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Yes minister, but 
audi alteram partem

The Court of Appeal's guidance on lobbying by MPs is a must read for ministers exercising a quasi-judicial function, says Isabella Tafur

8 August 2016

It is a fundamental principle of English common law that
a decision-maker should listen to, and take into account, both sides of an argument.
This principle is encapsulated
in the Latin phrase audi alteram partem, or 'Let the other side
be heard as well'.

It is also a maxim with which Andrea Leadsom MP and Karl Hopkins MP will no doubt be very familiar, following the Court of Appeal judgment in Broadview Energy Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWCA Civ 562.

The case concerned a proposal to erect a wind farm in the district of South Northamptonshire. There was strong local opposition to the proposal and Sir Eric Pickles MP, the then secretary of state
for communities and local government, elected to 'recover' the matter for determination by himself. Following a two-week inquiry in October 2013, the inspector recomme...

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