On the 1 October 2004, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 come into force. Amongst other provisions, it provides for non-discrimination in respect of barristers. The relevant sections are below, for information.
In short, the following judgement holds that Barristers’ Chambers are not covered by the Disability Discrimination Act for the purposes of securing a pupillage or being accepted by chambers. Thus Deaf and disabled (trainee) barristers have no legal protection against Chambers, and can be discriminated against.
1 Pump Court Chambers v Horton  EWCA Civ 941
Facts: Horton applied for a pupillage, and was offered one of two available places for a year commencing October 2001. In September 2001 he became ill, and applied for a postponement, to begin in October 2002. The Chambers decided not to grant him a deferral. Effectively, as the ET found, that decision prevented him from taking a pupillage with the Chambers.
As a BSL user, I am trying to achieve my dream to become a barrister. The words I have used above is trying to achieve where you can my point that I have not achieved yet. What I feel is now, all I see trying to achieve is forever and never-ending.
I always have wanted to become a barrister. I told people I want to study a law degree. Many people said I am not good enough because deaf people cannot do it. How can deaf people talk in the court room? No, they said. It is impossible, they says. I broke down feel so down – low self esteem. I ignore their instruction or advice. I applied some universities anyway.
During studying a law degree at the University of Wolverhampton, I was fortune to able to share with other students to pay for interpreters costs. They have interpreter agency at the university which all students can use their Disability Student Allowance to pay to the University and they can divide the money to pay for 3 or 4 interpreters. I obtained a law degree with a lot of difficulties. People tell me I cannot achieve a law degree. Well I do.