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Christopher Baker and Rea Murray successful in a landmark victory in the UK Supreme Court

Christopher Baker and Rea Murray of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square have been successful in a landmark victory in the UK Supreme Court for an Orthodox Jewish, charitable housing association, defending its housing allocation policy against an allegation of unlawful discrimination.

 

R (Z and another) v (1) Hackney LBC and (2) Agudas Israel Housing Association [2020] UKSC 40

UK Supreme Court, 16 October 2020

Lord Reed, Lord Kerr, Lady Arden, Lord Kitchin and Lord Sales

The Supreme Court has upheld the decisions of the Divisional Court ([2019] EWHC 139 (Admin))  and the Court of Appeal ([2019] EWCA Civ 1099) that it was lawful under the Equality Act 2010 for a small, charitable Orthodox Jewish housing association to operate a housing allocation policy in circumstances which had the effect of restricting tenancies of its properties to members of the Orthodox Jewish Community.

Christopher Baker and Rea Murray of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square acted for Agudas Israel Housing Association throughout the case, appearing in the Supreme Court with Sam Grodzinski QC.

For more information, please see attached E-flash.

The Guardian article can be read here.

Please find the full judgment here.

 

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