Bulmer (HP) Ltd v Bollinger SA: CA 1974

The plaintiff complained that the respondent had described its drink ‘Babycham’ as a champagne perry, which it said was a misuse of the appellation ‘champagne’.
Held: The court considered the effect of European legislation on the law of England and Wales. Lord Denning MR said: ‘But when we come to matters with a European element, the treaty is like an incoming tide. It flows into the estuaries and up the rivers. It cannot be held back. Parliament has decreed that the treaty is henceforward to be part of our law. It is equal in force to any statute.’ Community instruments are not expressed against the background of English canons of construction and should not be so construed.


Lord Denning MR


[1974] 1 Ch 401, [1974] 3 WLR 202, [1974] 2 All ER 1226


England and Wales

Cited by:

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CitedRegina v Her Majesty’s Treasury, Ex parte Smedley CA 19-Dec-1984
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CitedJames Buchanan and Company Ltd v Babco Forwarding and Shipping (UK) Ltd CA 2-Dec-1976
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CitedVehicle and Operator Services Agency v Jones (Nell) Admn 5-Oct-2005
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European, Constitutional, Intellectual Property

Updated: 23 March 2022; Ref: scu.200469