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Clubs & Societies

Clubs & Societies are not immune to disputes

Just like any business or individual, clubs can become embroiled in disputes. Our Commercial Dispute Resolution team has experience of acting on behalf of clubs.

We also have experience representing clubs in disputes between the club and members or former members.

Recent Cases

Innes -v- Wylie (1844) 1 Car & Kir 257
A club's power of expulsion must be exercised strictly in accordance with the club's rules governing expulsion.

Labouchere -v- Earl of Wharncliffe (1879) 13 ChD 346
Late service of the requisite notice of an expulsion committee meeting rendered the expulsion void.

GKN Bolts & Nuts Ltd (Automotive Division) Birmingham Works Sports and Social Club Leek -v- Donkersley [1982] 1 WLR 774
Despite notice of a resolution to dissolve the club not being in accordance with the club rules, the club was dissolved and the assets distributed equally amongst the membership as at that date. Club rules should be interpreted with a broad brush approach in the light of obscurities and ambiguities so as to allow for the concepts of reasonableness, fairness and common sense when faced with strict interpretations of the rules which ran against such concepts.

If you would like to make an appointment with a dispute resolution solicitor, contact our team direct on 01278 454431 or freephone 0800 862 0442. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we'll call you back as soon as possible.

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