Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has instructed Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC to lead its judicial review proceedings into the decision to give West Ham United use of the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games.
Rose was instructed by Olswang partner Dan Tench to lead the fight against the London Borough of Newham, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Government.
The matter is shaping up to be one of the biggest sports case of the year, with seven top notch silks involved with the proceedings.
Newham Council has instructed Blackstone Chambers’ John Howell QC to lead Paul Luckhurst and Tom de la Mare in defence of the claim.
The OPLC, whose board recommended West Ham as the preferred bidder, has drafted in Brick Court’s Richard Gordon QC and Monckton Chambers’ Daniel Beard QC.
The Greater London Authority has also gone to Brick Court, instructing Martin Chamberlain.
Monckton Chambers’ Paul Harris QC and Alan Bates have won the Government mandate, advising the Department for Culture Media & Sport and The Communities and Local Government.
West Ham, which will be an interested party in the proceedings, has also gone to Blackstone, with David Pannick QC instructed by Henri Brandman & Co name partner Henri Brandman.
In a separate move Leyton Orient Football Club has also kick started judicial review proceedings, with Mishcon de Reya instructing Adam Lewis QC to lead Tom Richards, both of Blackstone Chambers, for the club. The Leyton Orient judicial review is on the same subject as the Tottenham Hotspur one.
West Ham, in a joint bid with Newham Council, wants to convert the 80,000-seater stadium into a 60,000-seater stadium, keeping an athletics track.
The club plans to move from Upton Park in 2014-15 with a 250-year lease and to give a 250-year lease to UK Athletics (UKA).
Spurs’ case will scrutinise details of a £40m loan provided by Newham Council to finance the move.
No hearing date has been set down yet and more counsel could be added to the list. A source close to the case said it was likely the court would join Spurs’ proceedings with those launched by Leyton Orient.