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Money for Dominic Cummings' mates

On 3 March 2020, the Cabinet Office shook hands with Public First. There was no formal contract, prior advertisement, or competitive tender process. The directors and owners of Public First are Ms Rachel Wolf and Mr James Frayne, who have close connections with both the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP and Mr Dominic Cummings.

We believe that money for your mates, on a handshake, formalised later, is unlawful.

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BREAKING: Court Order shows Boris Johnson misled Parliament over Covid contracts

3 days after the High Court ruled Government had acted unlawfully by failing to publish Covid contracts, Boris Johnson stood up in the House of Commons and reassured MPs and the public that all Covid-related...

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We’re hiring: Public Law Litigator (Upholding Democracy)

At Good Law Project we are not for or against Government. But we are for good governance. Join us to use litigation strategically to hold those with power to account and to protect and uphold...

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We’re hiring: Digital Growth Manager

About Good Law Project Good Law Project is a not-for-profit campaign organisation. Our mission is to achieve change through the law. We defend, define and change the law to protect the environment, uphold democracy and ensure...

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They want to silence us

The law of libel has been reformed to make it harder for those who say they have been defamed to win in court. But the world the law envisages is not always the real world. In...

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We’re hiring: HR Business Partner

About Good Law Project Good Law Project’s mission is to achieve change through the law. We defend, define and change the law to protect the environment, uphold democracy and ensure no one is left behind. We...

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Operation Moonshot: an update

Last month, the Courts refused ‘permission’ on the papers for the judicial review over ‘Operation Moonshot’, the case we were bringing alongside EveryDoctor, Aron Cohen, and Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity. We had applied for...

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Australian travel firm handed controversial Covid contract following call from person “close to” Boris Johnson

Brisbane-based firm Corporate Travel Management (CTM) has been awarded at least two lucrative Covid-related contracts by the UK Government.  The first, awarded in March 2020, was to provide support repatriating UK citizens stranded around the globe,...

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We will keep fighting

We are pleased to be able to tell you that the Court has granted a cost-capping order in our judicial review over the award of huge PPE contracts, without advertisement or competition, to Pestfix (a...

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Tomorrow in Court

Tomorrow, the High Court will hear our application for a cost capping order in our judicial review of Government’s decision to award huge PPE contracts to questionable counterparties. We have been forced to apply for the order, which...

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The judgment is in

The High Court has ruled “The Secretary of State acted unlawfully by failing to comply with the Transparency Policy” and that “there is now no dispute that, in a substantial number of cases, the Secretary...

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Yesterday in court

“This agency is the one who are Dom Cummings / Lee Cain’s mates, and hence getting all our work with no contract BUT are also spending much money on doing all our ridiculous groups”. These are...

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Deloitte

The consultancy gravy train shows no sign of stopping. The Department of Health awarded the multi-national professional services firm, Deloitte, a COVID-19 contract that could be worth almost £1 million a day without the contract...

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Spending public money for political advantage

Correspondence from Government shows it plans to claim a staggering £500k-600k in costs for a one day hearing of a judicial review challenge to a contract awarded by Dominic Cummings to his friends at Public...

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More PPE that can’t be used by the NHS

You may remember the tale of the jeweller from Florida and the Spanish intermediary who profited to the tune of tens of millions of pounds from vast PPE contracts, paid for with taxpayers’ money. Well,...

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We are not for or against Government. But we are for good governance

On 21 January we issued proceedings to challenge what we saw as an abuse of so-called Henry VIII powers – powers for Ministers to effect major law change in a way that bypasses Parliament. Here is...

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Another extraordinary revelation in our Abingdon case

Last week we revealed Government had cancelled all orders with Abingdon Health for antibody lateral flow tests because it had failed to gain approval from the MHRA for home use of those tests.  Today, an explosive...

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Civil servants were asked to break the law for the convenience of No. 10 special advisers

Emails read to the High Court yesterday showed that civil servants in the Department of Health and Social Care were asked unlawfully to delay meeting their obligations to publish procurement contracts to meet the convenience...

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Government in breach of the law

Yesterday in open court, lawyers acting on behalf of Government admitted it had breached the law by persistently failing to publish details of COVID-19 contracts.  Not only were they knowingly in breach of the law, but...

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Buying injustice

Tomorrow sees our legal challenge for Government’s failure to disclose details of COVID-19-related contracts. The case is being brought by Good Law Project along with a cross-party group of MPs – Caroline Lucas (Green), Debbie...

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Relegating Parliament

In 1539, Henry VIII gained the right to legislate by decree, enabling him to bypass Parliament altogether. And now Boris Johnson, the man who has already tried and failed to suspend Parliament, is taking further...

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Permission granted – we’ve cleared the first hurdle

The High Court has granted permission for Brook, Endocrine Society and Gendered Intelligence to intervene.  The voice of trans young people and the voice of the experts who prescribe puberty blockers should have been before the...

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Is Government ramping up costs to silence us?

Correspondence with Government has revealed they expect to spend a staggering £1 million defending our judicial review of their decisions to award contracts criticised by the NAO. This is a sum unprecedented in our lawyers’...

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Another remarkable update on this case

On 21st January, Government wrote to our lawyers to say that they had cancelled, with immediate effect, all outstanding orders placed with Abingdon Health for antibody lateral flow tests, because they had failed to gain...

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We have filed our intervention

We are pleased to announce that we have now filed our intervention in the Tavistock’s appeal against the Bell judgment. The intervention is made on behalf of a small group of NGOs – Stonewall, Endocrine Society,...

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Firm founded by Tory donor providing substandard laptops for vulnerable children

Of the million laptops Government ordered for remote learning during lockdown, more than three quarters have come from Computacenter. The total value of the contracts awarded to Computacenter is at least £198 million. Its founder,...

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Let’s give all children access to their education

by Pippa Van Praagh, Trustee, Together With Migrant Children Despite the promises of more laptops and devices for kids who need them, many families across the country are still waiting, and children are still missing...

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Neither too early nor too late: Goldilocks litigation in the climate space

By Jolyon Maugham QC and Gabriella De Souza Crook Abstract This opinion discusses Good Law Project’s approach to climate change litigation. It argues that the law has an important role in achieving positive change in the climate...

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They cannot evade scrutiny in the courts

The UK now has the highest COVID-19 death rate per capita of anywhere in the world. As we try and make sense of how we got our response so wretchedly wrong, just how significant will...

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They continue to profit by providing inadequate food to hungry children

Depressing incompetence, a lack of forward planning, and a hefty dose of cronyism: these are the hallmarks of Government’s handling of the pandemic. And, of all the impacts, amongst the worst is that vulnerable children...

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Private companies maximise profits as the young and the vulnerable suffer

You will have seen the shocking photos of the food being provided to children on free school meals who are stuck at home during the current lockdown. The provision of these meals was contracted out –...

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Government is putting its own reputation ahead of the health of poor families

We know that poorer and BAME families are exposed to higher Covid-19 risks. But now, because of Government’s continuing failure to arrange for the children of those families to be educated online, they will be...

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Court refuses permission in the Clean Air Case – but there’s a silver lining

We have previously written about our challenge to force Government to review its Clean Air Strategy – and that we failed to get permission to bring that challenge. The challenge was a vehicle to establish in...

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