London Borough of Merton v. Sinclair Collis Ltd.

A local government conducted test purchases by children from cigarette vending machines. The tobacco company that owns the vending machines argued that it could not be liable under a particular section of the law prohibiting the sale of tobacco to children by “persons”. The court ruled that the law’s use of the word “person” could include a company and that the tobacco company could be liable under this provision of the law.


London Borough of Merton v. Sinclair Collins, Ltd., 2010 EWHC 2089 (Admin) (2010).

  • United Kingdom
  • Nov 5, 2010
  • High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division, The Administrative Court


Plaintiff The Queen on the Application of London Borough of Merton

Defendant Sinclair Collins Limited

Legislation Cited

Children and Young Persons Act 1933

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