R (on the application of Southwark London Borough Council) v London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

Natural justice – Duty to act openly, impartially and fairly. The Divisional Court dismissed the claimant local authority's application for judicial review of the defendant London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority's decision to retain responsibility for the consideration and potential prosecution of the local authority for offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, SI 2005/1541, with respect to a fatal fire. A decision by the defendant on whether or not to prosecute, and any prosecution of, the local authority would not have the appearance of bias to a fair-minded and informed observer.

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