Court of Appeal dismisses appeal over fostering recruitment policy


The Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed an appeal by Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and Fostering Service Ltd. The High Court had ruled that Ofsted’s decision that Cornerstone’s recruitment policy was directly discriminatory on the grounds of sexual orientation was lawful, and did not interfere with Cornerstone’s Convention rights.

Aidan O’Neill QC and Ben Silverstone were instructed by Ai Law to represent Cornerstone.

Sarah Hannett QC appeared on behalf of Ofsted.

For the judgment see: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2021/1390.html