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The Activist Lawyer Suing UK Gov't Over 'Crony' COVID Deals

By Richard Crump (November 19, 2021, 7:35 PM GMT) -- Tax barrister turned good governance activist Jolyon Maugham wields judicial review like a weapon, challenging the legality of hundreds of millions of pounds of government COVID-19 contracts.

Maugham, who founded the Good Law Project in 2017, has made heavy use of the court proceeding, in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision made by a public body.

After first making headlines for high-profile Brexit challenges in the courts, his group has focused public scrutiny on the British government's pandemic spending, including allegations that many contracts went to providers based on their connections to high-ranking ministers.

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