UK Crony Capitalism: Tuesday in Court

16 May 2021 — Good Law Project

On Tuesday, our legal challenge to the PPE procurement scandal will be heard in the High Court. It’s the first day of a mammoth five day hearing.

It is the culmination of months of work building our case and we have had to fight Government at every stage to get to this point. When they estimated an eye-watering costs bill that could have prevented us taking the case forward, we went to court and successfully secured a cap on costs. And when they refused to disclose information that could prove crucial to the case, we again went before a Judge to argue the evidence should be provided. The Judge agreed.

Going up against the significant resources of Government to expose this scandal has only been possible thanks to ordinary people chipping in to our legal challenge. If you are in a position to do so, you can donate using the button below:

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Good Law Project first started looking into Government procurement all the way back in May last year when we spotted a small news report that a pest control company had been handed an enormous PPE contract. As we started to pull at the thread of this unusual contract award, the whole scandal began to unravel.

Over the last year through the course of this litigation, we have uncovered an opaque ‘VIP Lane’, where politically-connected companies were fast-tracked for lucrative deals and revealed that millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money were spent on PPE that couldn’t be used for its intended purposes.

There will no doubt be more shocking revelations in court next week about how Government went about awarding hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers money. We will update you as soon as we can.
Thank you,
Jo Maugham
Director of Good Law Project

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