Legal Grounds for 2014 JR Application

Conrad Catalan made this Freedom of Information request to Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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The request was successful.

To London Borough of Tower Hamlets,

1. The authority made a Judicial Review application at the Royal Courts of Justice in the matter of a central government ordered investigation into the affairs of the authority. That investigation is active and being undertaken by Messrs Price Waterhouse and Coopers.

2. Please may I have a copy of the JR application showing at least a skeleton argument and the relief sought ?

3. What is the lawful and legal justification for the authority to spend public funds on making this particular JR application and the subsequent request for an oral hearing ?

4. Is the authority attempting to establish a new legal principle, new case law or a revision of existing case law ?

5. What proportion of the JR application costs are being paid by the authority's legal expenses insurers ?

6. In what manner will the authority's residents benefit from a successful JR application ?

7. Which solicitors and barristers are representing the local authority in its JR pursuit ?

8. If the authority is unsuccessful in its JR request, what will be the costs paid-out from the authority's funds ? A provisional estimate is acceptable at this stage.

Conrad Catalan.

Jane L Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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Joytun Akther, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam


Your request for information has been considered under the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please following the link below.






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Dear Joytun Akther,

At (8) the link

"An estimate of the Council’s costs has previously been published in response to FOI 11300 and may be viewed here –
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Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Conrad Catalan

Joytun Akther, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Mr Catalan

I have tried accessing the link and it appears to be working fine. Please try the link below:


Joytun Akther
Complaints & Information Officer
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Town Hall
6th Floor, Mulberry Place, Clove Crescent
London E14 2BG
Tel  020 7364 2241

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Dear Joytun Akther,

Thank you for your prompt response. Your link works.

Happy weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Conrad Catalan