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Breaking news: Ed Kemp wins landmark discrimination claim against the Embassy of Qatar

In one of the first discrimination claims to go to trial following the Supreme Court’s decision in Benkharbouche v. Embassy of the Republic of Sudan [2017] ICR 1327, Ed Kemp secured a finding for his client that he was called a black slave, a donkey, a dog, pushed on the left shoulder and dismissed because of his race by a member of the diplomatic mission of the Embassy of Qatar in London.

In Ahmed v. Embassy of State of Qatar, mid-way through Ed’s cross-examination of the Embassy’s diplomat on day four of a six day trial, the following statement was issued before the Tribunal on behalf of the Embassy:

 “The Embassy of the State of Qatar and its diplomats are withdrawing from these proceedings with immediate effect. They consider that the proceedings infringe the sovereignty of the State of Qatar and are incompatible with the dignity and privileges of its diplomatic personnel.”

The case then proceeded in the absence of the Respondents.

Today, following a four-year stay on proceedings while Benkharbouche made its way through the higher courts, Ed finally secured victory for his client at the London Central Employment Tribunal. A judgment with written reasons is expected in the next few weeks.

A remedy hearing has been listed.

The case continued to receive widespread media coverage both in the UK and overseas:

Mr Ahmed now intends to pursue a claim for damages against the UK government in Strasbourg for its failure to amend or issue a remedial certificate to the State Immunity Act, in breach of his right of access to court under Article 6 ECHR, to enable him to pursue claims for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal before the Tribunal.

 Ed Kemp specialises in employment cases with an international element. He is an expert in state and diplomatic immunity and the intersection with EU and human rights law.

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