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The consequences of failing to consider relevant considerations or of being influenced materially by irrelevant considerations

Where the decision-maker has failed to consider relevant considerations or has been influenced materially by irrelevant considerations, the Court may quash the decision. However, as with all other grounds of review, the Court must (under section 31 (2A) of the Senior Courts Act 1981) refuse to quash the decision (or award any other remedy) if it appears to it to be highly likely that the outcome for the person affected by the decision would not have been substantially different if the decision-maker had not failed to consider relevant considerations or had not been influenced materially by irrelevant considerations, unless the Court considers that it is appropriate to quash the decision for reasons of exceptional public interest.

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