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Architects and the law of employment

Ruth Downing

Ruth Downing – until September 2008 a Barrister in Devereux Chambers, a leading set of employment lawyers, now a Circuit Judge at Croydon Crown Court. After reading law at Cambridge between 1974 and 1977 she was called to the Bar at Grays’ Inn and practised in both criminal and civil work before concentrating on employment law. She was a member of the Treasury Panel for employment work, specialising in discrimination cases. She appeared in a number of leading cases in disability and sex discrimination and latterly in a number of ‘whistleblowing’ cases. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Architect’s Legal Handbook : The Law for Architects

Architectural Press, 2006

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... Architects and the law of employment RUTH D OWNING 1 Introduction 2. 03 T he basic relationship between the employer and the indi- vidual worker is defi ned by the contract of employment. This is I n approaching the task...