18 Friday, 16 October 2009 London Lite indian-born barrister says firm denied her top jobs raceabuse case lawyer demands a 33m payout A BARRISTER who claims she was ignored for top court cases because of a culture of racism is suing her chambers for 33m for racial discrimination. Indian-born Dr Aisha Bijlani claims the racist treatment spanned 16 years and has ruined her career. She blamed overtly racist clerks who worked at Four New Square Chambers in Londons Lincolns Inn for not giving her the same quantity of specialist jobs as her peers. Dr Bijlani, who is also a qualified medical doctor, claims one clerk, Dennis Peck, had publicly stated he hated edu- cated wogs. She told an employ- ment tribunal she earned at least 7m less than a compara- ble colleague since joining in 1993, say- ing: I was actively disliked by the clerks on the grounds of my race and origin. I was denied the opportunity to reach my potential. She made the claim against three heads of chambers -- Roger Stewart, QC, Justin Fenwick, QC, and John Powell, QC -- as well as chief clerk Lizzie Wiseman. She alleges that Ms Wiseman knew about her treatment but did nothing to help. Dr Bijlani said she was referred to a fitness to practice panel in 2006 after raising her concerns. When she was signed off in 2006 for depression, she claimed she was told to let her practice certificate lapse while remaining a member of the chambers. She says she has since suffered insomnia and depression and has been evicted from her chambers. The respondents deny the allega- tions and the hearing continues. POLICE have designated Crystal Palace Football Club a terrorism hotspot where officers can use special stop-and- search powers. Anyone around Selhurst Park can be searched under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000. The Met has responded to criticism that the powers were being applied too frequently by naming hotspots such as shopping centres, the Houses Of Parliament and some mosques. Chelsea and Arsenal football grounds are also thought to be included. by georgina littlejohn Accused: chief clerk Lizzie Wiseman PalaceFC terrorcurb Claim: Dr Bijlani says her career is ruined Jokebox......... RetailDetail MAKE sure your morning coffee looks good and tastes great in one of these fabulous mugs... Mug up on style Mr Messy, 5.95, John Lewis Crayon, 5.99, iwantone ofthose.com Keep Calm And Carry On, 6.36, Oliver Bonas Test Card F by Blunt Project, 6.50, Selfridges Penguin Classic The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, 8.95, bloomsburystore.com Whaam!, 8.32, tate.org.uk Pink Union flag, large, 10, Heals Electric flowers, 4, Cath Kidston hilary frolich index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html