The claimant telecoms companies objected to a proposed scheme for future licensing of available spectrum. The scheme anticipated a bias in favour of auctioniung such content. It was not agreed whether any challenge to the decision should be by way of appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal or by judicial review. The CAT had declined jurisdiction. The question now was whether judicial review rovided a satisfactory means of appeal.
Held: The proposal was subject to judicial review, and that remedy was sufficient to satisfy European law. ‘It is not the function of a statutory tribunal to impugn statutory instruments or regulations made pursuant to statutory powers. Challenges to these are classically matters for JR and that is so in the case of the Award.’ The European case law was neutral on this topic.
Tuckey LJ, Jacob LJ, Sir William Aldous
 EWCA Civ 1373, Times 18-Dec-2008
Supreme Court Act 1981 31, Directive 2002/21/EC (Framework Directive)
England and Wales
Cited – Regina (Daly) v Secretary of State for the Home Department HL 23-May-2001
A prison policy requiring prisoners not to be present when their property was searched and their mail was examined was unlawful. The policy had been introduced after failures in search procedures where officers had been intimidated by the presence . .
Cited – Begum (otherwise SB), Regina (on the Application of) v Denbigh High School HL 22-Mar-2006
The student, a Muslim wished to wear a full Islamic dress, the jilbab, but this was not consistent with the school’s uniform policy. She complained that this interfered with her right to express her religion.
Held: The school’s appeal . .
Cited – Unibet (London) Ltd, Unibet (International) Ltd v Justitie-kanslern (Freedom To Provide Services) ECJ 13-Mar-2007
(Grand Chamber) Principle of judicial protection National legislation not providing for a self-standing action to challenge the compatibility of a national provision with Community law Procedural autonomy Principles of equivalence and effectiveness . .
Cited – Unibet (London) Ltd, Unibet (International) Ltd v Justitie-kanslern (Freedom To Provide Services) ECJ 30-Nov-2006
CJEU Effective judicial protection of Community law rights – National rules not providing for self-standing application for annulment of national legislation conflicting with Community law – Right to interim . .
Cited – Mobistar SA v Institut belge des services postaux et des telecommunications (IBPT) (Approximation Of Laws) ECJ 13-Jul-2006
ECJ Telecommunications – Mobile telephony – Number portability – Per-line or per-number set-up costs for the provision of number portability – Article 30 of Directive 2002/22/EC (Universal Service Directive) – . .
Cited – JB, Regina (on the Application of) v Responsible Medicial Officer, Dr Haddock CA 11-Jul-2006
JB challenged his detention under the 1983 Act.
Held: The judicial review procedure afforded a sufficient appeal procedure for a detainee. . .
Cited – Office of Fair Trading and others v IBA Health Limited CA 19-Feb-2004
The OFT had considered whether it was necessary to refer a merger between two companies to the Competition Commission, and decided against. The Competition Appeal Tribunal held that the proposed merger should have been referred. The OFT and parties . .
Cited – Regina (Wilkinson) v Broadmoor Special Hospital and Others CA 22-Oct-2001
A detained mental patient sought to challenge a decision by his RMO that he should receive anti-psychotic medication, despite his refusal to consent, and to challenge a certificate issued by the SOAD.
Held: Where a mental patient sought to . .
Cited – Regina v Secretary of State Employment, ex parte Equal Opportunities Commission and Another HL 4-Mar-1994
The Equal Opportunities Commission sought judicial review to test whether English employment law was in breach of EC law where threshold conditionsions for part time workers to make unfair dismissal and redundancy law claims were discriminatory.
Cited – Connect Austria Gesellschaft fur Telekommunikation GmbH v Telekom-Control-Kommission, intervener: Mobilkom Austria AG, ECJ 22-May-2003
Europa Telecommunications – Mobile telecommunications services – Article 5a(3) of Directive 90/387/EEC – Appeal to an independent body against a decision of the national regulatory authority – Articles 82 EC and . .
Cited – Barber v Staffordshire County Council CA 29-Jan-1996
A dismissal of a claim without consideration by the tribunal created an issue estoppel. Issue estoppel rules apply equally to Industrial Tribunal decisions as elsewhere. Redundancy claim once withdrawn on one ground could not be revived on another. . .
Cited – Manson v Ministry of Defence CA 4-Nov-2005
Cited – Impact v Minister for Agriculture and Food ECJ 15-Apr-2008
ECJ Grand Chamber – Fixed-term employment – Directive 1999/70/EC – Framework agreement on fixed-term work – Abuse through use of successive fixed – term employment contracts – Civil and public servants – . .
Lists of cited by and citing cases may be incomplete.
Judicial Review, Licensing, Commercial, European
Updated: 09 November 2021; Ref: scu.278674