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Shell boycott unlawful exercise of council's powers

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    R v London Borough of Lewisham ex parte Shell UK Ltd 21 December 1987 HC (0 other reports)

In R v London Borough of Lewisham ex parte Shell UK Ltd (21.12.87) EOR18B, the Divisional Court rules that the council's decision to boycott all Shell products because of the Shell Group's interests in South Africa was unlawful, notwithstanding that the council attempted to justify the decision on the basis of its duty under s.71 of the Race Relations Act 1976 to "promote good relations between persons of different racial groups" in the borough. According to the Divisional Court, a council cannot use its statutory powers in order to punish a body which has done nothing unlawful.