The tobacco industry’s legal bid to stop plain packaging being introduced in the UK is set to get underway tomorrow.

BAT, Imperial, JTI and PMI are taking their fight to the High Court on Thursday 10 December, where they will challenge the UK government and ask the court to rule that the regulations are unlawful.

A ban on manufacturing tobacco products in branded packs is currently set to be introduced in May. Retailers would have a further year in which to sell through old stock.

The manufacturers claim that the regulations infringe their intellectual property rights.