Sinclair Collis Ltd. v. Lord Advocate for Scotland

A tobacco vending machine company challenged the legality of a section of a tobacco control law prohibiting tobacco vending machines. The petitioner argued that the law violates the right to free movement of goods between EU member states and infringes their right to property. The court upheld the law, concluding that the law is valid because of its legitimate public interest in preventing young people from having access to cigarettes from vending machines.


Sinclair Collis Limited v. Lord Advocate for Scotland, et al., [2011] CSOH 80, Outer House, Court of Session (2011).

  • United Kingdom
  • May 13, 2011
  • Outer House, Court of Session


Plaintiff Sinclair Collis Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Limited


  • Advocate General for Scotland
  • Lord Advocate for Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Ministers

Legislation Cited

Tobacco and Primary Health Services (Scotland) Act 2010

International/Regional Instruments Cited

Related Documents

Type of Litigation

Tobacco Control Topics

Substantive Issues

Type of Tobacco Product