Royal Bank of Scotland v Allen

The Court of Appeal found a bank to be in breach of the reasonable adjustment duty, because its main branch in Sheffield was not accessible to wheelchair users. Even if banking services could be accessed in alternative ways, such as over the internet, the policy of the Disability Discrimination Act was to provide a service … Read more

Roads v Central Trains

The Court of Appeal considered the reasonable adjustment duty for service providers. The court said that the policy of the legislation is not a minimalist policy of simply ensuring that some access is available to the disabled. It is, so far as reasonably practicable, to approximate the access enjoyed by disabled persons to that enjoyed … Read more

Ross v Ryanair

Court of Appeal, 2004. Full judgment: Facts Mr Ross was charged for the provision of a wheelchair to get from the check-in point at Stansted airport to the plane. Ryanair argued amongst other things that its service was a transport service and therefore exempt under DDA s.19(5). It provided a transport service and anything … Read more

R v. Immigration Officer at Prague Airport ex parte European Roma Rights Centre

This important decision emphasises that it can be direct discrimination to stereotype people, even if the stereotype has some truth to it. An individual should not be assumed to hold characteristics associated with the group, whether or not most members of the group do indeed have such characteristics, House of Lords, 2004. Full judgment: … Read more

Phelps v Hillingdon Council

House of Lords, 2000. Full judgment: The case of Phelps v Hillingdon Council involved a child had dyslexia. An educational psychologist failed to diagnose the dyslexia. Accordingly the child was not given education appropriate to her condition. The House of Lords upheld a decision that the educational psychologist owed a duty of care to … Read more

James v Eastleigh Borough Council

House of Lords, 1990. Full judgment: The Council provided free swimming facilities for old age pensioners. At the time this meant the qualifying age was 65 for men and 60 for women. The House of Lords held this was sex discrimination, regardless of motive. The test was objective. ‘But for’ his gender, a man … Read more