Tribunal report posted


Last week, the remaining arguments were again presented in a continuation of the appeal made by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) against the ruling by the Information Commissioner that the full financial terms of their contract with West Ham United be published.

We have provided the following document, summing up the remarks at the tribunal hearing of Richard Hunt, who pursued the original case. The document neatly sums up the arguments put forward by the coalition in favour of full disclosure.

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Tribunal to reconvene on 17th March


Date: 11/03/2016

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Tribunal hearing Freedom of Information appeal to reconvene on the 17th March Coalition calls for LLDC to “respect decision”

The previously adjourned hearing concerning the appeal by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) against the Information Commissioner’s (ICO) order to publish the full financial terms of the deal between itself and West Ham United FC will reconvene on Thursday March 17th at 10:00, at Court 4, 15 Bream’s Buildings, London, EC4A 1DZ. Map here:

A spokesman said:

“We have already demonstrated to the tribunal that it is impossible for another football club to share the stadium, despite the LLDC’s insistence, and the fact that West Ham United were perfectly happy to contradict the LLDC view only serves to underscore the strength of our case.”

“We hope, given this, and the weight of other evidence presented to support our case, that the LLDC and anyone else with influence over them, respects the decision of the tribunal and doesn’t seek a further appeal. During a time when the LLDC itself is struggling to make a commercial success of the Olympic legacy, racking up thousands more on top of the £21,000 of taxpayers’ money already spent on this appeal alone does seem to be frivolous.”

This is what we don’t yet know:

  • How much the stadium costs to hire
  • How much the stadium maintenance will cost, and who will pay for it
  • How much each party will earn from stadium naming rights
  • What happens to the stadium in the event of financial difficulties at stadium company E20
  • What happens if West Ham United is sold by its current owners
  • How much West Ham United earns from matchday catering
  • How many jobs are being ‘created’
  • How much office space is being provided to West Ham United and on what terms

You can read more on our website, where we’ve posted information about each of these issues, and why we think they matter.