appointment did not allow termination on this ground.
judgment in House of Lords.
jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional errors should be discarded.
administrative tribunal or inferior court in reaching its decision can be
quashed for error of law.
only delegates legal power on condition it will be used on correct legal basis.
was erroneous under general law would be ultra vires and therefore correctable,
provided it was a relevant error (ie
affecting the decision / decision–making).
general principle in present case because Visitor was applying not general law
of land but peculiar domestic law of the University, of which courts have no
therefore cannot apply.
reaching his decision since the general law is not the applicable law.
whether a varying presumption still existed for administrative bodies on one
hand and inferior courts on the other]
virtually, to concept of error of law of face of record.
not always mean decision could not be quashed.
‘on the face of the record’ it could be quashed simply because it was legally
between jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional errors.
face of record is, according to Browne-Wilkinson, ‘obsolete’]