Iteshi v The General Council of the Bar - Funded pupillages rule is not indirect race discrimination  EAT
Bar Council rule requiring that pupillages must be paid is not indirectly discriminatory against pupils of Black African origin - the rule is applied to barrister's chambers, not to individual pupils.
Mr Iteshi, a black African, attempted to gain a pupilage in barristers' chambers in London. He made 150 applications but had no success. Without a pupillage he could not qualify as a barrister. The respondent, the Bar Council, performs regulatory functions in respect of the profession through the Bar Standards Board. The Board issues practising certificates to barristers but this can only be done upon the completion of a period of pupilage.