Update on Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP’s cases instructed by Good Law Project
Enormous congratulations to Good Law Project and the legal team for their huge win last week, holding Government to account. We have since received many enquiries about the cases where are instructed by GLP against the Government, so here is a summary:
- Judgment expected in the next few weeks in the ‘Public First’ challenge – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/15/revealed-cummings-role-handing-covid-contract-firm-run-by-friends “claiming “apparent bias” against the Cabinet Office over a £564,000 contract with the research company Public First, whose owners have previously worked with (Dominic) Cummings and (Michael) Gove over many years.”
- 6 day hearing starting on 17 May 2021 in the ‘PPE’ cases – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53672841 – brought by GLP and EveryDoctor, challenging the lawfulness of the contracts awarded to Pestfix, Ayanda and Clandeboye, totalling over £700m, without any ordinary competitive procurement process, many of which went through a ‘High Priority Lane’ established solely for the purpose of prioritising leads referred by certain individuals including government officials, ministers’ offices and MPs.
- Permission granted to bring the case, and hearing listed on 28 May, in the ‘Hanbury’ case – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/05/lawyers-accuse-cabinet-of-bias-over-cummings-allys-pr-firm-contract-hanbury- “legal action against the government over its decision to award a contract to a lobbying and PR firm co-founded by an ally of Dominic Cummings without a competitive tender during the pandemic.”
- Permission awaited in the ‘Abingdon Health’ case – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/22/government-buy-british-policy-covid-contracts-matt-hancock – a challenge to the award of contracts with Abingdon Health for the manufacture and supply of rapid Covid-19 antibody tests, worth “up to £87.5million,” without any advertisement or competition between bidders, and which failed to obtain the necessary approval for home-use resulting in the contract being cancelled.
- Permission awaited in the ‘Cronyism’ case – https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/nov/21/boris-johnson-acted-illegally-over-jobs-for-top-anti-covid-staff – brought by GLP and the Runnymede Trust, a case in which it is alleged “Boris Johnson and his health secretary, Matt Hancock, acted “unlawfully” when appointing three key figures – including the head of NHS Test and Trace, Dido Harding – to posts in the fight against Covid-19” without conducting any open or fair competition, and which was discriminatory because it disadvantages those from more diverse backgrounds.
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