Subject: English Legal System
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  1. Airedale Hospital Trustees v Bland (BAILII: [1993] UKHL 17 ) [1993] 2 WLR 316, [1993] 1 All ER 821, [1993] AC 789
  2. Albert v Lavin (BAILII: [1981] UKHL 6 ) [1982] AC 456
  3. Alderson v Booth [1969] 2 QB 216 (ICLR) DC
  4. Associated Provincial Picture Houses Ltd v Wednesbury Corp (BAILII: [1947] EWCA Civ 1 ) [1947] 2 All ER 680, [1948] 1 KB 223
  5. Bannister v SGB Plc & Ors (BAILII: [1997] EWCA Civ 1524 ) [1997] 4 All ER 129; [1998] 1 WLR 1123; (1997) 147 NLJ 685
  6. Behrens v Bertram Mills Circus Ltd [1957] 2 QB 1 (ICLR).
  7. Black Clawson International Ltd v Papierwerke AG (BAILII: [1975] UKHL 2 ) [1975] AC 591
  8. Bourne v Norwich Crematorium Ltd [1967] 1 WLR 691 (ICLR).
  9. Boys v Chaplin (BAILII: [1967] EWCA Civ 3 ) [1968] 1 All ER 283, [1968] 2 WLR 328, [1968] 2 QB 1
  10. Brazil v Chief Constable of Surrey [1983] 3 All ER 537; [1983] 1 WLR 1155 (ICLR) QBD
  11. Brogan & Ors v. United Kingdom - 11209/84 (BAILII: [1989] ECHR 9 ) (1991) 13 EHRR 439
  12. Brogan v United Kingdom (BAILII: [1988] ECHR 24 ) (1988) 11 EHRR 117
  13. Brutus v Cozens (BAILII: [1972] UKHL 6 ) [1973] AC 854
  14. Caparo Industries Plc v Dickman & Ors (BAILII: [1990] UKHL 2 ) [1990] 2 AC 605, [1990] 1 All ER 568
  15. Cassell & Co Ltd v Broome (No.1) (BAILII: [1972] UKHL 3 ) [1972] 2 WLR 645, [1972] AC 1027
  16. Chan Wai Tong v Li Ping Sum (Hong Kong) (BAILII: [1984] UKPC 49 ) [1985] 1 LLR 87, [1985] 2 WLR 396, [1985] AC 446, [1985] 1 Lloyd's Rep 87
  17. Chic Fashions (West Wales) Ltd v Jones (BAILII: [1967] EWCA Civ 4 ) [1968] 2 QB 299, [1968] 1 All ER 229, (1968) 132 JP 175, [1968] 2 WLR 201
  18. Chilton v Saga Holidays Plc (BAILII: [1984] EWCA Civ 1 ) [1986] BTLC 11, [1986] 1 All ER 841
  19. Christie v Leachinsky (BAILII: [1947] UKHL 2 ) [1947]1 All ER 567, [1947] AC 573, 63 TLR 231, (1947) 111 JP 224
  20. Clark & Ors v. General Accident Fire & Ors (BAILII: [1998] UKHL 36 ) [1998] 4 All ER 417; [1998] WLR 1647
  21. Costa v ENEL (Jurisdiction of the Court) (BAILII: [1964] EUECJ C-6/64 )
  22. Cutts v Head (BAILII: [1983] EWCA Civ 8 ) [1984] 2 WLR 349, [1984] Ch 290, [1984] 1 All ER 597
  23. Davis v Johnson (BAILII: [1978] UKHL 1 ) [1978] 2 WLR 553, [1979] AC 264
  24. Defrenne v SABENA (No2) (equal pay) (BAILII: [1976] EUECJ C-43/75 ) [1976] ICR 547, [1976] ECR 455
  25. Donoghue v Stevenson (BAILII: [1932] UKHL 3 ) [1932] AC 562
  26. DPP v Morgan (BAILII: [1975] UKHL 3 ) [1976] AC 182
  27. Duport Steels Ltd v Sirs [1980] 1 WLR 142 (ICLR).
  28. Dyson Holdings Ltd v Fox (BAILII: [1975] EWCA Civ 8 ) [1976] QB 503
  29. Ealing London Borough Council v Race Relations Board (BAILII: [1971] UKHL 3 ) [1972] 2 WLR 71, [1972] AC 342
  30. Entick v Carrington & Ors (BAILII: [1765] EWHC KB J98 ) 95 ER 807, (1765) 19 St Tr 1030, [1558-1774] All ER Rep 41
  31. Farrell v Alexander (BAILII: [1976] UKHL 5 ) [1977] AC 59
  32. Fisher v Oldham Corpn [1930] 2 KB 364 (ICLR); 28 LGR 293; 29 Cox CC KB
  33. Fothergill v Monarch Airlines Ltd (BAILII: [1980] UKHL 6 ) [1981] AC 251, [1980] 3 WLR 209
  34. Francovich v Italy (C6/90) (BAILII: [1991] EUECJ C-6/90 ) (ECJ) [1991] ECR I-5357, [1993] 2 CMLR 66, [1992] IRLR 84, [1995] ICR 722, Case C-6/90
  35. Ghani v Jones [1970] 1 QB 693 (ICLR); [1969] 3 All ER 1700; [1969] 3 WLR 1158 (ICLR); (1969) 113 SJ 854
  36. Golder v United Kingdom (BAILII: [1975] ECHR 1 ) (1979-80) 1 EHRR 524, (1975) 1 EHRR 524, 1 EHRR 524
  37. Gurney (HM Inspector of Taxes) v Petch (BAILII: [1994] EWCA Civ 27 ) [1994] STI 678, [1994] STC 689 66
  38. Hambrook v Stokes [1925] 1 KB 141 (ICLR); 132 LT 707 CA
  39. Hedley Byrne & Co v Heller and Partners Ltd (BAILII: [1963] UKHL 4 ) [1963] 1 Lloyd's Rep 485, [1964] AC 465, [1963] 3 WLR 101, [1963] 2 All ER 575
  40. Heydon's Case (BAILII: [1584] EWHC Exch J36 ) 76 ER 637, Pasch 26 Eliz
  41. HP Bulmer Ltd & Anor v J. Bollinger SA & Ors (BAILII: [1974] EWCA Civ 14 ) [1974] 2 All ER 1226, [1974] Ch 401, [1974] 3 WLR 202
  42. Inco Europe Ltd v First Choice (BAILII: [2000] UKHL 15 ) [2000] 1 WLR 586
  43. Interfoto Picture Library Ltd v Stiletto Visual Programmes Ltd (BAILII: [1987] EWCA Civ 6 ) [1988] 1 All ER 348, [1989] QB 433
  44. Internationale Handelsgesellschaft mbH v Einfuhr (Uniformity and Efficacy of Community Law) (BAILII: [1970] EUECJ C-11/70 ) [1972] CMLR 255
  45. Islwyn Borough Council & Anor v Newport Borough Council (BAILII: [1993] EWCA Civ 28 ) 158 LG Rev 501
  46. James Buchanan and Co v Babco Forwarding and Shipping (UK) Limited (BAILII: [1976] EWCA Civ 9 ) [1977] QB 208
  47. Jeffrey v Black [1978] QB 490 (ICLR); [1978] 1 All ER 555; [1977] 3 WLR 895 (ICLR); 66 Cr App Rep 81 DC
  48. Jones v National Coal Board [1957] 2 QB 55 (ICLR); [1957] 2 All ER 155; [1957] 2 WLR 760 (ICLR) CA
  49. Keppel Bus Company Ltd v Ahmad (Singapore) (BAILII: [1974] UKPC 2 ) [1974] RTR 504;17 KIR 90;[1974] 1 WLR 1082;[1974] 2 All ER 700
  50. Khorasandjian v Bush (BAILII: [1993] EWCA Civ 18 ) [1993] 3 WLR 476, [1993] 2 FLR 66, [1993] 3 All ER 669, [1993] Fam Law 679, [1993] QB 727
  51. Kleinwort Benson v Lincoln City Council (BAILII: [1998] UKHL 38 ) [1999] 2 AC 349; [1998] 4 All ER 513; [1998] 3 WLR 1095
  52. Ladd v Marshall (BAILII: [1954] EWCA Civ 1 )[1954] 3 All ER 745; [1954] 1 WLR 1489
  53. Lindley v Rutter [1981] QB 128 (ICLR); [1980] 3 WLR 660 (ICLR); (1980) 124 SJ 792 DC
  54. Lodwick v Sanders [1985] 1 All ER 577; [1985] 1 WLR 382 (ICLR); [1985] RTR 385; (1985) 80 Cr App Rep 304 DC
  55. London Street Tramways Co Ltd v London County Council (BAILII: [1898] UKHL 1 ) [1898] AC 375
  56. Long v Lloyd (BAILII: [1958] EWCA Civ 3 )[1958] 1 WLR 753;[1958] 2 All ER 402
  57. Malone v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [1979] Ch. 344; [1979] 2 WLR 700 (ICLR) Ch D
  58. Mandla (Sewa Singh) v Dowell Lee (BAILII: [1982] UKHL 7 ) [1983] IRLR 209, [1983] 2 WLR 620, [1983] 2 AC 548, [1983] ICR 385, [1983] 1 All ER 1062
  59. Marleasing SA v La Comercial Internacional de Alimentacion SA (C-106/89) (BAILII: [1990] EUECJ C-106/89 ) C-106/89, ECJ, [1992] 1 CMLR 305, [1993] BCC 421, [1990] ECR 4135, [1990] ECR I-4135
  60. Marshall v Southampton and South-West Hampshire AHA (No.1) (C152/84) (BAILII: [1986] EUECJ R-152/84 ) [1986] IRLR 140, Case R-152/84, [1986] 2 WLR 780, [1986] ECR 723, [1986] QB 401, [1986] 1 CMLR 688, [1986] ICR 335, [1986] 2 All ER 584
  61. McBoyle v US 283 US 25 (1931)
  62. McFarlane v E. E. Caledonia Ltd (BAILII: [1993] EWCA Civ 13 ) [1994] 1 LLR 16, [1994] 1 Lloyd's Rep 16
  63. McLeod v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (BAILII: [1994] EWCA Civ 2 ) [1994] 4 All ER 553
  64. McLoughlin v O'Brian (BAILII: [1982] UKHL 3 ) [1983] 1 AC 410, [1982] 2 All ER 298, [1982] 2 WLR 982
  65. Michaels v Taylor Woodrow Developments Ltd. (BAILII: [2000] EWHC Ch 178 ) [2001] Ch 493; [2001] 2 WLR 224; [2000] 4 All ER 645
  66. Milchkontor v Haupzollamt Saarbrucken (Interpretation of the Court of Justice Binding) (BAILII: [1969] EUECJ C-29/68 ) [1969] CMLR 390, [1969] ECR 165
  67. Morelle Ltd v Wakeling (BAILII: [1955] EWCA Civ 1 )[1955] 2 QB 379; [1955] 2 WLR 672
  68. Motherwell v Motherwell [1976] 73 DLR 3d 62
  69. Noble v Southern Railway Company (BAILII: [1940] UKHL 1 ) [1940] AC 583
  70. Noor Mohamed v R [1949] AC 182 (ICLR); [1949] 1 All ER 365; 93 Sol Jo 180; 65 TLR 134 PC
  71. Oliver Ashworth (Holdings) Ltd v Ballard (Kent) Ltd (BAILII: [1999] EWCA Civ 1027 ) [2000] Ch 12, [1999] 2 All ER 791
  72. Olutu v Home Office & Anor (BAILII: [1996] EWCA Civ 1070 ) [1997] 1 WLR 328, [1997] 1 All ER 385
  73. Palmer v Simmonds (BAILII: [1970] UKPC 2 ) (1971) 55 Cr App R 223;[1971] AC 814;[1971] 1 All ER 1077;[1971] 2 WLR 831
  74. Pepper (Inspector of Taxes) v Hart (BAILII: [1992] UKHL 3 ) [1993] AC 593
  75. Pickstone v Freemans Plc (BAILII: [1988] UKHL 2 ) [1988] 3 CMLR 221, [1988] 3 WLR 265, [1988] 2 All ER 803, [1988] ICR 697 [1988] IRLR 357, [1989] AC 66
  76. Practice Direction Clerks to the Justices [1981] 1 WLR 1163 (ICLR) QBD
  77. Practice Statement HL Judicial Precedent [1966] 1 WLR 1234 (ICLR); [1966] 2 Lloyd's Rep 151; 110 SJ 584 HL
  78. R v Burstow; R v Ireland (BAILII: [1997] UKHL 34 ) [1998] 1 Cr App Rep 177, [1997] 3 WLR 534, [1997] 4 All ER 225, [1998] AC 147
  79. R v Central Criminal Court, ex p. (BAILII: [1996] UKHL 11 ) [1996] AC 616, [1996] 2 All ER 705, [1996] 2 WLR  675
  80. R v Chandler (BAILII: [1964] EWCA Crim 1 )
  81. R v Chandler (No 2) [1964] 2 QB 322 (ICLR); [1964] 1 All ER 761; [1964] 2 WLR 689 CA
  82. R v Crown Court at Sheffield, ex p. Brownlow [1980] QB 530 (ICLR) CA
  83. R v Fulling (BAILII: [1987] EWCA Crim 4 ) [1987] 2 All ER 65, [1987] 2 WLR 923, [1987] QB 426, (1987) 85 Cr App Rep 136
  84. R v Gould (BAILII: [1968] EWCA Crim 1 )
  85. R v Governor of Winchester Prison, ex p. Roddie [1991] 2 All ER 931; [1991] 1 WLR 303 (ICLR); (1991) 93 Cr App R 190 QBD
  86. R v Greater Manchester Coroner, ex p. Tal [1985] 1 QB 67 (ICLR)
  87. R v Heron (BAILII: [1982] UKHL 9 ) [1982] 1 All ER 993
  88. R v Horseferry Road Magistrates Court, ex p. Bennett (No. 1) (BAILII: [1993] UKHL 10 ) [1994] AC 42, [1993] 3 WLR 90
  89. R v Kansal (No 2) (BAILII: [2001] UKHL 62 ) [2002] UKHRR 169, [2002] 1 All ER 257, [2002] HRLR 9, [2002] BPIR 370, [2002] 1 Cr App R 36, [2002] 2 AC 69, [2001] 3 WLR 1562
  90. R v Khan (Sultan) (BAILII: [1996] UKHL 14 ) [1996] 3 WLR 162, [1997] AC 558, [1996] 3 All ER 289
  91. R v Latif (BAILII: [1996] UKHL 16 ) [1996] 1 All ER 353, [1996] 1 WLR 104, [1996] Crim LR 92
  92. R v Maginnis (BAILII: [1987] UKHL 4 ) [1987] AC 303
  93. R v McKenna [1960] 1 QB 411 (ICLR); [1960] 1 All ER 326; [1960] 2 WLR 306 (ICLR); 44 Cr App Rep 63 CA
  94. R v Nottingham Justices, ex p. Davies [1981] QB 38 (ICLR); [1980] 2 All ER 775; [1980] 3 WLR 15 (ICLR) DC
  95. R v R (BAILII: [1991] UKHL 12 )[1992] 1 AC 599; [1991] 3 WLR 767; [1991] 4 All ER 481; (1992) 94 Cr App R 216; (1991) 155 JP 989; [1992] 1 FLR 217
  96. R v Samuel [1988] QB 615 (ICLR); [1988] 2 All ER 135; [1988] 2 WLR 920 (ICLR); 87 Cr App Rep 232 (CA)
  97. R v Sang (BAILII: [1979] UKHL 3 ) [1980] AC 402, [1979] 3 WLR 263
  98. R v Secretary of State for Transport, ex p. Factortame Ltd (No.2) (213/89) (BAILII: [1990] EUECJ C-213/89 ) [1990] 2 Lloyd's Rep 351;[1990] ECR I-2433;[1990] 3 CMLR 1;[1990] 2 Lloyds Rep 351
  99. R v Sheffield Justices, ex p. Turner [1991] 2 QB 472 (ICLR) QBD
  100. R v Spencer (BAILII: [1987] UKHL 2 ) [1986] 3 WLR 348, [1987] AC 128, 83 Cr App Rep 277, [1986] 2 All ER 928
  101. Reynolds v Metropolitan Police Commissioner (BAILII: [1982] EWCA Civ 7 ) [1982] Crim LR 600
  102. Rickards v Rickards (BAILII: [1989] EWCA Civ 8 ) [1989] 3 WLR 748, [1990] 1 FLR 125, [1989] 3 All ER 193, [1990] Fam 194
  103. River Wear Commissioners v Adamson (1876-77) L.R. 2 App Cas 743
  104. Rondel v Worsley (BAILII: [1967] UKHL 5 ) [1967] 3 All ER 993, [1969] 1 AC 191, [1967] 3 WLR 1666
  105. Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom v Department of Health and Social Security (BAILII: [1980] UKHL 10 ) [1981] 1 All ER 545, [1981] AC 800, [1981] 2 WLR 279
  106. Rush & Tompkins Ltd v Greater London Council (BAILII: [1988] UKHL 7 ) [1988] 3 All ER 737, [1989] AC 1280
  107. Shaw v DPP (BAILII: [1961] UKHL 1 ) [1962] AC 220
  108. Smith v Hughes [1960] 1 WLR 830 (ICLR); [1960] 2 All ER 859 QBD
  109. Stilk v Myrick (BAILII: [1809] EWHC KB J58 ) 170 ER 1168
  110. Thomas v Sawkins [1935] 2 KB 249 (ICLR); 30 Cox CC 265 KB
  111. Vacher & Sons Ltd v London Society of Compositors (BAILII: [1912] UKHL 3 ) [1913] AC 107 HL
  112. Van Duyn v Home Office (C41/74) (BAILII: [1974] EUECJ R-41/74 ) [1974] ECR 1337, [1975] Ch 358, Case C-41/74, Case R-41/74, [1975] 3 All ER 190, [1975] 2 WLR 760
  113. Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen (C26/62) (BAILII: [1963] EUECJ R-26/62 ) [1963] CMLR 105, [1963] ECR 1, Case R26/62
  114. Von Colson & Anor v Land Nordrhein-Westfalen (BAILII: [1984] EUECJ R-14/83 ) Case C-14/83, [1984] ECR 1891, [1986] 2 CMLR 430
  115. Warwickshire County Council v Johnson (BAILII: [1991] UKHL 11 ) [1993] AC 583, [1993] All ER 299
  116. Waugh v British Railways Board (BAILII: [1979] UKHL 2 ) [1980] AC 521, [1979] 3 WLR 150, [1979] 2 All ER 1169
  117. Wilkinson v Downton [1897] 2 QB 57 (ICLR) QBD
  118. Williams v Roffey Bros & Nicholls (Contractors) Ltd (BAILII: [1989] EWCA Civ 5 ) 10 Tr LR 12, [1991] 1 QB 1, [1990] 2 WLR 1153, 48 BLR 69 (1991), [1990] 1 All ER 512
  119. Wrexham Maelor Borough Council v Macdougall & Ors (BAILII: [1993] EWCA Civ 24 ) [1993] NPC 60, [1993] EGCS 68, [1993] 49 EG 115

This list was updated on 19 January 2008 in order to form links to any listed judgments/decisions that have been recently added to BAILII.