Regina v Panel of Takeovers and Mergers ex parte Fayed: CA 1992

Steyn LJ said of the reviewability of decisions of the Director of Public Prosecutions: ‘. . it seems to me that, in the absence of evidence of fraud, corruption or mala fides, judicial review will not be allowed to probe its decision to charge individuals in criminal proceedings. The law must take a practical view of the limits of judicial review. It would be unworkable to extend judicial review into this field.’
Neill LJ said that the court has a discretion to stay civil proceedings until related criminal proceedings have been determined: ‘It is clear that the court has power to intervene to prevent injustice where the continuation of one set of proceedings may prejudice the fairness of the trial of other proceedings . . But it ‘is a power which has to be exercised with great care and only where there is a real risk of serious prejudice which may lead to injustice.’


Steyn LJ, Neill LJ


[1992] BCC 524


England and Wales

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CitedJJ Management Consulting Llp and Others v Revenue and Customs CA 22-Jun-2020
HMRC has power to conduct informal investigation
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Judicial Review, Criminal Practice

Updated: 09 December 2022; Ref: scu.651923