The name of the club is 67 Pall Mall (“the Club”).
The Club is a proprietary club, owned and operated by 67 Pall Mall Ltd, 67 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ES (the “Proprietor” or the “Company”). 67 Pall Mall Ltd is a private limited company owned by its shareholders.
The Club’s premises are located at 67 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ES, or such other premises as the Proprietor shall provide.
The Proprietor is responsible for providing the Club with the Club premises and all necessary facilities for carrying on the Club in accordance with the Objects of the Club and these Rules and Regulations. Hereafter “The Rules” or “Club Rules”.
The Rules shall be applicable to all Members, and as appropriate Members’ guests (“Guests”).
The Proprietor shall create a Membership Committee (“the Committee”).
The objects of the Club are to provide facilities for its Members and Members’ Guests in a sociable environment together with the other advantages and facilities offered by the Club. Its prime motivation is the wish to provide a world class clubhouse, run on commercial principals for lovers of fine wine.
The Club shall consist of:
Honorary Life Members
Wine Professional Members
Under 30 Members
Under 35 Members
Hereafter to be called “Members”. The Committee & the Proprietor may from time to time frame additional categories of membership or amend the conditions attaching to each category of membership. Any such addition or amendment shall be notified in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph 27 below.
Reference in these Club Rules to Ordinary Members shall be interpreted, unless the context otherwise requires, to include Honorary, Honorary Life, Exempt, Supernumerary, Wine Professional, Under 30, Under 35 and any other categories of membership that the Committee & the Proprietor may decide from time to time.
Ordinary Members - Members, elected by ballot, who do not belong to any of the following special categories.
Honorary Members - The Committee, or the Proprietor may appoint any person who in their opinion has rendered or will render conspicuous service or benefit to the Club to be an Honorary Member and any person so appointed shall not be required to pay any fee or subscription but shall in all other respects be an Ordinary Member. The Committee or the Proprietor may also extend this appointment to a distinguished personage from the world of wine or to a representative of an associated or affiliated club. A Member offered Honorary Membership shall not be entitled to a reimbursement of the proportionate part of the annual subscription. Honorary Membership is granted for a period of two years from election. Upon expiry of such period each Honorary Member shall be re-elected bi-annually unless the Committee resolves not to re-elect such an Honorary Member. Honorary Membership is granted at the discretion of the Committee and may be terminated at any time.
Honorary Life Members – This Membership Category carries the same rights and privileges as the Honorary Membership category, except that Honorary Life Members are not subject to re-election every two years by the Membership Committee whilst they (or their spouse/partner) retain a minimum shareholding (to be determined by the Board of 67 Pall Mall Ltd) in 67 Pall Mall Limited.
Exempt Members – A Member who has paid his/her annual subscription for a continuous period of 50 years shall become an Exempt Member, and shall be entitled to all privileges of membership for life without payment of any further annual subscription.
Supernumerary Members – The Committee shall have power to invite Royal Personages, Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Heads of Missions, and Members of the Corps Diplomatique to be admitted as Supernumerary Members without ballot. The Committee shall have the power to waive the annual subscription for Supernumerary Members as it sees fit.
Wine Professional Members - The Proprietor or the Committee may nominate any person from the world of wine to membership of the Club. The annual subscription for this membership category shall be set by the Committee from time to time. Membership of this category shall be subject to an annual test, if the individual is considered by the Committee to no longer to be an active in the world of wine, then eligibility for this membership category lapses. The disenfranchised Member will be required to apply to the Membership Committee to have their membership category changed to Ordinary Member and to pay the standard annual membership fee or to resign.
Under 30 Members – This Membership Category is for our younger members who are 30 years and under. Members in this Category are elected by ballot in the same manner as Ordinary Members, but the subscription shall be half the cost of standard membership fee.
Under 35 Members – This Membership Category is for our members who are aged 31 to 35 years. Members in this Category are elected by ballot in the same manner as Ordinary Members, but the subscription shall be two thirds of the cost of the standard membership fee.
Country Members – Those members whose main residence is more than 50 miles from the Club, OR where travel from their main residence to the Club by car could reasonably be expected to take longer than one hour. The Proprietor shall be the sole arbiter of eligibility for membership of this category. The subscription for this category shall be one half of the annual membership fee, as set by the Proprietor and the Committee from time to time.
Overseas Members - Those members who are normally resident abroad. The test for this category shall be that the Member spends no more than 90 days in the UK per annum. The subscription for this category shall be set by the Proprietor and the Committee from time to time.
Members temporarily abroad – A Member when notifying the Membership Office of their intended residence abroad may, at the same time, apply for a refund of the current year’s subscription, in accordance with a scale determined from time to time by the Committee. To obtain this refund a Member must notify the Secretary of his intention to reside abroad before he or she leaves the United Kingdom.
If a Member who was deemed to be permanently or temporarily abroad returns to reside in the United Kingdom, he or she will be liable to resume the payment of their full subscription, in accordance with a scale determined from time to time by the Committee.
The Committee may make arrangements with Clubs outside the United Kingdom for reciprocal visitors’ privileges. Such arrangements shall restrict the use of the Club by a member of any such other Club to a total period of thirty days in any calendar year.
The Committee may make arrangements with any Clubs registered under the Licensing Act 2003 or any statutory re-enactment or modification of that Act in respect of premises in the locality of the Clubhouse for the temporary use of the Club by Members of the other Clubs, either generally or for any special purpose, and subject to such conditions as may be specified in the arrangements.
The Proprietor may allow access to use the facilities of the Club to certain persons, namely (but not exclusively) the tenants of the offices at 68 Pall Mall. For the avoidance of doubt, these persons are not Members of the Club, but may use certain of its facilities in the furtherance of the benefits of their tenancy agreements. Such privileges to lapse upon the termination of their employment with such tenant or the termination of the tenant’s occupation of the offices.
The Composition of and the duties of the Committee shall be set by the Proprietor from time to time.
The election of Members shall be vested in the Committee and candidates (“Candidates”) shall be elected by secret ballot if necessary.
Candidates may be elected before their 18th year, but they may not make use of the Clubs’ facilities in their own right until they reach this age.
A Candidate for election as an Ordinary Member may be proposed by one Member and seconded by another. A Candidate for election may also be proposed or seconded by an employee of the Proprietor.
The Committee may ask the proposer to bring the Candidate to meet members of the Committee, and the Committee may request additional support or further information regarding the Candidate.
No explanation shall be given should the Committee ask a proposer to withdraw his or her Candidate
The election of a Candidate as an Ordinary Member shall be by Committee, at which at least eight votes are cast in connection with such election. Two blackballs shall exclude.
The name of a Candidate who has been rejected shall not be considered again until a period of twelve months has elapsed; or at the discretion of the Proprietor.
The Committee, subject to agreement between themselves and the Proprietor shall have sole discretion as to who shall be elected to become a Member of the Club and shall have the right to refuse any application for membership without requirement to explain the reason for such refusal.
A successful candidate shall be notified of his/her election by email and shall become a Member of the Club, subject to payment of the first membership fee, and the provision of a Direct Debit mandate and/or credit card which can be charged on a continuous basis for goods and services provided by the Club, and shall thereafter be entitled to all the benefits and privileges of membership, subject to the provisions of these Rules. For the avoidance of doubt, a newly elected Member will not be allowed to use the facilities of the Club until a continuous charging method is in place.
Newly elected Members will be issued with a Membership Card (which shall remain the property of the Club).
Newly elected Members will be supplied with a copy of these Club Rules. All Members agree to be bound by, and to observe at all times, these Club Rules.
Any omission from, or inaccuracy in, the particulars relating to, or the description of, any Candidate for Membership may render the Candidate’s election void at the discretion of the Committee
Without prejudice to its other rights set out in the Club Rules, the Committee and/or the Proprietor may terminate the membership of any Member whose annual membership fee and/or their Club Account, in respect of goods or services provided by the Club, is more than 30 days in arrears.
The annual membership fee shall be fixed by the Committee & the Proprietor from time to time.
Membership is non-transferable.
The Members of the Club are under no financial liability by reason of their membership save in respect of: the annual membership fee and any monies due to the Club in respect
of goods or services provided by the Club to them.
The Membership Committee & the Proprietor reserve the right, in their absolute discretion, to terminate the membership of any Member for any reason and at any time
The name of a Member whose membership is terminated will be removed from the Membership List and he/she will immediately cease to be a member of the club and the provisions of Rules 9.11 and 12.3 will apply.
A Member shall within 30 days of termination of his/her membership pay all outstanding monies still owing to the Club. In the event that any such outstanding monies are not paid within 30 days of termination these outstanding monies shall immediately be due and may be debited directly from the Member’s bank account or credit card or recovered by other due process. By accepting membership, all Members agree and acknowledge that outstanding monies may be collected in the manner set out in this Rule 9.11.
In the event of membership being cancelled or withdrawn by the Membership Committee the Member shall immediately return his/her Membership Card. No membership fee (or part thereof), or any other payment (except for any monies paid on account of specific services such as food, drink etc) made to the Club shall be refunded to the Member.
Unless otherwise determined by the Club, Members shall be entitled to pay for goods or services provided by the Club by:
Cash, debit or credit card at the time of purchase; or
By charging such goods or services to the Member’s account. A credit limit on the Member’s account may be set by the Club at its discretion. The account will normally be settled twice a month, by way of direct debit payment. The Club reserves the right to limit the size of charges incurred in this way. The Club reserves the right to use the Member’s direct debit or a credit card held on file, to clear any debt owed by a Member at any time, at its sole discretion.
Any exception to 9.13.2 must explicitly be agreed with the Proprietor. The Club requires that a valid, continuous charging method be in place unless an exception has been agreed.
Transaction details pursuant to Rule 9.13 above may only be obtained and queried for transactions that occurred no more than 60 days prior to the date of such a request. Any queries must be addressed to the Membership Office. After 60 days they will be treated as accurate and cannot be challenged or changed.
Certain benefits, services and/or privileges offered to Members will require to be specifically booked or reserved and will be subject to availability. Members wishing to avail themselves of such benefits, services and/or privileges agree to be bound by any specific terms and conditions that may be applicable thereto as notified from time to time.
All Members, on each visit to the Club shall before leaving the Club premises sign off or pay in full all charges incurred by him/her whether in respect of food, beverages, guests or any other matter or thing.
If the membership fee is not paid by a newly elected Member within one calendar month from the date of his/her election, the Member’s election shall be void unless and until he/she satisfies the Committee that there was reasonable cause for the delay and makes good the default.
The Proprietor may charge an additional administration fee for collection of fees and charges for goods and services by any other means than by Direct Debit.
The Committee and/or the Proprietor may, at their discretion, waive or reduce the subscription of any member or former member.
The current rates of subscription for membership shall be available from the Club’s Membership Manager.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Members shall have no propriety rights over the Club, its property or assets whatsoever (including but not limited to cash, stock, debtors, premises, name, Intellectual Property Rights, fixtures and fittings).
A list of the names and addresses of all Members of the Club must be kept on the Club premises and produced on demand for inspection by any statutory authority. This is a requirement of the City of Westminster. By accepting membership all Members agree to acknowledge that their personal information shall be subject to this Rule 9.23
The Club’s Privacy Notice, which is available at www.67pallmall.co.uk, sets out the terms on which the Club processes any personal data of Members (or their guests), or that Members (or their guests) provide to the Club or the Company.
Subject to the provisions of these Rules, Members may invite as Guests persons who have attained the age of 18 years, but no Member may bring more than five Guests in any one day. The number of guests will be reviewed periodically in the light of usage, and may be amended at the discretion of the Proprietor. No person may be admitted as a Guest to the Club on more than 5 occasions, or at the Club’s discretion, in any one year. The Member must call the Reception Desk of the Club in advance should he/she wish to bring more than the above stated number of Guests. The Club, at its sole discretion, shall permit additional Guests from time to time.
Provided that they are accompanied by the Member, Guests are entitled to the privileges of membership for that day but may not introduce any other guests into the Club.
Members shall be responsible for their Guest’s unpaid expenses and their behaviour whilst at the club and for their observance of the Club Rules.
The following may not be admitted as Guests to the Club:
former Members who have been expelled;
persons who, having applied for membership, have been rejected;
members who are under suspension.
In introducing Guests, Members should bear in mind the character and objects of the Club.
No Guest shall remain in the Club after the Member introducing them has left the premises.
The Club, at its sole discretion, shall permit non-members entry to the Club.
The Committee, the Proprietor or any person(s) designated by the Committee or the Proprietor, shall have the right to refuse any Member (or their Guests) entrance to the Club.
The Committee, the Proprietor or any person(s) designated by the Committee or the Proprietor, shall have the right to ask any Member (or their Guests) to leave the Club.
No animals (except guide dogs) shall be allowed in the Club, except by prior permission of the Duty Manager, General Manager or the Proprietor.
All Members and Guests are required to maintain an appropriate standard of dress in the Club at all times. Inappropriately dressed Members or their Guests will be asked to leave the Club. Whilst in the Ground Floor Members’ Lounge, gentlemen are expected to wear a jacket and smart trousers together with a collared shirt. In other areas of the Club, namely the Lutyens Room, the Marlborough Room, the St James’s Room and on the first floor of the Club this rule is relaxed. Gentlemen are expected to wear a collared shirt, smart jeans are permitted, however a jacket is not required. Members and their Guests wearing formal national dress or uniform appropriate to their office are welcome. Ladies are expected to dress commensurately.
By way of illustration of paragraph 11.4 the following items of dress are not considered acceptable in the Club:
Leggings or jodhpur-style trousers;
T-Shirts or their close relations;
Tracksuits or shell-suits;
Flip-flops or plimsolls;
Rugby or football tops or other sportswear.
Smart trainers are considered acceptable, as are smart (not ripped) jeans.
Members shall be responsible for ensuring that their Guests are aware of the standard of dress that is required to be maintained in the Club.
A Member or Guest shall not record, video or photograph through any medium, whilst in any of the public areas of the Club. Any violation of this rule shall result in an immediate expulsion. The exceptions to this rule 11.7 shall be:
If a member wishes to take photos of their own private events in the St James’s Room, Marlborough or Lutyens room with the consent of the other Members (and their Guests).
Members will be allowed to take photos of bottles or other inanimate objects in the Club as long as the privacy of other members is not compromised by this action. Any exception to this rule 11.7 needs to be specifically sanctioned by the Duty Manager or General Manager.
No member or guest shall use the name or address, or colours, trademarks, photographs logo or other identifying feature(s) of the Club in any (but not limited to); advertisement, marketing material, invitation, prospectus or letter heading for business purposes save with the prior written approval of the General Manager as to the specific use.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Clubhouse, in compliance with the Law.
No Member shall post any notice in the Club without the consent of the General Manager.
No Member is to bring a bicycle into the Club. Secure racks for the use of Members are provided at the Basement level. Members and Guests should enquire of the reception staff to have their bicycle parked for them.
No Member shall attempt to induce any member of the Club’s staff to leave its employment.
The Committee & the Proprietor may at their discretion require any Member infringing these Rules to leave the Club premises immediately and his or her membership may be withdrawn as detailed in Rule 12 below.
Members are requested not to smoke directly outside the Club’s premises. Any Member who does leave the Club to smoke or for some other reason, will not be allowed to do so taking drinks or glass containers with them.
Members are required to turn their mobile telephones and similar devices onto silent or vibrate only modes when in the Club. The use of mobile telephones, tablets, laptop computers and similar devices is explicitly allowed within the Club as long as Members do so discreetly and with appropriate understanding of the need for other members to be allowed to use their Club in peace. The Club requires that Members put Laptops and their equivalents away after 1800.
Members are welcome to conduct business in the Club
The Committee, the Proprietor, or any Club manager/employee so authorised by the Committee or the Proprietor, may expel from the Club (and subsequently terminate or suspend from membership for a specific period) any Member whose conduct inside or outside the Club premises, in the opinion of the Committee, or a Club manager/employee, might be injurious to the character or interests of the Club or render him or her unfit to associate with Members. Similar strictures shall apply if any Member should wilfully remove, destroy or damage any item, article or property belonging to the Club, and/or another Member, or a guest, whilst at the Club.
Before a Member has their membership terminated, the alleged conduct shall be inquired into by the Committee and/or the Proprietor and the person involved shall be given the opportunity to make explanation. Having inquired into the events, if the Committee or the Proprietor is of the opinion that the Member is guilty of such conduct as mentioned above and has failed to justify or explain it satisfactorily, the Committee or the Proprietor may either suspend or terminate the membership of the offender at its discretion.
A Member whose membership is terminated (whether by expulsion or otherwise) forfeits all the privileges of membership without claim for any refund of the membership fee that they have paid and must return their Membership Card to the Membership Office and the provisions of Rule 9.11 will apply. A Member whose membership is terminated (whether by expulsion or otherwise) forfeits all rights in respect of or claims upon the Club or its property.
Nothing here shall prevent the Proprietor or the Committee from requesting a member to resign and if such a request is complied with within fourteen days, no resolution of expulsion shall be proposed.
Any Member intending to resign his/her membership of the Club shall give one month’s notice in writing to the Membership Manager.
Every member shall notify the Membership Manager of a postal address to which communications from the Club may be sent to him or her. For the purposes of these Rules all notices and letters sent by post, (or if no such valid address exists, left for them with Reception) shall be considered as duly delivered seven clear days after being sent by post or left with Reception as the case may be.
Sale or supply of alcohol in the Club is permitted within the hours and conditions permitted under the Premises License granted by the City of Westminster.
The Clubhouse shall be open between the hours of 0700 and 0030 Monday to Saturday, 1000-0030 on Sunday. These hours may be lengthened or shortened at the discretion of the Committee or the Proprietor, subject to any additional statutory or other consents.
The Proprietor and/or the General Manager may determine that on certain days Members may not be admitted to the Club; these reasons including (but not limited to):
Private hire of the Club
A statutory reason for doing so or any other reason which justifies temporary closure.
Reception will use all reasonable efforts to procure relevant bookings, reservations and/or other services requested by Members but the Club shall not be liable for any errors or cancellations, or for any losses that may otherwise be suffered by Members as a consequence of any arrangements made, or services provided by, or any acts or omissions of the reception staff.
All reservations for tables in the Club’s Members’ Lounge must be made via Reception, Reservations or via the Club’s website.
All bookings for Club events or bookings of the St James’s Room, Lutyens Room or Marlborough Room must be made through the Events team.
Reservations for Club events will only be taken from Members who have a valid continuous payment method in place. In the rare event of this not being the case, the reservation will only be made by agreement with the Proprietor or its employees.
Refunds for events will be at the discretion of the Proprietor, the General Manager and/or the Membership and Events team. Usually at least 48 hours’ notice will be required AND the Club be able to resell the booking foregone.
All private information, matters or issues that are disclosed by Members to the Club are kept strictly confidential. The Club will not disclose any such information to any third party without the Member’s consent other than for the purposes of these Club Rules or where such disclosure is required by law.
Members agree to keep all passwords, user names, and/or any other identifying information used on or in connection with the Club and/or its web site (the “Access Profile”) private and secure. The Access Profile is strictly personal and may not be shared with or disclosed to any other party. Members should understand that the Access Profile is confidential and that they will be held responsible for any transactions, loss, or damage caused through use of the Access Profile by any unauthorised person. The Access Profile will allow the Member to purchase goods and services via the Clubs’ website; Members are reminded to log-out at the end of a session and not to allow the password to their Access Profile to be stored on a public computer as a cookie.
The Club takes Members’ rights to privacy very seriously. The Club employs the use of CCTV cameras and operates them within a strict Code of Practice. All CCTV Operators are qualified to operate within this Code of Practice and all relevant legislation. The system has been registered under the General Data Protection Regulations and operates within the guidelines laid down by the Information Commissioner. The system is operated in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Images recorded by the CCTV cameras are retained for a minimum of 31 days.
Members’ rights to privacy extend to the use of social media, including (but not limited to) Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & Linked-in. For the avoidance of doubt, the Proprietor and/or its delegates and employees may use such social media to promote the activities of the Club, but only in such a way that Members’ rights to privacy are not compromised.
No Member shall use the name or address or logo of the Club in any advertisement, prospectus or letter heading for business purposes save with the written approval of the General Manager or the Proprietor.
No drunkenness, bad language or other misconduct is permitted on the Club premises.
The Club reserves the right to record all telephone conversations made to and from the Club’s telephone number(s).
The Club and/or the Proprietor and/or The Membership Committee and/or any employee or agent of the Club will not be held liable for any act of omission by or the actions of any Member and/or Guest and will be held harmless from ay loss or damage that arises to any Member and/or Guest whatsoever.
No Member (or Guest) shall take away from the Club upon any pretext whatever any article which is the property of the Club.
All property brought into the Club premises by any Member or his or her guest shall be at the sole risk of the person bringing such property onto the Club premises and neither the Proprietor, the Committee nor any employee or agent of the Club shall be liable for any loss or damage to any such article, howsoever occasioned. The exception to this rule 20.2 being wine which is stored as a Members’ Reserve and is insured under the Club’s policy.
Overcoats, umbrellas, bags, parcels, brief cases and any other bulky item must be left with Reception, rather than being brought into the Members’ Lounge or Clubroom.
No food or drink shall be consumed in the Club that has not been purchased from the Club, except in respect of wines upon which corkage has been paid (or waived) in accordance with 22 below.
The Club encourages its Members to explore a diverse range of wines, as well as making use of the Members’ Reserve facilities. All pricing below is inclusive of VAT.
The Club will charge corkage on all wines that are not bought directly from the Club’s wine list(s) at a charge of £20 per 75cl bottle.
For larger formats, the corkage will apply in multiples of 75cl, thus Magnums at £40, Double Magnums at £80 etc.
For formats less than 75cl the corkage charge will be £10.
The maximum corkage that a Member will be charged (per booking or per day) will be £250, with the exception of the Lutyens Room, Marlborough Room and the St James’s Room, where such corkage charges will be by arrangement with the Membership and Events team and/or the General Manager.
Non-prescription drugs are not permitted in the Club at any time.
Any Member or their Guest found in possession of any such substances will be removed from the Club and reported to the Police.
Any Member found guilty of consuming or bringing illegal substances into the Club or whose Guest is found guilty of such acts, will have their membership terminated with immediate effect and the provisions of Rule 12.3 shall apply.
No illegal betting, wagering or games with dice (except for Backgammon for no stake) shall take place in the Club premises, nor shall any game of hazard or chance be played.
The Club is a Registered Firearms Dealer and provides a shotgun storage service to its Members. The Terms and Conditions of this service are very specific and are available from the Reception staff.
Any Member wishing to make a complaint shall so do by letter or email, addressed to the General Manager, who shall either deal with the matter; or, with the approval of the Proprietor report the matter to the Committee at its next meeting.
A Member shall not personally reprimand a member of the Club staff.
Subject to the agreement of the Proprietor, these Rules and Regulations, may be revoked, supplemented or altered by the Committee or the Proprietor at any time. For the avoidance of doubt, the decision of the Proprietor shall prevail in all matters, this principal is irrevocable. Any such revocation of, alteration or addition to the Rules shall be deemed to have been brought to the notice of Members provided that a copy of the rules is prominently displayed on the Club’s official website www.67PallMall.co.uk/notices and upon the notices board in the Club.
The Club may be dissolved by the Proprietor at any time.
In the event of the dissolution of the Club, any property or assets (including but not limited to cash, shares, premises, stock, debtors, membership fees, name, Intellectual Property rights, fixtures and fittings) belonging to the Company shall not be distributed to the Members if there is a surplus of assets over liabilities, but will be given or transferred to the Proprietor or any individual, company, party, organization or charity the Proprietor or its nominated persons decides upon.
Any dispute or difference which may arise as to the meaning or interpretation of these Rules, will be determined by the Proprietor, whose decision is final and binding on all Members of the Club.
The Club’s Privacy Notice, which is available at www.67pallmall.co.uk, sets out the terms on which the Club processes any personal data of Members (or their guests), or that Members (or their guests) provide to the Club or the Company.
The Club respects the privacy of its Members and their guests and requires that each Member and their guests do the same. No Member, or their guests, shall disclose, publish, identify or discuss, in any form or any medium (including social media networks or any other platform), any event or matter relating to any other Member or their guests, or relating to any private or Member event held at or organised by the Club, or which was seen or heard in any part of the Club, without the express prior written consent of both the Club and the Member and any other individuals concerned.
The headings in these Rules are for ease of reference only and are not to be taken into account in their interpretation.
In these Rules the masculine shall include the feminine and the singular the plural and vice versa except where the context so requires.
If any rule shall fail in law then it shall not mean that any other rules shall fail unless so prescribed by the courts.
These Rules shall operate under English Law.