Judge rejects bid for Grenfell fire inquiry judicial review

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Sep 14, 2017
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The inquiry panel was accused of looking like “a throwback to colonial days”

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A High Court judge has rejected an application for an judicial review of the Grenfell fire inquiry panel amid allegations that it did not reflect ethnic and social diversity.

Lord Justice Jay described the application as “peremptory and high-handed”, according to a report on the website Legal Voice.

Proceedings had been brought by a collection of ethnic minority lawyers called BMELawyers4Grenfell.

Peter Herbert, one of the claimants and the president of the Society of Black Lawyers, told the site that the current composition of the inquiry “looks like and is perceived as a throwback to colonial days. In terms of representing an ethnically and religiously diverse community it is simply not good enough.”

Herbert argued that the judicial review application was “the first time that the black community has taken on the establishment in this way”, adding that his group was “not put off by the decision and we will come back in two or three months if we need to”.

The group has submitted a list of potential panel members for the inquiry, which is being chaired by the retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick. Suggested names included Courtenay Griffiths, QC, of 25 Bedford Row chambers in London.

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