Chris Milsom to appear in Court of Appeal in landmark case

Specialist employment and equality law barrister Chris Milsom will appear in the court of appeal this week.

He acts for a disabled student seeking a reappraisal of council tax Regulations which fail to recognise hours of study provided by way of reasonable adjustments. Students enrolled on courses which “normally require” at least 21 hours of study are exempt from paying council tax: should hours afforded by a university of additional support as reasonable adjustments be included? In a case described by Lewison LJ as raising “important points of principle about the status of disabled students,” the Appellant contends that the Council Tax (Discount Disregards Order) 1992 must be read so as to accord with the Human Rights Act 1998, the UN Disability Convention and EU law.