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No cab rank? Supreme Court judges criticised for pricey private car rides

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Official 1.4 mile trip cost £104

The Supreme Court has been criticised for chauffeuring its justices around London using a pricey private car service.

A far cry from the traditional black cab or UberX service, the unnamed private hire company apparently implements a rather hefty minimum fee policy of £48 — regardless of the length of the trip taken.

This has led to some rather eye-catching expenses, with The Spectator reporting that Lord Lloyd-Jones was once hit with a sizeable bill of £103.80 on a short round trip to Buckingham Palace in the summer of 2018.

According to a freedom of information (FOI) request made by the magazine, the top judge expensed £55.80 for the 0.7 mile journey from the Westminster court to the palace garden party and then £48 for the return. This, the magazine points out, is the equivalent of £103.80 for 1.4 miles.

A spokesperson for the Supreme Court told the magazine that it “books car services for justices on official business of the court”.

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By way of comparison, Legal Cheek estimates the same round trip will set you back around £13 in an UberX and roughly £23 using its premium UberExec service.

It’s not the only example thrown up by the FOI request. Current president Supreme Court chief Lord Reed, and the now retired Lord Sumption, Lord Neuberger and Lady Hale all wracked up rather expensive taxi rides — although it’s hardly the justices fault that the Supreme Court elected to go with a particularly pricey private hire service.

Of course, the Supreme Court’s private car largesse pales in comparison when compared with the government’s recent relaxed attitudes towards splashing taxpayer’s cash. Indeed, some may see stirring up ire at judges expensive trips as useful cover for the PPE procurement scandal.

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11 Comments

Pedro Dice

LC, why don’t you attempt some independent journalism like the Spectator instead of just spending all day browsing the internet and regurgitating anything that looks law-related?

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Anon

Because LC is run by failed journalists who lack the skills to write anything original.

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M'Lady

The irony is that you’re a failed lawyer and your comment is unoriginal.

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M'Lord

The irony is that you’re a failed troll and you comment is cut and paste from a decade ago.

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Augustine of Hippo (St.)

The irony is that we are all flawed, failed human beings who can only find redemption through the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

LC defender

That is very unfair to Alex and Tom. They both passed the BVC. They just failed to get pupillage. They also don’t hold themselves out as journalists. They are conference and event organisers who run a blog to promote their events and clients.

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that’s about how much my lambo costs to run per mile ahahaha look at me im so funny

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Yes I've had a lambo, it was green

Obvs never had a lambo.

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Anon

Lambos are for new money without class. Think Chelsea second string squad.

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Anonymous

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

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Anon@mon.com

Unfortunately everything now has to be judged by the financial benchmark of the angry male Red Wall voter, mediocre Northerners who think earning £50k a year is making a lot of money.

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