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City of London Corporation and investment bank UBS on trial – Occupy London and the Bank of Ideas ready for High Court this Monday

 

This Monday 19 December looks set to be a big day for Occupy London and the Bank of Ideas as both will be appearing in court. Occupy London will be defending an action brought by the City of London Corporation to prohibit the use of tents at St Paul’s Churchyard. The Bank of Ideas will hear if their application to have an injunction obtained by Sun Street Properties in dubious circumstances set aside is to be granted.

Laura Taylor, a supporter of Occupy London commented: “Since 15 October, Occupy London has changed the political discussion in this country. Inequality, executive pay and tax evasion are now firmly on the political agenda. On Monday we have our day in court. The OccupyLSX camp at St Paul’s is only part of our movement, but it is where we began: its survival cannot be taken for granted. We appeal to all those who care about Occupy to come and support us in any way they can.”

Philip Hill,  a supporter of the Bank of Ideas, said: “The Bank of Ideas is a thriving community centre in an abandoned UBS office office complex – Occupy London and others reclaimed this space in an act of ‘public repossession’ one month ago, so that it could be a space for Hackney based community groups and it is happening. Countless community activists, members of the public, artists, performers, photographers, film makers and journalists have ventured through our doors intrigued and inspired by this social project run entirely by volunteers, a space valuing the trade of skills and ideas over that of monetary gain.”

9am – Solidarity gathering for supporters of Occupy London and the Bank of Ideas
From 9am Monday 19 December, supporters of Occupy London and the Bank of Ideas are invited to join together at Occupy London’s occupation at St Paul’s Churchyard, near the London Stock Exchange to prepare for the days events.

All are welcome to come and show support, bring placards, banners and gusto.

11am – General Assembly at the Royal Courts of Justice
From 11am, supporters of Occupy London and the Bank of Ideas will gather together at the Royal Courts of Justice (Strand, London WC2A 2LL). There will be a General Assembly taking place with occupiers and others speakers discussing the coming events of the day, the causes for which Occupy London and the Bank of Ideas are being brought to court, as well as future plans.

12 midday – City of London Corporation vs. Occupy London case
The earliest time for the beginning of Occupy London Stock Exchange’s hearing in the case that the City of London Corporation has brought against them is 12 midday at the Royal Courts of Justice.  The hearing will be held in front of Mr Justice Lindblom in court 25.

UBS vs. the Bank of Ideas
For the Bank of Ideas, its application for an appeal to have Sun Street Properties’ injunction set aside is due to begin after 2pm at the Royal Courts of Justice. Lord Justice Lloyd will hear the application in court 72.

Notes
[1] Royal Courts of Justice Queens Bench Division hearing list for Monday 19 December – http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/courts-and-tribunals/courts/hearing-lists/list-queens-bench.htm / Cause list for Monday 19 December – http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/courts-and-tribunals/courts/hearing-lists/list-cause-rcj.htm

 
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