Regina v Panel on Takeovers and Mergers ex parte Guinness Plc: CA 1989

The court asked about the standard of decision making at which a court could intervene: ‘Irrationality, at least in the sense of failing to take account of relevant factors or taking account of irrelevant factors, is a difficult concept in the context of a body which is itself charged with the duty of making a judgment on what is and what is not relevant, although clearly a theoretical scenario could be constructed in which the panel acted on the basis of considerations which on any view must have been irrelevant or ignored something which on any view must have been relevant.’ and Lloyd LJ: ‘Such questions are to be answered not by reference to Wednesbury unreasonableness, but ‘in accordance with the principles of fair procedure which have been developed over the years and of which the courts are the author and sole judge”


Lord Donaldson MR, Lloyd LJ


[1990] 1 QB 146, [1989] 1 All ER 509


England and Wales

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CitedLand and others v the Executive Counsel of the Joint Disciplinary Scheme QBD 15-Oct-2002
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CitedAssociated Newspapers Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v Rt Hon Lord Justice Leveson Admn 20-Jan-2012
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Judicial Review, Administrative

Updated: 24 July 2022; Ref: scu.180650