The Governing Body of Charterhouse School v Hannaford Upright [2007] EWHC 2718 is a rare example, post-CPR, of the court refusing to allow withdrawal of a formal admission. The judge refused the application on the grounds that it was made too late (being only six weeks from trial), there was no adequate explanation for the withdrawal of those admissions, and, if their withdrawal was allowed, it would mean the Claimant would have to find and call witnesses which might jeopardise the trial date. A clear reminder, therefore, that an application to withdraw an admission is not a mere formality.