Olympic Stadium: Barry Hearn calls for judicial review
Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn will mount a legal challenge over the future of the Olympic Stadium.
London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has named West Ham United as the
to move into the venue and said the process had been "robust, fair and transparent".
But Hearn told BBC London: "We believe the rules of the bidding process set out by the LLDC have not been followed.
"We are challenging them by asking the High Court to issue a judicial review."
In a statement LLDC said: "We have been notified that Leyton Orient have made the decision to issue proceedings for judicial review.
"Whilst this is disappointing, we believe that our processes have been robust, fair and transparent and that the challenge is misconceived."
League One side Leyton Orient and West Ham were among four parties to bid for tenancy of the £429 million venue, along with UCFB College of Football Business and
a consortium linked to Formula 1.
“Our legal advice is that there is a fundamental flaw in the LLDC's bidding process that has to be rectified”
Barry HearnLeyton Orient chairman
This is the second attempt to resolve the stadium's future use after the initial process which identified West Ham as preferred bidders
collapsed in October 2011
following a legal challenge by Tottenham Hotspur and other difficulties.
Hearn argues that the current process carried out by the LLDC has ignored the possibility of Orient and West Ham sharing the stadium.
"All parties signed up to the principle of 'teaming' and we don't think that serious consideration has been given to Leyton Orient sharing or 'teaming' with West Ham in the occupancy of the Olympic Stadium.
"Our legal advice is that there is a fundamental flaw in the LLDC's bidding process that has to be rectified.
"I went to two Queen's Counsels to be instructed on this and they both agreed that this whole operation has been a massive mistake by LLDC.
"Those are their words, not mine.
"As such we are very confident the judicial review will show us to be correct and the bidding process will have to take into account the teaming principles.
"We know we are fighting for our future and survival. We have to follow the rules as laid down and other parties have to follow them as well.
"Clearly that has not been done and we want to know why."
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