Reasonableness and Proportionality

The law of England and Wales developed a concept of reasonableness; the law is usually blind to the sex of people and the phrase “the reasonable man” has a better ring to it than “the reasonable person”. In any event, the Interpretation Act deemed men women and vice versa for the purposes of statute law. Having developed a concept of the reasonable man, much of law turned on what a reasonable man would do or think or how a reasonable man would react.
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