Jason Coppel QC and Edd Capewell successful in Law Centres Network judicial review


Mrs Justice Andrews has today handed down judgment in the Law Centres Network’s challenge to the Lord Chancellor’s decision to re-tender for legal aid contracts to deliver Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes (HPCDS). Quashing the decision, Andrews J found it to have been taken on a flawed and irrational basis and in breach of the public sector equality duty. The HPCDS procurement exercise – the outcome of which was announced in May 2018, and which involved a reduction in the number of legal aid contracts from over 100 to 47 – will therefore have to be re-run on a lawful basis.

The judgment can be found here.

Further detail can be found here: http://www.publiclawproject.org.uk/news/104/

Jason Coppel QC and Edward Capewell acted for the Law Centres Network instructed by Polly Brendon of the Public Law Project