Judicial Review Finances

Our successful judicial review on the redefinition of “woman” in the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 has now concluded and all finances settled. The final figures in bringing this action, for both the initial case and the appeal, are as follows:

Legal and court fees£195,047.43CrowdJustice fundraiser (net)£183,399.50
General donations to FWS£11,642.91

This was an extraordinarily expensive undertaking and our thanks, and all credit, goes to everyone who made it possible by donating and supporting the case.

We are also pleased to confirm that, following the Court of Session ruling which found the Scottish Government liable for our legal costs, we have now received a full and final settlement of £147,500.

This payment will be used to cover our ongoing costs in a second judicial review which is currently underway. The substantive hearing has been set for 9th and 10th November 2022.

Update 15 Oct 2022:

Two Freedom of Information responses have revealed that the taxpayer funded the Scottish Government’s legal bills totalling £216,063.60. This includes their legal costs of £32,819 for the initial case and £35,744.60 for the appeal, plus the expenses paid to us of £147,500.