Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the purposive approach

The purposive approach is probably the broadest approach of all the rules of interpretation. It is certainly more flexible than either the literal rule or the golden rule which tend to concentrate upon the meaning of individual words or phrases.

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The advantages and disadvantages of the purposive approach are discussed in detail in this essay. The other rules of interpretation, namely, the literal rule, the golden rule and the mischief rule are also mentioned.

The essay explains how the purposive approach works and a number of its characteristics.

The following cases are referred to:  Pepper v Hart (1993) overruling Davis v Johnson (1967); IRC v McGuckian (1997); Coltman v Bibby Tankers Ltd (1988); R v Registrar General ex parte Smith (1990); Magor and St Mellons v Newport Corporation (1950);

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