Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2014] All ER (D) 241 (Jan)
Neutral Citation: [2014] EWHC 134 (Ch)
Court: Chancery Division

Mr Justice Peter Smith

Representation Peter Shaw (instructed by Speechly Bircham LLP) for the trustees.
  Jonathan Davey (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the respondents.
Judgment Dates: 30 January 2014


Unincorporated association - Dissolution - Application by trustees to dissolve association - Proceedings concerning Graphic Reproduction Federation - Membership and activities of federation being greatly reduced since 1987 - Claimant trustees of federation seeking declaration that federation being spontaneously dissolved between 1987 and present day, or alternatively, court to use inherent jurisdiction to dissolve federation - Whether declaration should be granted - Whether federation should be dissolved - CPR Pt 8.

The Case

Unincorporated association Dissolution. The Chancery Division considered an application by the trustees of the Graphic Reproduction Federation, who sought a declaration that the federation had been spontaneously dissolved at some stage between 1987 and the present day, or, alternatively, an order dissolving the federation pursuant to the court's inherent jurisdiction. The court held that, although the federation had not been dissolved, it was appropriate to make an order dissolving it.

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