London Borough of Newham, ex parte Bibi and Al-Nashed (The Times, 10 May 2001) (CA)

Legitimate expectation – mistake

A promise made on a mistaken view of the law is nonetheless capable of creating a legitimate expectation. The council had erred in law, when deciding whether to offer secure accommodation to the applicants, by failing to take account of their legitimate expectation that such accommodation would be provided on the basis of promises previously made, albeit on the basis of a mistaken interpretation of the relevant housing law.

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