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Occupy London Stock Exchange’s legal challenge to remain at St Paul’s Cathedral was slapped down by Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger today, to the surprise of no one.
The protesters were seeking to appeal the High Court’s decision to allow the City of London Corporation to evict the campsite outside St Paul’s (see story).
Unfortunately for them, the Court of Appeal, though acknowledging the seriousness of the protesters complaints, unanimously held that there was no good reason to allow the appeal, despite some innovative arguments from the protesters, with one contending that the High Court ruling should not apply to him because he was a ’Magna Carta heir’.
For a more dispassionate view of the case, click here for a piece by Kingsley Napley’s head of real estate Caroline DeLaney in The Lawyer, which boils down the arguments to their land-dispute foundations.
The protesters may be down, but they’re not out yet. According to their barrister - 25 Bedford Row’s John Cooper QC- Occupy LSX is now looking to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
That won’t stop the camp being evicted, but given that a non-priority case at the ECHR probably wouldn’t get heard until around 2022, chances are they’ll have moved into more solid accommodation by then anyway.