Why do the Inns of Court make public their combined £4.7m scholarship fund, but refuse to disclose the revenue they generate from their massive property portfolios? Inner Temple recruitment manager Anthony Dursi sheds some light on this bugbear of journalist Alex Aldridge, while corporate lawyer Kevin Poulter wonders out loud whether anyone really cares.
There's also inside info on Inns scholarships. Which Inns interview all applicants? Which award according to need? Which award on merit only?
Plus Dursi, Aldridge and Poulter share their contrasting views on Occupy London's plan to conduct mock trials of bankers in a disused Old Street coutroom. And Dursi reveals how Inner Temple felt about last year's bid by a disgruntled law graduate to occupy the Inns of Court.
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Occupy London protesters have been granted the right to continue squatting a disused Old Street magistrates’ court (pictured below) until January 23 – giving the group the opportunity to stage a series of “trials of the 1%” over the next three weeks.
The decision to allow the protesters to stay was made yesterday in the warmer climes of Clerkenwell County Court, where Occupy came to an agreement with the Old Street building’s property developer owner Mastcraft Limited (represented by Stratford solicitors’ firm Bowling & Co.).
Gytis Turbinas, one of the members of Occupy’s legal team, told Legal Cheek that the group was “very happy” with the outcome. “It’s in our interests to not have these court cases,” he said. “Three weeks gives us enough time. And it saves Mastcraft money enforcing a possession order and incurring further court expenses. We have reached an agreement that is good for all sides.”
Occupy London’s fledgling Occupy Justice campaign will find out this morning whether it can continue occupying a disused Shoreditch magistrates’ court (pictured), where its members have been holed up since 20 December.
An adjournment to the interim possession order proceedings brought against Occupy by the court’s property developer owner, Mastcraft Limited, will buy the protesters several weeks in which to complete their objective of conducting a series of "trials of the 1%".
But an eviction notice will see Occupy forced to leave the premises within 24 hours.