many discrimination cases both in goods and services and in the education sector, fighting injustice, challenging inequality and securing access to justice and legal advice for those affected.
She supports the disabled community across the board, including clients with both physical disabilities and hidden disabilities such as epilepsy, autistic spectrum disorders or mental health problems: Helping to them navigate barriers and accessibility in their daily life, employment and in the service sector.
With over 10 years' experience in the legal sector, Carrie joins our established Dispute Resolution team as a Chartered Legal Executive. Based at our Lincoln office, she will be available to cover cases wherever they arise and can assist clients with all manner of discrimination claims including, but not limited to:
- Transport failures: Lack of ramps, wheelchair spaces or accessible rail replacement services.
- Accommodation failures: Inaccessible hotels or refusal of stay due to age, sexual orientation, race or religion,
- Restaurants and food establishments: Failing to make dietary adjustments or blend food, failing to have access for disabled customers or refusal of services due to guide dogs or service animals.
- Universities and higher education: Facilities failing to make reasonable adjustments for both physical and hidden disabilities, provide additional support or give extra time where necessary for exams.
- GP and Hospital Facilities: Accessible buildings, provision of BSL Interpretation or provision of accessible information and documentation.
- Inaccessible buildings: This could be shops, stores, banks, stadiums and entertainment venues. This applies to both entrances and the use of services inside, such as having low counters and accessible ticket or queueing facilities.
- Failing to provide accessible information: In all services, this could be in the form of electronic documentation and emails rather than paper copy correspondence, the provision of BSL Interpretation or use of Text Relay services.
Carrie says: "I am looking forward to working with Chattertons and working with our clients to achieve inclusion and accessibility across the board. There are over 10 million disabled people within the United Kingdom, each of whom, will at some point in their life encounter discrimination. I want to ensure that our work makes a difference and positively effects as many people as possible"
Carrie's appointment further strengthens our position as a regional heavyweight offering the full range of legal services to both personal and business clients.
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