Modahl v British Athletic Federation Limited: CA 28 Jul 1997

Lord Woolf MR said: ‘The question of whether a complaint about the conduct of a disciplinary committee gives rise to a remedy in public law or private law or is often difficult to determine. However the complaint in both cases would be based on an allegation of unfairness. While in some situations public and private law principles can differ, I can see no reason why there should be any difference as to what constitutes unfairness or why the standard of fairness required by an implied term should differ from that required of the same tribunal under public law.’
Latham LJ referred to a number of the earlier authorities on the court’s power to grant remedies against domestic tribunals, and continued: ‘However this particular debate has been resolved, certainly in this court, in Nagle v Fielden . . in which the court unanimously held that, where a man’s right to work was in issue, a decision of a domestic body which affected that right could be the subject of a claim for a declaration and an injunction even where no contractual relationship could be established.”
Lord Woolf MR, Latham LJ
[1997] EWCA Civ 2209, [2002] 1 WLR 1192
England and Wales
Cited by:
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Updated: 23 April 2021; Ref: scu.142606