Corinna Ferguson

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Corinna is an experienced practitioner specialising in employment, discrimination, human rights, public and immigration law. She spent six years as an employed barrister at the campaigning organisation, Liberty, returning to Old Square Chambers in 2015. She was recently instructed by the BMA in their judicial review concerning the junior doctors’ contract.

During her time at Liberty, Corinna worked on a number of ground breaking cases concerning civil liberties and human rights, as well as discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010.

She was named Times Lawyer of the Week in February 2010, following the success of Gillan v UK in the European Court of Human Rights, which led to the repeal of blanket stop and search powers under s.44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Corinna holds a number of fee paid judicial appointments, sitting as an Employment Judge (London East), a Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) (Taylor House) and a Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal.

 

Publications

  • European Human Rights Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell) - co-editor of Case and Comment section, 2009 – 2013
  • Guardian “Liberty Clinic” - blog responding to legal queries posted by readers, 2009 – 2011
  • “Running ahead of Strasbourg: indirect discrimination and Article 14 ECHR”, Judicial Review (2008)
  • Munkman on Employer’s Liability, 14th Edition (Lexis Nexis) - contributor
  • Adeshina v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – instructed as junior counsel for the respondent; hearing listed in the Court of Appeal in March 2017
  • BMA v Secretary of State for Health [2016]
  • Walker v Innospec Ltd & S/S for DWP [2014] UKEAT 0232/13/1802 - civil partners’ pension rights
  • RMT v UK, ECtHR, 2013 - ban on secondary industrial action [intervening on behalf of Liberty]
  • Roberts v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis & S/S for Home Department [2012] EWHC 1977 (Admin) - stop and search under s.60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 [intervening on behalf of Liberty]
  • Asuquo v UK, ECtHR, 2012 - duty to criminalise and prosecute forced domestic labour
  • Alder v UK, ECtHR, November 2011 - death in police custody
  • Eweida v British Airways, CA [2010] EWCA Civ 80 - religious dress in the workplace
  • Gillan v UK, ECtHR, 12 January 2010 - stop and search under s.44 Terrorism Act 2000
  • T v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police & S/S for Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 25 - blanket disclosure of convictions and cautions on enhanced CRB certificates [intervening on behalf of Liberty]
  • Binyam Mohamed v S/S for FCO [2010] EWCA Civ 65 - PII/open justice [intervening on behalf of Liberty]

 


Corinna is an experienced practitioner across the whole range of employment law. She sits as a fee paid Employment Judge in the London East region.

Since returning to Old Square Chambers in 2015 she has acted for both claimants and respondents in a wide range of cases, including a very high value costs matter in the Employment Tribunal and a complex disability discrimination case. She is also instructed as junior counsel for the Respondent in Adeshina v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust- on appeal to the Court of Appeal, due to be heard in March 2017.

At Liberty, Corinna had conduct of numerous cases involving complex points of law under the Equality Act 2010, European law and/or Articles 9 and 14 ECHR, including:

  • Walker v Innospec Ltd & S/S for DWP [2014] UKEAT 0232/13/1802 - civil partners’ pension rights
  • Eweida v British Airways, CA [2010] EWCA Civ 80 - religious dress in the workplace
  • Ladele v Islington Borough Council [2009] EWCA Civ 1357, [2010] 1WLR 955 - refusal to conduct civil partnerships on religious grounds [intervening on behalf of Liberty in support of the Council’s position]

 

Her non-employment equality work has included a race discrimination case against a national charity, a disability discrimination complaint against a police force and an indirect sex discrimination complaint against a Primary Care Trust.

Corinna appeared as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal (Krasner v McMath and another [2005] IRLR 995, [2005] 4 All ER 886, [2006] ICR 205, concerning administrators’ liability to pay protective awards and pay in lieu of notice).


Corinna has broad experience of judicial review litigation and particular expertise in cases concerning the public sector equality duty. She has a strong understanding of the range of strategic issues that arise in such cases.

Her previous work includes:

  • BMA and others v Secretary of State for Health [2016]
  • Roberts v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis & S/S for Home Department [2012] EWHC 1977 (Admin) - stop and search under s.60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
  • T v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police & S/S for Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 25 - blanket disclosure of convictions and cautions on enhanced CRB certificates.

 

 


Corinna’s knowledge and experience of civil liberties and human rights law is extremely broad. At Liberty she worked in a small team of lawyers representing individuals in test cases involving human rights and conducting interventions on behalf of Liberty.

She has developed particular expertise in equality law (both under the Equality Act 2010 and Article 14 ECHR), issues of religious freedom, and the right to freedom of association under Article 11 ECHR, police powers, criminal records, terrorism/open justice and positive obligations under Articles 3 & 4 ECHR.

Corinna has delivered training and given numerous lectures on human rights law, as well as commentating on human rights issues in print and broadcast media.


Corinna sits as a fee paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), based at Taylor House.

At Liberty her significant immigration work included:

  • Bibi and Ali v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] 1 WLR 208 - English language requirement for spouses seeking to enter UK.
  • RB & U (Algeria) v S/S for Home Department [2009] UKHL 10 - deportation/risk of torture on return.

 

  • Krasner v McMath

    The administrators of two companies (X) and the employees of a company in administration (Y) in two appeals appealed against decisions regarding the priority to be attached to protective awards...

  • See all cases

     

pAwards

Corinna is an experienced practitioner specialising in employment, discrimination, human rights, public and immigration law. She spent six years as an employed barrister at the campaigning organisation, Liberty, returning to Old Square Chambers in 2015. She was recently instructed by the BMA in their judicial review concerning the junior doctors’ contract.

During her time at Liberty, Corinna worked on a number of ground breaking cases concerning civil liberties and human rights, as well as discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010.

She was named Times Lawyer of the Week in February 2010, following the success of Gillan v UK in the European Court of Human Rights, which led to the repeal of blanket stop and search powers under s.44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Corinna holds a number of fee paid judicial appointments, sitting as an Employment Judge (London East), a Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) (Taylor House) and a Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal.

 

Publications

  • European Human Rights Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell) - co-editor of Case and Comment section, 2009 – 2013
  • Guardian “Liberty Clinic” - blog responding to legal queries posted by readers, 2009 – 2011
  • “Running ahead of Strasbourg: indirect discrimination and Article 14 ECHR”, Judicial Review (2008)
  • Munkman on Employer’s Liability, 14th Edition (Lexis Nexis) - contributor
  • Adeshina v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – instructed as junior counsel for the respondent; hearing listed in the Court of Appeal in March 2017
  • BMA v Secretary of State for Health [2016]
  • Walker v Innospec Ltd & S/S for DWP [2014] UKEAT 0232/13/1802 - civil partners’ pension rights
  • RMT v UK, ECtHR, 2013 - ban on secondary industrial action [intervening on behalf of Liberty]
  • Roberts v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis & S/S for Home Department [2012] EWHC 1977 (Admin) - stop and search under s.60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 [intervening on behalf of Liberty]
  • Asuquo v UK, ECtHR, 2012 - duty to criminalise and prosecute forced domestic labour
  • Alder v UK, ECtHR, November 2011 - death in police custody
  • Eweida v British Airways, CA [2010] EWCA Civ 80 - religious dress in the workplace
  • Gillan v UK, ECtHR, 12 January 2010 - stop and search under s.44 Terrorism Act 2000
  • T v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police & S/S for Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 25 - blanket disclosure of convictions and cautions on enhanced CRB certificates [intervening on behalf of Liberty]
  • Binyam Mohamed v S/S for FCO [2010] EWCA Civ 65 - PII/open justice [intervening on behalf of Liberty]

 


Corinna is an experienced practitioner across the whole range of employment law. She sits as a fee paid Employment Judge in the London East region.

Since returning to Old Square Chambers in 2015 she has acted for both claimants and respondents in a wide range of cases, including a very high value costs matter in the Employment Tribunal and a complex disability discrimination case. She is also instructed as junior counsel for the Respondent in Adeshina v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust- on appeal to the Court of Appeal, due to be heard in March 2017.

At Liberty, Corinna had conduct of numerous cases involving complex points of law under the Equality Act 2010, European law and/or Articles 9 and 14 ECHR, including:

  • Walker v Innospec Ltd & S/S for DWP [2014] UKEAT 0232/13/1802 - civil partners’ pension rights
  • Eweida v British Airways, CA [2010] EWCA Civ 80 - religious dress in the workplace
  • Ladele v Islington Borough Council [2009] EWCA Civ 1357, [2010] 1WLR 955 - refusal to conduct civil partnerships on religious grounds [intervening on behalf of Liberty in support of the Council’s position]

 

Her non-employment equality work has included a race discrimination case against a national charity, a disability discrimination complaint against a police force and an indirect sex discrimination complaint against a Primary Care Trust.

Corinna appeared as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal (Krasner v McMath and another [2005] IRLR 995, [2005] 4 All ER 886, [2006] ICR 205, concerning administrators’ liability to pay protective awards and pay in lieu of notice).


Corinna has broad experience of judicial review litigation and particular expertise in cases concerning the public sector equality duty. She has a strong understanding of the range of strategic issues that arise in such cases.

Her previous work includes:

  • BMA and others v Secretary of State for Health [2016]
  • Roberts v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis & S/S for Home Department [2012] EWHC 1977 (Admin) - stop and search under s.60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
  • T v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police & S/S for Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 25 - blanket disclosure of convictions and cautions on enhanced CRB certificates.

 

 


Corinna’s knowledge and experience of civil liberties and human rights law is extremely broad. At Liberty she worked in a small team of lawyers representing individuals in test cases involving human rights and conducting interventions on behalf of Liberty.

She has developed particular expertise in equality law (both under the Equality Act 2010 and Article 14 ECHR), issues of religious freedom, and the right to freedom of association under Article 11 ECHR, police powers, criminal records, terrorism/open justice and positive obligations under Articles 3 & 4 ECHR.

Corinna has delivered training and given numerous lectures on human rights law, as well as commentating on human rights issues in print and broadcast media.


Corinna sits as a fee paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), based at Taylor House.

At Liberty her significant immigration work included:

  • Bibi and Ali v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] 1 WLR 208 - English language requirement for spouses seeking to enter UK.
  • RB & U (Algeria) v S/S for Home Department [2009] UKHL 10 - deportation/risk of torture on return.

 

  • Krasner v McMath

    The administrators of two companies (X) and the employees of a company in administration (Y) in two appeals appealed against decisions regarding the priority to be attached to protective awards...

  • See all cases

     

pAwards

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