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High Court dismisses grounds for claim against Halal meat charity

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Samantha Knights QC

The High Court has found that a claim brought against HMC (UK) Ltd, a Muslim charity which monitors and certifies non-stunned Halal fresh meat products sold by butchers and other outlets in the UK, disclosed no reasonable grounds. A Halal butcher purporting to represent a large number of others brought a claim against the charity alleging that its requirement that certified butchers only sell fresh meat certified by the charity was in breach of the charitable objects of the organisation, and was in breach of natural justice and the doctrine of restraint of trade. HMC applied to strike out the claim form.

The High Court found in particular that there was no restraint of trade in circumstances where HMC was not a trading body, nor where it sought to make a profit and where there was no compulsion to join HMC’s certification scheme.

Samantha Knights QC acted for HMC (UK) Ltd in this case.