BONSOR
V.
MUSICIANS’ UNION

(1955) JELR 80273 (HL)    
House of Lords  ·  LR/1955/8 (HL) ·  7 Nov 1955 ·  United Kingdom
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[1956] A.C. 104
CORAM
LORD MORTON OF HENRYTON LORD PORTER LORD MACDERMOTT LORD KEITH OF AVONHOLM and LORD SOMERVELL OF HARROW
Core Terms Beta
respondent union
trade union
trade union acts
lord morton of henryton
court of appeal
registered office
membership of the union
judgment of farwell j.
favour of mr. bonsor
trade disputes act
said resolution
kelly’s case
breach of contract
unincorporated society of individuals
lead judgment
national society of operative printers
county court
registered name of the union
benefit of such trade union
lordships’ house
individual members
basis of the decision
farwell j.
provisions of section
lord macnaghten
mr. bonsor
absence of express enactment
divisional court
relevant provisions of these acts
legal personal representative
member of a registered trade union
trade union act
case
dismissal of the cross-appeal
trade unions
lord chancellor
true construction of the trade union acts
section
members
question of the status of the association
present case
jenkins l.j.
legal proceedings
kelly v
plaintiff contract
present appellant
learned judge
terms of section
own rights
kelly’s case1

LORD MORTON OF HENRYTON (reading the lead judgment)

My Lords, the Master of the Rolls and Jenkins L.J. were of opinion, rightly, in my view, that Kelly v. National Society of Operative Printers’ Assistants1 was binding on the Court of Appeal, but Denning L.J. felt himself entitled to disregard that case and delivered a judgment in favour of Mr. Bonsor, which I have found of great assistance. It is the dismissal of the cross-appeal which gives rise to the appeal now before your Lordships’ House.

Mr. Bonsor died on March 4, 1954, and the present appellant is his widow and legal personal representative. On August 5, 1954, it was ordered that these proceedings should be carried on between the present appellant and the respondent union. It is convenient to turn at once to Kelly’s case.1 The plaintiff was a printer’s assistant, and the defendant was a trade union registered under the Trade Union Acts. The plaintiff claimed a declaration that a resolution expelling him from membership of the u…

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