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Ex-magic circle lawyer who brought £1 million claim against Oxford Uni over ‘inadequate’ teaching now sues wealthy parents for life-long maintenance grant

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Faiz Siddiqui, 41, claims he’s dependent on parents due to health issues

A former magic circle lawyer is suing his wealthy parents in an attempt to force them to provide him with a life-long maintenance grant.

Oxford University graduate Faiz Siddiqui, 41, says he’s dependent on his parents and is entitled to financial support as a “vulnerable” adult child of theirs with health issues. He argues that denying his claim would be a breach of his human rights.

The legal bid comes four years after Siddiqui tried to sue his former university when he failed to secure a first class degree. His £1 million compensation claim was struck out by the High Court in 2018.

Siddiqui, who trained as a solicitor at the magic circle law firm Clifford Chance and went on to practise at other big name outfits, currently lives rent-free in an apartment owned by his parents near London’s Hyde Park, The Sun newspaper reports. They give their son, who is said to be unemployed, around £400 a week and cover his bills, but now want to reduce their level of support following a family row.

The claim has now reached the Court of Appeal after being rejected by a family court judge last year. Justin Warshaw QC of 1 Hare Court, who is representing Siddiqui’s parents, said: “These long-suffering parents have their own view of what is suitable provision for their ‘difficult, demanding and pertinacious’ son.”

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Siddiqui hit headlines in 2016 for his negligence claim against Oxford University. The Brasenose College modern history graduate had argued that “inadequate” teaching prevented him pursuing a career as a solicitor at a US law firm or as a high-earning tax barrister. Siddiqui, who graduated with a 2:1 in June 2000, claimed loss of earnings amounting to at least £1 million.

His claim was dismissed in the High Court in 2018, with the judge saying he was not convinced the university’s teaching was “negligently inadequate”. Siddiqui faced a legal bill of up to £75,000 it was reported at the time.

Legal Cheek was unable to reach Siddiqui for comment.

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