April 18th, 2024 by James Goudie KC

In R ( BMA ) v HM TREASURY ( 2024 ) EWCA Civ 355 Elisabeth Laing LJ says at paras 159 – 161 that where there is a legislative scheme that imposes substantial express duties of consultation and the legislation has expressly addressed the exact nature and precise incidence of the duty the Court should be “ very reluctant “ to supplement the scheme with extra consultation obligations unless there is a “ clear legal basis “ for their imposition. At para 160 she says that PLANTAGENET ALLIANCE at para95 is an accurate statement of the circumstances in which a duty to consult will be imposed by the common law.

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