High court rules use of ‘VIP lane’ to award Covid PPE contracts unlawful

The Good Law Project has won its case against the government over the use of a “VIP lane” to award PPE contracts. In a written judgment, handed down on Wednesday, Mrs Justice O’Farrell said the Good Law Project and EveryDoctor, who together had challenged the lawfulness of the way billions of pounds worth of contracts were awarded through the high priority lane, had established that its operation was “in breach of the obligation of equal treatment”.

Describing the allocation of offers to the VIP lane as “flawed”, the judge said: “There is evidence that opportunities were treated as high priority even where there were no objectively justifiable grounds for expediting the offer.”

Full story in The Guardian, 12 January 2022

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