Podcast Location:
Download it here [file size: 24.6 MB]
Employment Law
Human Rights, Civil Liberties & Public Law
CPD Points:
Up to 1 point. details »

Due to the difference in guidelines between the SRA and the Bar Standards Board, CPD points are awarded differently for Solicitors, Barristers and Legal Executives:

Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority:
Listen and pass the quiz: Gain 1 CPD point (60 minutes)
Listen only, gain ½ a CPD point (30 minutes)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board:
Listen and pass the quiz: Gain 1 accredited CPD point (60 minutes)

Regulated by ILEX:
Listen and pass the quiz: Gain 1 CPD point (60 minutes)
Listen only, gain ½ a CPD point (30 minutes)

  • FREE
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
Plays on Computer:
Yes Downloadable as MP3:    Yes
Course Aims:

This podcast aims to inform the listener of the current state of the law with regards to what is within the concept of "disability" in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and what is not

It also aims to engage the listener in active debate over whether the current interpretation of the definition is satisfactory, and to detail the difficulties that have faced the courts in interpreting the definition within the Act

After completing the course you will:
  • Be up to date with the current law on the definition of "disability" under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995;
  • Be aware of the issues that have faced the courts in interpreting this statutory definition;
  • Understand how well this definition works in practice.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Case Update
Legislative Updates
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995;
  • Disability Discrimination Act 2005;
  • Disability Discrimination (Meaning of Disability) Regulations 1996;
  • Rugamer v Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd; McNicol v Balfour Beatty Rail Maintenance Ltd [2002] ICR 381;
  • College of Ripon & York St John v Hobbs [2002] IRLR 185;
  • Chacon Navas v Eurest Collectividades SA [2006] IRLR 706;
  • Ekpe v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [2001] IRLR 605;
  • Vicary v British Telecommunications plc [1999] IRLR 680;
  • Paterson v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [2007] IRLR 763;
  • Woodrup v London Borough of Southwark [2003] IRLR 111;
  • Cosgrove v Northern Ireland Ambulance Service [2007] IRLR 397;
  • Swift v Chief Constable of Wiltshire Constabulary [2004] ICR 909;
  • McDougall v Richmond Adult Community College [2008] EWCA Civ 4;
  • Murray v Newham Citizens Advice Bureau Ltd [2003] IRLR 340;
  • Edmund Nuttall Ltd v Butterfield [2005] IRLR 751.

This podcast discusses the definition given to the term "disability" by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. It analyses how the courts have interpreted the Act, and highlights the issues that practitioners should be particularly aware of when dealing with a claim under the Act.

Podcast added: 27/03/09 Podcast last reviewed: 28/06/2010

NB: The legislative basis to the case law in this podcast pre-dates the enactment of the Equality Act 2010. Practitioners may still find it useful but should exercise caution.

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-07-25

Start this CPDcast Activity

© CPDcast.com