R (on the application of Lambeth London Borough Council) v Independent Appeal Panel of Lambeth London Borough Council

Education – School. The claimant local authority sought judicial review of the defendant Independent Appeal Panel's decision, allowing the parents' appeal against the claimant's refusal to offer a place to the child at a specific school on the basis that the offer was not withdrawn in a reasonable time frame. The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, held that the defendant had erred by considering the failure to withdraw the offer within a reasonable time had, in itself, necessarily made the withdrawal of the offer and the consequent refusal to admit unreasonable in a public law sense. It had failed to consider any prejudice to the parties.

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