European Court Judgment

15th January 2013

On 15th January 2013, the European Court of Human Rights gave judgment in the case of Eweida & Others v United Kingdom in which Paul Diamond represented Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane. Additionally, Paul Diamond represented Ms Eweida at the Employment Tribunal. Paul Diamond’s legal and strategic skills enabled these cases to be heard at the highest level and their importance was reflected in their wide coverage in the media and legal journals.  Mrs Eweida wanted to wear a cross whilst working with British Airways, as did Shirley Chaplin who worked as a nurse.  Mr McFarlane was a Relate Counsellor who wished to exercise religious conscience.  This decision by the European Court in Strasbourg represents one of the most important cases on Article 9 and religious liberty to date; and has impacted all 47 Contracting States of the Council of Europe.

The Judgement

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