D and J Nicol v Dundee Harbour Trustees: HL 10 Dec 1914

Whether a corporation created by a statute has a particular power depends exclusively on whether that power has been expressly given to it by the statute regulating it, or can be implied from the language used.
Lord Dunedin declared: ‘By the law of Scotland a litigant, and in particular a pursuer, must always qualify title and interest. Though the phrase ‘title to sue’ has been a heading under which cases have been collected from at least the time of Morison’s Dictionary and Brown’s Synopsis, I am not aware that anyone of authority has risked a definition of what constitutes title to sue. I am not disposed to do so, but I think that it may fairly be said that for a person to have such title he must be a party (using the word in its widest sense) to some legal relation which gives him some right which the person against whom he raises the action either infringes or denies.’
Lord Dunedin
1915 SC (HL) 7, [1915] AC 550, (1914) 2 SLT 418, [1914] UKHL 4
Bailii
Scotland
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Updated: 17 March 2021; Ref: scu.447658