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A-G ref No 6 of 1980 [1981] QB 715

Two youths aged 17 and 18 had an argument in a public street. They decided to settle their argument with a fight. One removed his watch and the other removed his jacket before commencing. They both consented to the fight. One sustained bruising to the face and a bleeding nose.


As a matter of policy a person cannot consent to fist fights resulting in ABH or greater harm irrespective of whether they are conducted in public or private. Unless it comes within any of the established exceptions of:  properly conducted games and sports, lawful chastisement, reasonable surgical interference, dangerous exhibitions, cosmetic enhancements or horseplay.
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