Jolyon’s Latest Judicial Review Crusade Derided by Judge Who Granted It

Jolyon and The Good Law Project are pushing for yet another judicial review of government business; this time arguing that the cash for the Levelling Up fund has been unfairly allocated towards Conservative constituencies, and claiming Rishi Sunak’s Richmondshire is being prioritised over more deprived areas like Barnsley. And so Jolyon’s next noble crusade begins…

When the funding plans were announced back in March, council areas were divided into three support categories, with Category 1 areas awarded an initial £125,000 and given support priority over Categories 2 and 3. The formula for allocating the grants was, Rishi said, “based on an index of economic need, which is transparently published by MHCLG and based on a bunch of objective measures.” 

Jolyon and his learned friends allege that Rishi’s statement was “inaccurate” – bold talk given Jolyon’s own habit of making “factually incorrect” claims nowadays – and have now been granted a two-day hearing into whether the case merits a full judicial review. The judge who granted the hearing said:

The grounds are arguable, subject to the observation that the existence of a free-standing principle of a duty of transparency (or good administration) upon which a judicial review challenge can be founded is at best debatable

However, it is appropriate for the issues about transparency to be explored at the substantive hearing along with the other grounds.”

It is obvious to anyone with half a brain that Jolyon’s lawfare efforts are often merely politics by another means. Perhaps he should go into politics rather than the courts? 

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Good Law Project Blamed by Rapid Tests Company Abingdon Health for 60 Redundancies

Abingdon Health, a rapid Covid test manufacturing company based in the North, claims that the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has refused to pay for 1 million rapid tests until after the completion of Judicial Review proceedings initiated by The Good Law Project. Abingdon insists that The Good Law Project has made “inaccurate statements” in the Judicial Review and has published a letter on its website correcting a number of “factual inaccuracies”.  False claims from the Good Law Project – what a surprise…

Abingdon explains that as a result of these outstanding payments, it has reduced its workforce from 190 to 130 employees over the past four months. Abingdon chairman Chris Hand says:

“Some of our employees have unfortunately lost their jobs as a direct consequence of the DHSC not paying for products they have taken delivery of, are using and told us were passed for payment in January 2021. I apologise to those colleagues who have left the Company. I thank all our employees for their sustained effort, skills and hard work. I also thank shareholders for continuing to support the Company and we look forward to the next phase of the Company’s growth as we continue to manufacture an increasing portfolio of products.” 

We have all had a good laugh at Jolyon’s politically motivated and often quixotic lawfare tilts at the government over procurement – this is not so funny. If there has been corruption in procurement during the pandemic then those responsible should face the full force of the law and end up behind bars. If Jolyon is just scatter-gunning claims and this turns out to be more of his nonsense, the loss of 60 livelihoods is on him…

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Good Law Project Accused of Making Inaccurate Claims in Court Fight Over Covid Testing Contracts

Jolyon and The Good Law Project (GLP) are in trouble again, this time for issuing “multiple disparaging statements” towards a Covid test kit manufacturer during his Project’s noble fight against DHSC over government contracts. Starting to look like there might be another loss on the horizon…

Abingdon Health, which provided lateral flow tests to the government last year, is now participating as an ‘interested party‘ in the GLP’s judicial review application against the Health Department, after the company’s private effort to stop Jolyon and his friends from making “inaccurate” claims about them appear to have failed. The previously unpublished letter shows that Abingdon attempted to clarify Jolyon’s “factually incorrect” assertions about the price of their kits, and the state of the antibody testing market back in 2020, yet the GLP refused to budge, and now Abingdon is issuing a ‘Detailed Grounds of Resistance‘ to the court. Unsubstantiated and misleading claims from the Good Law Project – who could’ve guessed?

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Jolyon Loses Home Planning Appeal

Things just aren’t going Jolyon’s way this summer: he lost legal action against Boris over his objections to Cruddas’ peerage; the Good Law Project missed the deadline to challenge the government over PPE contracts; he was forced to abandon his attempted smear project on Kate Bingham; and the government is exploring new legal fundraising reforms that would hit Jolyon’s entire modus operandi. It is Guido’s sad duty to report another legal failure…

Guido can now reveal his legal challenges are even extending to his home life, after planning permission for work on his South London home – and infamous fox slaughterhouse – was rejected by the council. Guido will be careful given Jolyon’s track record of unsubstantiated allegations about address doxxing…

In April 2020 the Maughams submitted a planning application for a new garden wall – presumably to keep vermin out – with a lean-to greenhouse and conservatory among other changes. Despite multiple amendments, the council rejected the proposals in August. Jolyon then launched an appeal that same month.

Yesterday the appeal was rejected by the Planning Inspectorate over the effect “of the development on the character and appearance of the property”. Perhaps he should just focus on reinforcing his coup’s security…

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Gove’s Jolyon Put Down

Jolyon has once again found himself bested by the government, this time at the hands of Michael Gove personally. Responding to news that the government is set to appeal a recent court decision in favour of Jolyon’s Good Law Project, Maugham said he’s “Happy to take anyone’s bet that they lose this one too.” Ramping up his attention-seeking, he @-ed Gove, suggesting “How about it… £100 to a charity of the winner’s choosing that you end up losing this one too?” He clearly didn’t realise the open goal he’d just created…

In terms baseball-loving Jolyon may understand, that seems like a home-run from Gove…

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Jolyon Loses Legal Action Against Boris Over Cruddas Peerage

Last month, Jolyon Maugham commenced legal action against Boris Johnson personally over the PM’s decision to nominate the philanthropist and Tory donor Peter Cruddas for a peerage. Headlines quoted Maugham at his most bombastic, claiming they were challenging the corruption at the heart of Downing Street:

“… the Prime Minister took legally irrelevant considerations – past donations and the prospect of future donations – into account in making him a Baron.  And so we’re suing. We’ve instructed Bindmans LLP, Dan Squires QC and Alice Irving… Make no mistake, we intend to issue proceedings.”

Guido can report that no actual proceedings ever commenced.

Sources tell Guido that was because it was such a flimsy case. The letter to the Prime Minister, waved around loudly by Jolyon and his Good Law Project, amounted to no more than a press release. In the view of the government’s Treasury Solicitor the matter was not even justiciable, and it is noteworthy that the letter did not even seek a serious remedy beyond asking the PM to say that he should not have nominated Cruddas for the peerage. If this is lawfare, Jolyon is firing blanks…

The government’s response was that any legal action was out of time, the nomination was six months prior to Jolyon firing off his letter, it was in any event not open to judicial review, that constitutionally because of the separation of legal powers it could not be judicially reviewed, and that it was a political act – not a judicial matter. The intention would infringe upon parliamentary privilege, that the nomination is an exercise of prerogative, not statutory powers, and for many more reasons which should be known to any undergraduate who has studied the constitution, never mind a barrister, meritless. M’learned friend tells Guido dismissively:

“It was a telling feature of Jolyon’s letter that no action was in fact requested of the Defendant (Boris) at all. This underlines the lack of a proper justiciable legal basis to the claim.”

In short, it was just a headline-grabbing publicity stunt for Jolyon. This morning, Bindmans – Jolyon’s solicitors – quietly and without any fanfare served a notice of discontinuance. They were out of time again…

It has not gone unnoticed that Jolyon tweeted about Lord Cruddas 11 times, and that he got carried away with his allegations of corruption. He may get his day in court yet – as a defendant…

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