Cloisters’ Head of Public Law, Sheryn Omeri, is instructed, together with Hugh Southey QC of Matrix Chambers, by Rook Irwin Sweeney, to intervene in an application for judicial review brought by businessman, Simon Dolan who seeks to challenge the lawfulness of the Coronavirus restrictions. Sheryn and Hugh are instructed to intervene on behalf of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB). They will argue that the restrictions form part of the Government’s positive duty to safeguard the right to life of low-paid workers as well as those of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity, under Articles 2 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Public Health England has recently confirmed that covid-19 has a disproportionate impact upon those of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity, who are at a between 10 and 50% higher risk of dying from covid-19 when compared to those of White British ethnicity.
The IWGB press release can be found here: https://iwgb.org.uk/en/post/dolan_case_intervention