Richard III judicial review kicks off at last

11KBW has picked up another role on the postponed judicial review to determine the final resting place of Richard III, with barrister Andrew Sharland instructed for Leicester City Council.

Sharland joins set mates Anya Proops and Heather Emmerson on the case, which will be heard before Lady Justice Hallett and Mr Justices Ouseley and Haddon-Cave today and tomorrow (13-14 March) in the Royal Courts of Justice.

He is instructed by Leicester City Council, replacing 3 Stone Buildings’ Norman Palmer QC who represented the council when it was joined to the case as the third defendant in November (26 November 2013).

Proops and Emmerson are instructed by the University of Leicester’s legal head Penny McConnell. The university is the second defendant in the case, which is brought by the Plantagenet Alliance against the Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling MP.

Treasury Devil James Eadie QC of Blackstone Chambers is leading 3 Raymond Buildings’ Ben Watson for the Government.

Matthew Howarth, the litigation head at Leeds firm Gordons, has instructed Blackstone’s Gerard Clarke and Tom Cleaver for the claimants.

The alliance, a group styling itself as the descendants of Richard III, is challenging the lack of consultation over the terms of an exhumation licence which allowed Leicester University to dig up the king’s skeleton from a carpark in September 2012. The licence stipulated the remains should be reinterred at the Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester cathedral or “in a burial ground in which interments may legally take place” by 31 August this year.

The claimants are campaigning for Richard III to be buried in York Minster instead of Leicester.

Haddon-Cave J granted permission for the judicial review last year (16 August 2013), and later confirmed a full protective costs order of £70,000.

The legal line-up:

For the claimants, the Plantagenet Alliance

Gordons partner Matthew Howarth, instructing Blackstone Chambers’ Gerard Clarke and Tom Cleaver

For the first defendant, the Secretary of State for Justice

Treasury Solicitors, instructing Blackstone Chambers’ James Eadie QC and 3 Raymond Buildings’ Ben Watson

For the second defendant, the University of Leicester

In-house counsel Penny McConnell, instructing 11KBW’s Anya Proops and Heather Emmerson

For the third defendant, Leicester City Council

In-house counsel, instructing 11KBW’s Andrew Sharland

For the first interested party, the Cathedral of Saint Martin Leicester

Latham & Co senior partner Trevor Kirkman