A Legal Defence Fund to Secure Access4all in UK Entertainment Venues

As you may well know, we’re committed to Delivering Change and helping hundreds of people who have been treated unfairly by poor practice – or discriminated against.

One of our latest cases is for a group of three amazing mums, Sally, Sarah and Vicki (pictured) who took their daughters on a birthday trip to see Little Mix in concert.

All three women are deaf and required a translator on the night so that they could share the excitement and spectacle of the concert with their girls for years to come.

Sadly, it took an injunction by Fry Law to get an interpreter – even more frustrating, as the event promoter responded so late in the day to the injunction; only the main act was covered by an interpreter.

It’s clearly not right that we’re having to battle so hard for such an obvious reasonable adjustment (although most individuals who are deaf do not realise they are entitled to an interpreter!) Luckily the three amigos have decided to #DeliverChange for themselves and others who might not know their rights or how to enforce them.

In their case, they have been threatened by ‘adverse costs’ (i.e. if they lose) of over £100,000.00 in an attempt to stop them from proceeding.

Chris Fry, one of our specialist disability discrimination lawyers, is working with Catherine Casserley who is the UK’s leading Barrister for this work, on a no win, no fee basis. This is basically work for free but with the entitlement to be paid if we win.

We see a number of clients in similar situations and working with Crowd Justice – a crowdfunding platform that enables individuals, groups and communities to come together to fund legal action – to provide a costs fund for all of our cases to ensure that we have protection for all of our clients.

In the meantime, our three clients in the Little Mix case have set up a Crowd Justice page, here where all donations are welcomed to help build a fund to protect our clients should they lose (we don’t make a habit of it!).

Unlike personal injury cases that don’t now penalise a Claimant for failing to win a claim, there is no such protection for discrimination cases. This is something else we’re trying to change, Chris Fry has had meetings with the Ministry of Justice and at Downing Street to make the legal landscape fairer to help us #DeliverChange for everyone.

As we win these cases the fund will grow to allow us to develop our strategic and pro bono work. The crowdfunded funds remain ring-fenced for that purpose.

Please click here to donate to support Sally, Sarah and Vicki.

Even the smallest donation helps. Thank you.

We’d also love you to share their story and the Crowd Justice page far and wide.

The more support we get, the more of a difference we can make. Without this funding, our fight cannot go ahead and nothing will change.

About the Author

Chris Fry

Chris is the founder of Fry Law.