Legal Challenge

Mar 052018
 
Please support our crowdfunder to fund stopHDV's appeal to the court of appeal

The appeal to the High Court is being launched by Gordon Peters, aboutHaringey Council’s plan to transfer all publicly owned property portfolio to a private company, called the Haringey Development Vehicle – or HDV.  The financial risk is immense – potentially £2 Billion – and is on a scale unparalleled in any other Local Authority in the Read More…

Decision on Judicial Review of HDV

 Posted by on 9th February 2018
Feb 092018
 
Decision on Judicial Review of HDV

In response to the Judge’s decision StopHDV said “Having heard the Judges decision, there are clear and strong grounds for appeal in the Judicial Review on the hDV. Leigh Day Solicitors are currently writing an appeal which will be lodged within 7 days” Gordon Peters (the claimant) said the judge has said he agrees with Read More…

Statement by Leigh Day Solicitor for StopHDV

 Posted by on 26th January 2018
Jan 262018
 

A lawyer acting on behalf of residents opposed to the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) has welcomed the vote by Labour’s National Executive Committee to halt the housing privatisation plans. Rowan Smith, from Law firm Leigh Day, said: “The vote by Labour’s national ruling committee to halt housing privatisation plans in Haringey could well sound the Read More…

Nov 292017
 

  HIGH COURT HEARING 25TH AND 26TH OCTOBER 2017   IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE CO/3713/2017 QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION PLANNING COURT BETWEEN: GORDON PETERS (ON BEHALF OF THE STOP THE HDV CAMPAIGN GROUP) Claimant -and- LONDON BOROUGH OF HARINGEY Defendant -and- LENDLEASE EUROPE HOLDINGS LIMITED – Interested Party   Heard by JUSTICE OUSELEY MR Read More…

Legal Update – Gordon Peters

 Posted by on 2nd November 2017
Nov 022017
 
Legal Update - Gordon Peters

David Wolfe, our QC, summed up after hearing the arguments put by three QCs representing Haringey and Lendlease who identified themselves as together in this action.
Our QC was then able to show the many contradictory positions in the Cabinet and HDV process.
The judge will review this and we shall learn when a decision is immanent. Lawyers do not expect this for some weeks yet. The result so far is that we have already effectively delayed the HDV by several months, and nothing can now go ahead until a decision is made on vires

Second day in Court – 26 October 2017

 Posted by on 26th October 2017
Oct 262017
 
Second day in Court - 26 October 2017

Counsel for Haringey Council is reported to have argued (among other things): It is OK for the Council to give up their duties under the Human Rights Act because the Secretary of State can step in. the Council’s key purpose of making profit from the HDV was not meaningful (The judge pointed out he was Read More…

First day in court – 25 October 2017

 Posted by on 26th October 2017
Oct 262017
 
First day in court - 25 October 2017

Supporters of StopHDV gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand on 25 October to demonstrate their opposition to the HDV and support for Gordon Peters in his case for Judicial Review.

Oct 192017
 
Judicial Review of HDV - skeleton argument

Summary of skeleton argument put by Gordon Peters for StopHDV.
The legal argument here is a matter of widespread concern at a lack of accountability and democratic process, and indeed relates to a concern for the fundamental rights of people to a home and support in their community.

It has ramifications far beyond Haringey regarding the ways in which social housing and truly affordable housing are being squeezed out by corporate actions in collusion with councils, many of them Labour councils, as the record of Lendlease in Southwark shows all too dramatically.

Oct 192017
 
Judicial review against Haringey Council - High Court 25/26 October

The Judicial Review on the Haringey Development Vehicle takes place in the High Court , Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London WC2A 2LL on 25 and 26 October, we hope supporters can come and join us in demonstrating support from 9 to 10 am particularly on the first day 25 October. There will also be some public seating from 10 am.

The challenge is to Haringey Council setting up a supposedly 50/50 partnership with the Australian multi-national corporation, Lendlease,