Okoye race case appeal is prepared

A BARRISTER who accused her set of racial discrimination is to appeal against a county court decision to throw her case out of court.

Family barrister Joy Okoye alleged that the development of her practice at Staple Inn Chambers in London had been blocked by the set's senior clerk and several tenants.

But her claims failed to reach a full hearing after a London District Judge Litchfield dismissed her case in March, ruling them out of time.

This week the barrister, who has the backing of the Commission for Racial Equality, will appeal. Her solicitor, Makbool Javaid, said the commission regarded her court battle as an important test case. “We are looking to the court to give guidance on how chambers should conduct themselves in order to avoid discrimination.”

Staple Inn Chambers refused to comment.