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Rook Irwin Sweeney instructed by Good Law Project in government contract judicial review

We are instructed by Good Law Project in a judicial review of the government’s decision to award a contract for “communication and focus group” services to the agency Public First Ltd, without any competition, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of £564,394 was paid out under the six-month contract.

In submissions to the court, we have argued on behalf of Good Law Project that it was unlawful for the contract to be awarded without any competition and that there was apparent bias in awarding the contract to Public First Ltd, as the agency’s partners have close personal and professional connections to former special advisor Dominic Cummings and to Michael Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office.

The case will be heard in the High Court on 15 February 2021. The government estimates that their costs of defending the claim in a one day hearing will amount to £600,000 – more than the entire amount paid under the contract – and that Good Law Project should pay their costs if the claim fails.

Good Law Project are crowdfunding to support the claim – find out more and support their work here.


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