In May 1980 the Iranian Embassy was gutted by fire and the building was left in dangerous state. The council, in accordance with its powers secured the structure incurring expenses which were statutorily payable by the owner. After unsuccessfully requesting payment from the Iranian government, the council registered the expenses as local land charges and then sought registration of the charges in the land registry. The Iranian government objected registration on the ground that the property formed part of the diplomatic mission and was subject to state immunity. The registrar refer to the court the question whether it could be register or not. Iran could not be notified via Foreign of Commonwealth office since there was no British Embassy in Iran.