Readers may recall the spot of bother Inner Temple had last year with cottagers, who identified its toilets as an excellent location for enjoying sexual encounters. Since our exposé brought news of the problem to the world, the toilets in question have, intriguingly, remained listed on top cottaging websites gayscout.com and cruisinggays.com...
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The Court of Appeal has dismissed a libel case brought by a pupillage-less Bar graduate against his old university.
Representing himself, Keith Crossland had sued Glamorgan University for comments its staff members made by email when they tried to prevent him doing the second year of a master's degree. Crossland had sought to do the course after he completed the Bar Vocational Course (now known as the BPTC) at the University of the West of England in 2009...
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On World Toilet Day – which we urge lawyers to engage generously with – we can reveal that the toilets at the College of Law’s Bloomsbury branch have become the latest legal destination to be targeted by cottagers. The news comes months after Inner Temple was forced to call in the police to deal with its own cottaging problem.
Like Inner Temple, the College of Law now features on the Cruising Gays website, with the basement toilets in the Bloomsbury centre’s building on Ridgmount Place recommended as a "discreet" location for hook-ups...
Yesterday, Basildon Crown Court was told how Anton Van Dellen – a lecturer on BPP Law School’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) until as recently as April – drove a 15-year-old boy to a secluded spot, locked the doors of his car and encouraged him to carry out a sex act.
The former lecturer on the BPTC conference skills and intellectual property modules at BPP’s Holborn branch denies the charge of meeting a child aged under 16 after sexual grooming.