United Kingdom administrative law

United Kingdom administrative law is a branch of UK public law concerned with the composition, procedures, powers, duties, rights and liabilities of public bodies that administer public policies. [1] [2] The general principle is that a public official, or an "administrator must act fairly, reasonably and according to the law. That is the essence and the rest is mainly machinery." [3]


  • R v Glamorganshire Inhabitants (1700) 1 Ld Raym 580, review of rates levied by county justices to pay for bridge repairs
  • Local authorities
  • Poor Law guardians, public health boards, School Boards
  • Indian Councils Act 1909
  • Board of Education v Rice [1911] AC 179
  • Local Government Board v Arlidge [1915] AC 120
  • Moss Empires Ltd v Glasgow Assessor 1917 SC (HL)
  • (1927) Cmd 2842
  • Ridge v Baldwin [1964] AC 40, 72, Lord Reid, "We do not have a developed system of administrative law - perhaps because until fairly recently we did not need it".
  • Re Racal Communications Ltd [1981] AC 374, 382, Lord Diplock, the creation of "a rational and comprehensive system of administrative law" was "the greatest achievement of the English courts" in his judicial career.
  • R. v. North and East Devon Health Authority [1999], held that a disabled woman told by a health authority she would have a "home for life" in a facility had a substantive legitimate expectation the authority would not shut it down.
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