Allison Bailey has won her employment tribunal case against Garden Court Chambers, though she lost her Stonewall lawsuit. The lesbian defence barrister, who co-founded the anti-trans hate group LGB Alliance, accused Garden Court Chambers of withholding work from her after she criticised the charity’s Diversity Champions scheme, which ensures that all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves in the workplace.
Bailey, who describes herself as a “gender critical feminist”, said Stonewall’s views were “exclusive” and “discriminatory” of her beliefs and claimed the organisation ‘harassed, intimidated and threatened’ those who oppose their trans-inclusive values.
Garden Court Chambers later announced that Bailey’s transphobia would be investigated. In December 2019, they discovered that two of her tweets were likely to have breached barristers’ core duties.
Bailey told the tribunal that her income was damaged after the chambers offered her “interior brief after interior brief” and that they tried to “crush her spirit” in an attempt to make her quit.