Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd and Others: SC 10 Oct 2018

The court considered whether a power of appeal to the existed.
Held: A power did exist under FETO, and the CANI having mistakenly excluded a power to appeal the Supreme Court could nevertheless hear it. Both appeals were allowed.
Lady Hale, President, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Hodge, Lady Black
[2018] UKSC 49, [2019] NI 96, [2019] 1 All ER 1, [2018] WLR(D) 648, [2018] 3 WLR 1294, [2018] HRLR 22, 45 BHRC 440, UKSC 2017/0020
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Northern Ireland Act 1998 Sch 10 34, County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980 61(1), Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 42(6), Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998, Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006
Northern Ireland
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Updated: 27 September 2021; Ref: scu.625428