The Court of Appeal today has rejected Occupy London protestors’ application for permission to appeal against an Order for possession of parts of St Paul’s Churchyard made in favour of the Corporation of London in January. The ruling leaves the Corporation of London free to evict the protestors if the protestors refuse to give up possession in compliance with the Order. The Court of Appeal found that the protestors had raised no arguable case in their application for permission to appeal.

The Civil Procedure Rules require a party which wants to appeal to apply first for permission to appeal. The purpose of the rule is to weed out unmeritorious appeals, often previously made by litigants in person, which otherwise might clog up the Court of Appeal and delaying the hearing of substantive appeals.

Druces’ Litigation & Dispute Resolution team is experienced in dealing with contested Orders for possession in relation both residential and commercial premises (speak to Julian Johnstone, Partner, for more information) and in dealing with applications and appeals to the Court of Appeal (speak to Marie-Louise King, Partner for more information)

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