Jolyon’s Good Law Project Sits on Millions While Refusing Refunds to Backers

Co-conspirators are well aware with the business model of the Good Law Project, which gets their loyal, wealthy and deluded supporters to stump up hundreds of thousands for no-hope cases, only to refuse refunds when they lose or judges throw the case out. Last month their 2021-22 annual report painted a picture of financial jeopardy, warning their “legal defence fund” will run out if their spate of losses continues:

“In summary, we have estimated potential net liabilities of £3.2 million across our litigation portfolio against our Legal Defence Fund of £2.0 million.”

Last week, however, the GLP submitted their accounts to Companies House, spelling out quite a different fiscal picture. For the year ending 31 January 2022*, the project was sat on nearly £5.5 million of cash reserves, with net assets of over £4 million. Up almost three times 2021’s £1.43 million figure:

If the Good Law Project is genuinely concerned about quality governance, rather than just acting as a cash cow, perhaps they should put their own ample money where their mouth is next time they launch legal action against the government…

*To be fair to Jolyon, he has endured a substantial number of losses since this date.

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Jolyon’s “Legal Defence Fund” Will Run Out if Losses Continue

Jolyon has published the Good Law Project’s (GLP) long-awaited annual report for 2021-22. The good news for Jolyon is he’s raked in a record number of donations, with “at least 61,445 people” throwing their money down the drain in the past year. The bad news is if the GLP lose all their impending cases at their usual rate, they’ll have to break into their emergency war chest:

“In summary, we have estimated potential net liabilities of £3.2 million across our litigation portfolio against our Legal Defence Fund of £2.0 million. However, we do not expect to fight and lose all these cases in our portfolio and, as they are ongoing, we expect to be able to fundraise further as the litigation progresses.”

They ended the year with £2.1 million in general reserves, which they claim is used “to provide working capital and allow us to seize opportunities and weather operational setbacks“. The £2 million they’ve earmarked for legal fights won’t cover the potential total cost of their losses, so Jolyon will have to raid his war chest if things continue to go south. Jolyon’s track record of losing 81% of his cases may not assure donors that the GLP is in good shape, and there’s nothing to worry about. Still, as he points out, he’s relying on more patrons parting with their money…

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Jolyon Falsely Takes Credit for Met Probe Again, Launches Another Legal Crusade

Right on cue, Jolyon and his learned friends are embarking on another judicial review crusade, this time against the Met. He may have previously promised the Good Law Project (GLP) would stop doing this so much, owing to “eye-watering costs” and the number of judges telling him to stop wasting their time, though he’s clearly changed his mind. Old habits die hard.

Teaming up with Adam Wagner and former Met chief-turned-LibDem Brian Paddick, the GLP announced today they were initiating preliminary legal proceedings against the Met over their “failure” to adequately investigate Boris over Partygate. In other words, to not help them achieve their desired political outcome…

“We invite the Met to confirm it will rectify its failures to investigate the Prime Minister’s participation in the Three Gatherings, or provide us with its reasons so we can assess the lawfulness of its refusal. Unless it does, and we have given it 14 days to comply, we will begin further judicial review proceedings.”

Self-professed Covid law expert Adam Wagner proving he’s not at all bitter about the PM receiving only one fine…

Jolyon is also still pretending he’s responsible for the Met’s investigation in the first place, even though the Met have made it perfectly clear he had nothing to do with it:

“For the avoidance of doubt the recent decision was not caused in any way by the instant judicial review claim

“Second, and significantly, the decision of 8 December 2021 was never a final decision. The Defendant made clear to the claimant… that if new information came to light, in particular as a result of the investigations being carried out on behalf of the Cabinet Office by Sue Gray, then the Defendant would decide afresh whether to open an investigation into the alleged gatherings… That is precisely what happened in this case… 

This claim was always premature. Despite that fact being made clear the Claimant still chose to issue this claim. 

Surely this time he’ll finally knock out a win. £4.4 million down, 81% of cases lost… things can only get better.

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Jolyon’s Raised £4.3 Million to Lose 81% of Cases

It goes without saying that Jolyon and his learned friends don’t have the best record when it comes to their pointless noble court battles, although seeing the figures laid out in black-and-white is something else. Guido tips his hat to Labour Pains Blog for having the patience to trawl through the records and put this together…

Their analysis shows that since 2017 the Good Law Project has raised £4,228,308 from its crowdfunding campaigns, to fund 44 legal fights – and “won” a grand total of 8 of them. A success rate of 18%, with no refunds…

His best efforts came early on, with 5 of his 8 big wins arriving in the first two years. Although even then, his “win” over prorogation did nothing to stop Brexit anyway… 

Things took a turn for the worse in 2020, when the pandemic nearly sent him over the edge. Raising £3.1 million to win… 3 cases.

This year he’s managed to calm down a bit, launching only two new cases in five months. Although that might be explained by the number of judges politely suggesting he stops wasting their time…

To be fair, his latest effort is still ongoing, and has so far only raised just over £11,000. A few more donations and maybe this time he’ll clinch a victory…

Hat-tip: Research credit Labour Pains Blog

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Good Law Project Erases Another Lost Case from History

Having resoundingly lost in court again last week, this time over Ministers’ use of private emails and WhatsApp for government communications, Jolyon has once again had to edit the Good Law Project’s (GLP) website for the second time in two months to quietly remove the failed case from the top of his website. Wouldn’t want to mislead any potential donors…

In fairness to Jolyon, last time it took him a lot longer to admit defeat and stop gloating about a loss on the GLP’s homepage: the failed case against against Cummings and Gove remained the headline victory on the site well over a month after it was rejected on appeal. Eventually he replaced it with the WhatsApp case, complete with a handy donation link… which he has now lost. This time he took it down a lot quicker…

In its place, would-be donors will now find links to GLP’s next big challenge: an alleged “cover-up” over at Abingdon Health. As usual, they’re crowdfunding, and they need your money. They have to pay the government’s £125,000 of costs from the last lost case…

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Jolyon Loses Major Case Over Government Use of Whatsapp

While Jolyon may have promised to stop submitting pointless judicial review challenges in future, he still had one more big loss in him before he rides off into the supposed sunset. This morning the High Court threw out the Good Law Project’s claim over Ministers’ use of private emails and WhatsApp for government communications, on the grounds that, once again, the claim wasn’t appropriate for judicial review:

“Each of the claims brought by AtC and GLP fails, because the policies on which they rely are not enforceable in a claim for judicial review [130] – [131], [138], [140], the policies are not contrary to any legal obligation on the Government [135] and because the legislation does not impose an obligation to create or retain records and does not prohibit automatic deletion [133], [139], [141]. A challenge to a 2013 policy of the Cabinet Office fails for the further reason that the claim is out of time.”

This was the big case the GLP plastered all over its website to attract would-be donors, which clearly worked as they raised £118,211. As per usual Jolyon’s backers can expect no refunds. All they get is a quiet message reading “It’s not the result we hoped for” blog post, and a promise – as always – to appeal the decision. This also means they’ll have to redesign their homepage again, now that their landmark case has failed for the second time in three months…

It’s been a rough week for Jolyon. Not only has he lost his hail mary legal case, he’s also losing his loyal lieutenant and long-serving Legal Director, Gemma Abbott, who yesterday announced she’s leaving her post. He’s now looking for both a new Director of Campaigns and a new Legal Director. Big shoes to fill…

UPDATE: Jolyon has been ordered to pay £125,000 in costs to the Treasury.

Lol.

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