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Gillies v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2006] UKHL 2

By Oxbridge Law TeamUpdated 04/01/2024 07:00

Judgement for the case Gillies v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

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  • Plaintiff claimed that a disability benefits appeal tribunal was biased because it included a doctor who for many years had prepared reports for the benefits agency.

  • HL denied that there was a real possibility of bias and rejected the claim for judicial review.

  • The issue in law was whether a fair-minded and informed observer, having considered the facts, would conclude that there was a real possibility that the medical member of the disability appeal tribunal would not evaluate reports by other examining medical practitioners objectively and impartially against the other evidence.

  • This was not shown to be the case on the facts. 

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