‘Please give up this space if needed for a wheelchair user’

Case note: FirstGroup Plc (Respondent) v Paulley (Appellant) [2017] UKSC 4.

The driver on a bus has to take further steps than a mere request to give way to ensure a wheelchair user can get on. This seems obvious and fair enough until it is noted the request also applies to buggies occupying the space.

Facts of the case are a wheelchair user was left behind at a stop because the space, with the notice ‘Please give up this space if needed for a wheelchair user’, was occupied by a buggy with a sleeping baby.

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Pupillage Gateway

Gentle reminder that the dates for applications through the Pupillage Gateway has changed. The Pupillage Gateway for 2017 is officially open for Pupillage commencing 2018 – Pupillage Gateway .


The site is very user friendly so give yourself plenty of time to go through all the information contained there.

Notes to remember:

  1. All advertisements go through the Gateway but some Chambers do not recruit via the gateway. Consider the different dates for these Chambers.
  2. The deadline to submit is 7 February 2017, time is 11.00am.
  3. If you have not applied for a place on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for  Autumn 2017, the deadline is on 11 January 2017 – yes 2 days!.

All the best in your applications – do take time to read over 100 times!

Please share with anyone of interest.

The contents of this post should not be taken as legal advice.

Happy New Year!

Thank you to all the new subscribers since the last post – welcome & Happy New Year!

I hope you had a truly wonderful Christmas.

My hope and prayer over all is for a 2017 filled with joy, hope, warmth, love and fulfilled promises.


Thanks for all your support this year. I finally started my blog and it is extremely humbling to visit the ‘stats’ to see readers from countries all over the world!

Nature demands that we believe in seasons. People frown on New Year’s Resolutions but it is always healthy and wise to assess your life and make new goals and plans. May it encourage you that actually it was true all along – anything is possible.

I was reminded this week that I am not super woman but 2016 was truly a great season for me & I am grateful, thank You LORD. Some highlights (goals that were set early in the year) for me included (please see the previous posts):

  • A wonderful man went down on one knee and asked me to marry him – I said yes!
  • Got to go home twice, including Christmas!
  • Still pursuing a law degree.
  • Traveled to Belarus as the first St. Lucian (passport) and won the ‘Best Speaker’ award at an international mooting competition.
  • I FINALLY let my natural hair go free – so proud of myself for this one!
  • I have done more reading on success.

Let us all dream our Biggest as we set new goals for 2017 – we’ve got this!


Summer laughs! | Strange laws?

‘IDIOT’ – What satisfies this requirement though | Is it an objective test?

Strange law #3.
I shared this post over summer. What would be the most difficult law for you to adhere to?


As the heat finally peaked in the UK, sleeveless in London, finally…, I read this story in the paper and thought it would be fun to do a piece highlighting some strange or funny laws around the world. Or shall we simply call them interesting?

These are the laws. Have fun looking up the reasons they exist…

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  1. In Iceland you must choose your child’s name from a fixed list, the Personal Names Register. The girl named ‘Girl’. 
  2. In Switzerland, you should not wash your car on a Sunday.
  3. In Rhode Island, a union can be considered invalid under the grounds that the party is deemed to be, collectively, an idiot or a lunatic.
  4. In Germany you should not run out of gas on the highway.
  5. In the Philippines divorce is illegal and you can also get arrested for ‘unjust vexation’.
  6. In Thailand it is illegal to step on money.

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