DLA advises GLA and Transport for London on threat of legal action by Class Law
DLA, the firm acting for the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London, has said that a possible legal challenge to congestion charging would be out of time. The fact is that the time limit for instituting a judicial review challenge is three months. That expired in May last year, said litigation partner Matthew Saunders. Class Law sent a pre-action disclosure letter to London Mayor Ken Livingstone last Tuesday, on behalf of Derek Hudson, a representative of Smithfield Market. The letter challenges the legal validity of the scheme on the grounds that the GLA had failed to follow the correct consultation procedure. Saunders has since sent Class Law copies of the documents relating to the consultation process and also a copy of the judgement handed down by Justice Morris Kay on 31 July last year. The judgement relates to a similar judicial review challenge that was brought by Westminster City Council. The High Court found that the consultation procedure had been correctly followed.