High Court gives judgment about reasonable adjustments for British Sign Language speakers at the Covid-19 briefings.


Re: R (Rowley) v Minister for the Cabinet Office [2021] EWHC 2108 (Admin)

In this case, the court found that the Cabinet Office’s use of an in screen BSL service on the BBC, rather than an in person interpreter for the Covid-19 televised briefings, was and is lawful. The Cabinet Office had made a reasonable adjustment in providing this service and had complied with the Public Sector Equality Duty. The Court also found that the absence of any BSL provision for two specific scientific briefings in September and October 2020 was a historic breach of the duty to make reasonable adjustments.

Zoe Leventhal and Nathan Roberts were involved in this case.

The judgment can be accessed here.