Devonshires resists appeal on the Public Sector Equality Duty

Devonshires successfully resists another appeal on the Public Sector Equality Duty: London and Quadrant Housing Trust v Patrick [2019] EWHC 1263 (QB)

Devonshires represented L&Q Housing Trust in the High Court on a tenant’s appeal against a possession order granted in the County Court.

Following a summary disposal hearing, at which the tenant unsuccessfully argued that L&Q unlawfully discriminated by relying on allegations of ASB and that it had failed to comply with the PSED in relation to the allegations of ASB, a possession order based on a mandatory ground was granted.

Mr Justice Turner held in the High Court that there had not been a breach of the PSED and in any event a breach of PSED was immaterial if compliance would not have made any substantial difference. The Judgment provides helpful guidance on the difficult issue of PSED for housing providers when undertaking assessments.

For further information about this Judgment or the Equality Act 2010, please contact Donna McCarthy or Lee Russell.

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