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Night-Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester sends letter before action ahead of potential challenge to restrictions on hospitality sector

The Night-Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, Sacha Lord, has threatened a judicial review challenge into the legality of implementing emergency restrictions on the area's hospitality sector, "without scientific evidence".

Mr Lord tweeted that a pre-action letter had been filed and the Health Secretary's response was awaited.

“The fight goes on,” he said.

Mr Lord said last week that the night-time economy in Greater Manchester was its fifth biggest industry. "It is already on its knees and further closure would undoubtedly lead to mass redundancies and bankruptcies."

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He has instructed Sam Karim QC, Sarah Clover and Leo Charalambides of Kings Chambers on the legal action.

The same trio of barristers is acting for Jeremy Joseph, owner of nightclub G-A-Y, on a challenge to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 as amended on 24th September to include the 10 pm curfew placed on the hospitality sector.

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