Crystal Palace

MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Bob Neill
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In relation to the Mayor's decision formally to object to liquor license applications at the proposed Crystal Palace development, will he a) disclose the legal advice upon which he based his decision; and b) state the costs incurred by the GLA in pursuance of this objection, including all legal costs and dispursement and staff time expended?


Answer for Crystal Palace

Answer for Crystal Palace

Answered By: 
The Mayor

David Elvin QC had previously approved the use of my general power regarding the proposed development at Crystal Palace. His advice was considered by Gerald Gouriet, the barrister instructed to act for me on the licensing applications. Mr Gouriet adopted Mr Elvin's advice, advised on one issue not addressed specifically by it and stated that he had "no hesitation in advising that this objection falls within the Mayor"s powers'.

The cost consisted of Mr Gouriet's fee and the attendance at court of one staff lawyer. This must have been exceeded by the costs incurred by Bromley which, for an advisory role normally performed by a technical officer, instructed a QC and a junior barrister, and had very senior legal and planning officers present in court.