R. v. Liverpool Corp, ex p Liverpool Taxi Fleet Operators Association [1972]

Council limited number of taxis in area to 300.
Applicants assured by Council that they would be
consulted if any change contemplated.
Council also gave public undertaking.
Council then increased number without consultation.
Court of Appeal held that although determination of
number of licenses was policy matter for council, court could and should
intervene to ensure council acted fairly in deciding policy after due regard to
conflicting interests.
Given past history of matter and particularly public
undertaking, council’s conduct unfair.
Council ordered to hear representations.