Head of legal exits disability rights group

The Disability Rights Commission’s (DRC) head of legal Pauline Hughes is leaving the organisation to take up a full-time role as an employment tribunal chair. She will be replaced by the DRC’s head of casework Rebecca Howard. The DRC legal department consists of five lawyers in Manchester and two in Scotland. The team takes on key cases in the field of disability rights and can also intervene as a third party, as well as working to promote disability rights awareness within the courts and the tribunal system. Hughes said the team in Manchester will shortly be strengthened with the appointment of an additional two lawyers.