The High Court has given judgment on the duty of local authorities to obtain “best consideration” on the sale of land and the extent of the exceptions to that duty.  The Court held that the decision makers in local authorities must consider alternatives to the highest offer pursuant to a circular from the Secretary of State.  The Court was also of the view that the decision was made in breach of the public sector equality duty due to lack of investigation, consultation and research.

David Lawson represented the claimant, led by Martin Westgate QC of Doughty Street.