In this paper, Rasa Husain QC considers the difference between law and policy and the consequences of having one or the other.

A legal rule dictates a result. A policy indicates a result; it may be departed from for good reason.

Lord Hope in Kambadzi [2011] 1 WLR 1299 at §36: “Policy is not law , so it may be departed from if a good reason is shown.”

From this Raza explores the distinction between law and policy , when one becomes the other and the duties and powers surrounding them.

Law and Policy: Notes