Westminster City Council, ex P and Others [2000] 3 CCLR 486 (CA)

Judicial review – appropriateness – alternative remedy

Where, on analysis, the dispute between applicant and respondent is factual and where no clear and determinative issue of law arises of the sort which would resolve the real problem in the case, a comprehensive factual and policy review by the Secretary of State under s7D Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 was an alternative remedy which was more convenient, expeditious and effective than judicial review. In this case, the it was the interpretation of the Secretary of State’s own Directions and guidance which was under dispute.

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