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  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 ( EWHC 139 (Admin)) and the Court of Appeal ( 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.