A businessman has filed a High Court challenge against the Covid-19 lockdown rules in England – describing them as « some of the most extreme restrictions imposed on fundamental freedoms in the modern era ».
Simon Dolan, who according to the Sunday Times Rich List is worth £200 million, is bringing a claim against Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson over the regulations.
Mr Dolan is seeking a judicial review of the regulations, which he claims are costing the economy £2.5 billion a day and are a « disproportionate » breach of certain freedoms protected by the European Convention on Human Rights.
His legal action, for which he has raised £125,000 from around 4,000 individuals so far through crowdfunding, is also challenging the decision to close schools and asks for disclosure of minutes from all Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) meetings since the beginning of the year.
In papers lodged with the court by his legal team, his barrister, Philip Havers QC, argues that the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 are unlawful and beyond the Government’s powers.