Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2012] All ER (D) 05 (Aug)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Sir Robert Nelson

Representation The appellant appeared in person.
  Martin Fodder for the Bar Standards Board.
Judgment Dates: 1 August 2012


Barrister - Bar Standards Board - Admission - Failure to meet minimum entry requirements - Appellant wishing to qualify as barrister - Appellant being registered blind - Appellant obtaining third class degree - Lower second class degree required for admission to vocational stage of training - Respondent Bar Standards Board refusing to exercise discretion in appellant's favour - Appellant contending required standard would have been achieved had reasonably adjustments been made - Whether decision unlawful - Whether discretion to be exercised in appellant's favour.

The Case

Barrister Bar Standards Board. The Visitors to the Inns of Court, in dismissing the appellant's appeal, held that the discretion to permit the appellant, who was registered blind, to proceed to the vocational stage could not be exercised as there was no clear evidence that he was academically of second class quality overall in spite of difficulties he had undoubtedly experienced when taking his examinations.

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