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This article relates to R (Holborn Studios) v London Borough of Hackney [2020] EWHC 1509. One of the issues related to the submission of information to a member of the planning committee by way of lobbying and the reactions of both the member and the council when dealing with that information. An examination of the judgement shows that the analysis boiled down to two particular points which are worthy of further commentary. First, the question of whether or not this process involves considerations relating to freedom of expression. Secondly, perhaps more importantly, the way in which members and councils should react to lobbying.   The facts The facts of the case are relatively complicated because they include a long discussion about the rights and wrongs of an economic viability assessment which was presented to the council with the objective of demonstrating that the scheme was not capable of accommodating affordable housing. The developer had aspirations to redevelop a site for empl