‘A wealthy businessman has launched the legal bid, claiming the coronavirus lockdown will kill more people than it saves. Simon Dolan, whose Jota Aviation company has been delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS, is seeking a judicial review over the Government’s emergency measures that he claims restrict people’s personal liberty.
His legal challenge mirrors the action taken by Gina Miller over Brexit, on the grounds that the lockdown was both legally defective and disproportionate in law.
Accusing the Government of “paralysing the country” and causing “long term damage”, he is calling on Boris Johnson to relax the current lockdown restrictions and introduce three key changes to allow the economy to recover.
This includes permitting gatherings of up to 100 people, reopening schools and reviewing the lockdown restrictions every two weeks.
Mr Dolan’s lawyers have sent a ‘Letter Before Action’ to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, giving him until Thursday May 7 to respond.
Lawyers seek to challenge the Government on three main points.
Firstly, whether the lockdown is unlawful because the Government implemented regulations under the Public Health Act 1984 instead of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 or the Coronavirus Act 2020.’