Chief Adjudication Officer and Another v Maguire: CA 23 Mar 1999

A claimant who had satisfied the conditions required to become eligible for special hardship allowance but who had yet made no claim, retained his right to the allowance after the Act under which the claim might be brought was repealed. ‘A mere hope or expectation of acquiring a right is insufficient. An entitlement, however, even if inchoate or contingent, suffices. The fact that further steps may still be necessary to prove that the entitlement existed before repeal, or to prove its true extent, does not preclude it being regarded as a right . . [W]hether or not there is an acquired right depends upon whether at the date of repeal the claimant has an entitlement (at least contingent) to money or other certain benefit receivable by him, provided only that he takes all appropriate steps by way of notices and/or claims thereafter.’


Simon Brown LJ


Times 29-Mar-1999, Gazette 26-May-1999, [1999] EWCA Civ 1060, [1999] 1 WLR 1778




Interpretation Act 1978 16(1), Social Security Act 1975


England and Wales

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Updated: 30 May 2022; Ref: scu.145975