The highest ever race discrimination award of £814,877 was set aside by the Court of Appeal on the basis that the British Medical Association had neither indirectly racially discriminated against nor victimised the claimant by failing to support his claim against the Royal College of Surgeons.

The Tribunal had awarded the claimant damages for the loss of a 50 per cent chance of re-establishing his career and they had attributed this loss to the BMA’s failure to support his claim. The claimant later pursued his claim against the medical regulatory authorities, with the support of the BMA, and lost. The Court therefore concluded that the claimant “had no chance of putting his career right” and thus had not suffered any loss due to the BMA’s previous lack of support. British Medical Association v Chaudhary