Ezeugo, R v Director of Legal Aid Casework, Court of Appeal - Administrative Court, March 28, 2018, [2018] EWHC 691 (Admin)

Resolution Date:March 28, 2018
Issuing Organization:Administrative Court
Actores:Ezeugo, R v Director of Legal Aid Casework
 
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Case No: CO/5860/2017

Neutral Citation Number: [2018] EWHC 691 (Admin)

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION

ADMINISTRATIVE COURT

Royal Courts of Justice

Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: 28/03/2018

Before :

MRS JUSTICE MCGOWAN

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Between :

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Mr Kinsley Ezeugo appeared in person

Mr Rupert Cohen (instructed by The Government Legal Department) for the Defendant

Hearing date: 6th February 2017

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JudgmentMrs Justice McGowan :

  1. This is a claim for Interim Relief and an application for permission to bring Judicial Review proceedings. In a claim form dated 19 December 2017 Kinsley Ezeugo, (``the Claimant'') seeks Judicial Review of ``The Defendant's lack of decision of failure to transfer Substative Certificate Number; HFYFTKE15358/B/J/2 for (Full Representation) TAB-C: p5 to the Claimant's Solicitors-with adequate funding.'' (sic).

  2. The ``Respondent'' is the Director of Legal Aid Casework. The Claimant also seeks urgent relief, claiming that his family is in ``mortal danger''.

  3. It arises out of a lengthy and complicated history of actions brought by the Claimant. This claim is brought in relation to the conduct of his application for legal aid to bring proceedings against the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis.

  4. A rolled-up hearing was ordered. At that hearing the Claimant requested that all the papers be re-read before judgment was given. I have complied with that request. In further communication by email dated 22 February 2018, he refers to the matter at issue as ``a very simple decision, in obviously very simple very narrow issue''. I agree with that characterisation.

  5. The original claim against the Police was brought on 16 May 2007. In April 2011 the Claimant applied for legal aid to pursue this claim. Since that time the Claimant has been represented by a series of different firms of solicitors during the litigation. A number of legal aid certificates have been granted by the Respondent to those solicitors and the costs limits have, on occasion, been varied upwards.

  6. It is unnecessary to set out the detail of the full history of the representation in this case. The sequence of events relevant to this claim begin in July 2017. The Claimant had dispensed with the services of Kaim Todner and wished to instruct Salhan & Co.

  7. On 21 November 2017 Salhan & Co...

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