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Together, Robin and Dee have worked with NGOs, policy makers, corporates, trade unions and regulators on the legal implications of AI in the workplace and in society more broadly. Their papers and open opinions can be accessed here. Their work has been referenced in the European Commission White Paper on AI which is available here and by the UK’s Committee on Standards in Public Life, see here. Robin and Dee’s joint report for Equinet on how equality bodies, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and states, should engage with the emerging debate concerning regulation of AI will be published in May 2020.

To work with Robin and Dee, please contact their clerks at Cloisters (0207 827 4000 or clerks@cloisters.com).

Robin Allen QC

Robin is a discrimination barrister from Cloisters who has appeared in over 145 reported cases in the Industrial Relations Law Reports (more than any other barrister). These include many path-finding appellate cases at the highest level in the UK and Europe. He has been instructed in over 40 cases in the House of Lords/Supreme Court and undertaken test cases in relation to every protected characteristic. He has undertaken many public interest amicus and intervention briefs, both in the UK and worldwide, for among others the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Harvard University Law School, Public Concern at Work, and Liberty. He has also given evidence to Parliamentary Committees on the technical aspects of proposed legislation such as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, and he advised the European Commission on the content of the first two key equality Directives. He is a consultant to HelpAge International on the UN’s Open Age Working Group on the proposal for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons and to the European Age Platform.

A fuller version of his profile is available here.

Dee Masters

Dee is also a discrimination barrister from Cloisters. Her practice primarily consists of multi-week trials involving multiple and complex claims. Due to her expertise, she regularly advises NGOs and government agencies on the development of discrimination law and she has delivered judicial training on discrimination law at ERA in Trier funded by the European Commission. She has advised the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland (ECNI) and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) on its response to proposed legislation extending the existing prohibition on age discrimination. In August 2015, she was the keynote speaker at a conference attended by politicians and policy makers in Belfast concerning age discrimination. Dee has also been advising AGE PLATFORM, an NGO, on a proposed European Directive which will extend the prohibition on age discrimination. She drafted the Technical Guidance accompanying the ban on age discrimination in goods, facilities and services on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in GB alongside colleagues in chambers. In 2018, she gave evidence as an expert witness to the Women and Equalities Committee on older people in the workplace.

A fuller version of her profile is available here.