24th February 2021
The campaigning group Good Law Project and its fellow claimants have withdrawn their high-profile judicial review challenge to the Government’s Covid-19 mass asymptomatic testing programme, referred to as ‘Operation Moonshot’. Nicholas Chapman acted for the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
The claimants, which included Dale Vince and Ecotricity, claimed that the Government’s decision to allocate what was alleged to be around £100bn in public money and to enter into a series of contracts for rapid-turnaround Covid-19 testing technology breached procurement laws and a legally enforceable duty to consult, and was irrational.
Mr Justice Lavender refused the claimants permission on all grounds at the start of February 2021. The claimants initially renewed their application, but have now withdrawn the claim in its entirety.
Nicholas Chapman was first junior for the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary in a team led by Philip Moser QC.