Orient refused permission to pursue judicial review over Olympic Stadium use

Leyton Orient were today told they could not pursue a judicial review into the future of the Olympic

Leyton Orient were today told they could not pursue a judicial review into the future of the Olympic Stadium. File picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Leyton Orient football club today lost the latest round of a fight for a share of the Olympic Stadium when a High Court judge refused to allow the club to pursue a judicial review. The League One football club claimed the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) was wrong to award sole tenancy of the stadium to Premier League side West Ham, and bosses wanted the High Court to intervene.

Lawyers representing Leyton Orient asked a High Court judge to give the club the go-ahead to pursue a judicial review of the corporation’s decision.

They outlined arguments to Mr Justice Lewis at a hearing in London.

But the judge, who also heard arguments from lawyers representing the corporation and West Ham, refused to allow Leyton Orient to pursue a judicial review.

Mr Justice Lewis said Leyton Orient did not have an “arguable” case. He said the corporation had made decisions it was entitled to make - and those decisions were not irrational.

Lawyers for Leyton Orient had argued that the corporation’s decision not to allow the club to share the stadium with West Ham was flawed.

They said the corporation had wrongly had “regard to perceived lack of financial viability” as a reason not to “team” Leyton Orient with West Ham.

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“Leyton Orient does not suggest that it would be viable as a sole occupant of the stadium. Nor does it seek by these proceedings to prevent, disrupt or delay West Ham’s move to the stadium,” Adam Lewis QC, for Leyton Orient, had told the court.

“Rather Leyton Orient wishes to be allowed back into the procurement competition ... and to be awarded a concession to use the stadium jointly with West Ham.”

Mr Lewis said the club had a “clearly arguable” case for a judicial review of the corporation decision.

Lawyers for the corporation had “resisted” Leyton Orient’s claim and said the club’s case was “unarguable” and “lacked merit”.

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