Al-Mehdawi v Secretary of State for the Home Department [1989]


  • A solicitor failed to communicate a letter telling Al-Mehdawi the date of a court hearing, so he failed to attend court (old address)


  • Could the decision made in Al-Mehdawi’s absence be quashed due to a lack of a defence


  • No, decision of the court upheld


  • It is not the fault of the court if there is no attendance
RELATED CASE  Hazell v Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough Council [1992]

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