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Stokey Local was in court last week for our Judicial Review. Find out more below.
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The Royal Courts of Justice - Carey Street Entrance
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last week we had our day(s) in court. It was our chance to make our case that Hackney’s two grants of planning permission for identical schemes were legally flawed. 

Nick Perry was the “claimant” in the legal case: 
"I'd been in the High Court with the legal team before - for preliminary hearings and the Court of Appeal case, but this was different. This was the case proper. Three days of legal arguments lay ahead. Alex, Philip and Richard, our barristers shook my hand and smiled. They had it all in hand."
Nick has posted a fuller account of his three days in Court on our website: Three days of horsehair wigs — The Judicial Reviews. He was also live tweeting during the case - visit @stokeylocal to see how it unfolded.

We don’t expect the Court’s judgment for another six weeks or more. But in the meantime, we want to thank our highly professional and experienced legal team, Philip Coppel QC, his junior barrister colleagues Richard Clarke and Alex Goodman, and solicitors Richard Buxton and Carolyn Beckwith. These talented and committed people have devoted a vast amount of time to this case, mostly without payment, and we are tremendously grateful to all five of them.
The Royal Courts of Justice - The Strand

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Although Alex and his team gave their time for free, and although we have been granted a cost protection order by the court, if we lose this case, we’ll face a legal bill of at least £22,000. Or, to be more precise, Nick will. As the nominal claimant on the case, he is personally liable for this money.

The campaign will, of course, meet his costs. But we need your help to do so. We’ve raised an impressive £17,000 so far, so need at least another £5,000 if we lose.

So, if you haven't already donated to the fund, or if you have, but can spare a few more quid, please send donations directly to our bank account (details below). And ask your friends, your neighbours and your Auntie Ethel too. Nick has already worked his socks off for the campaign, and we need to keep him out of prison (although he is relishing the thought of people baking cakes with hacksaws in).

If you do make a donation, please email us to let us know.
 
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The Royal Courts of Justice on the second day of our trial

When we get the result, we'll inform everyone by e-mail. And we hope you’ll be able to join us at a party (or wake!) to raise a glass to our brilliant legal team, and to all of our supporters. Whether we win or not, we've achieved a huge amount in standing up to the developers, and putting community at the heart of our campaign.

Either way, we’ll have much to discuss. So stay tuned and we’ll let you know the outcome, and where and when the party is.

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Yours, as ever, 

Stokey Local
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