*R (on the application of Project Management Institute) v Minister for the Cabinet Office and others

Crown – Prerogative. The present case was the first time that the grant or refusal of a Royal Charter had been the subject of litigation. The claimant issued judicial review proceedings, seeking to prevent the interested party being granted a Royal Charter. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the bare proposition that the government might profit from the decision did not mean that it had to be set aside on the ground of apparent bias and the allegation of predetermination was ill-founded. Further, the consequences for the claimant of the grant of a Royal Charter did not satisfy the test of qualification as a subject for judicial review.

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