Reyes v Al-Malki & Anor [2017]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    UKSC 61
  • Legal Body
    Uk Supreme Court (UKSC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discrimination, Human Rights, Pay
Issues covered: Diplomatic Immunity; Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations; Maltreatment and Human Trafficking; ECHR

The appeal concerned diplomatic immunity, in particular diplomatic immunity in respect of claims brought by domestic servants against diplomats. When delivering a summary of the decision, Lord Sumption emphasised that exploitative employment practices under cover of diplomatic status is a recurring problem in the UK and elsewhere. Diplomats enjoy immunities under domestic and international law which limit their employees' access to the domestic courts.

Ms Reyes was a Pilipino national. She received a tier 5 visa to the UK facilitated by her employers, Mr and Mrs Al-Malki. Mr Al-Malki was a Saudi Arabian diplomat working in the embassy in London. The couple employed Ms Reyes in their private

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This article is correct at 19/10/2017

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