In Perera v (1) The Civil Service Commission (2) The Department of Customs and Excise  IRLR 166 CA, the Court of Appeal held that an advertisement for a legal assistant that stated that candidates with a good command of the English language, experience in the UK and with British nationality would be at an advantage did not amount to a requirement or condition within the meaning of the Race Relations Act 1976, section 1(1)(b). To come within the Act the preference should be elevated to a requirement or "absolute bar" which has to be complied with.
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