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Judicial Review 8th & 9th September

PUBLISHED September 6, 2014

The JR is now upon us – Monday and Tuesday next week.
All are welcome to attend – the listing is Court 1 at 10.30am at the RCJ.  Although seating in the public gallery is limited to about 40 ( and uncomfortable )  all are welcome and a significant message will be sent to the Court as to how important this is to the profession if the gallery is full or over flowing.
We are represented by Jason Coppel QC and Jo Clements of 11 KBW, together with Adam Chapman and Emily Carter of Kingsley Napley.
Committee members have been working extremely hard drafting statements, crunching figures, and considering and responding to the MOJ papers in order to prepare for trial.  We would like to thank those individuals from our committees who have been closely involved and spent a great deal of time working on this.
Thank you to so many of our members for the financial contributions you have made (in excess of £100,000) which have enabled us to take this action. This represents an unprecedented and historical  financial contribution from this honourable profession which clearly cares so much about the essential function it performs.  Without your generosity,  we would not have got to this position. Great work from those who contributed.
We are also grateful to the Law Society  Council  for its decision to  contribute £45, 000 to the fund if the MOJ refused to mediate with us, which it has
Documents will go online on Monday morning for those who are interested in our pleadings, statements and skeleton arguments plus those of the MOJ.  Regular updates will be available on Twitter via #justiceontrial throughout proceedings.
We are sorry we have not been able to keep you informed  in the build up to the hearing, but we have followed legal advice not  to issue any public statements about it so as not to jeopardise the issues involved.