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Lord Grabiner

He sat on the Labour Party seats in the House of Lords, and was made a life peer as Baron Grabiner. On the direction the party was choosing under Jeremy Corbyn, he resigned the Labour whip in October 2015. He sits as a Non-allied member in the Lords but remains an associate of the Labour Party. Contents 1 Early life 2 Profession 2.2 Academic profession 2.3 Political profession 3 Private life 4 Other sources 5 References 6 External links Early life Grabiner was born on 21 to some Jewish parents - Freda Cohen and Ralph Grabiner. He was instructed in the Central Foundation Boys' School. He was further instructed in the Inn of Lincoln, and was called to the Bar Profession Grabiner was Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Commerce as well as the Export Credits Guarantee Department and Junior Counsel to the Crown from 1978 to 1981. He became a Recorder of the Crown Court between 1990 and 1999, as well as a Bencher in 1989. Grabiner is a Deputy High Court Judge since 1994. ABOUT BHS and News Corporation Lord Grabiner represented Liverpool Football Club in the London High Court and won two cases against the present owners of Liverpool Football Club in the week ending 15 October 2010. International news organisations have noted Lord Grabiner's service to Liverpool Football Club.[7][8] ‘Tony,’ he'd call out from time to time, ‘can you pour beverages ... Tony, are you able to get some ... With an atmosphere that among the guests that day describes as ‘subservient’, Tony glided about doing as asked. It felt just like a master-student relationship,’ remembers the guest. ‘Green was handling him as though he was some sort of helper.’ Consistent the fawning behavior of Grabiner through that boardroom lunch is having a damning judgment made before this week by way of a committee of MPs in their own report on Green’s cash-guzzling stewardship of BHS. They said Grabiner supplied a company Green as ‘his personal empire’ handled with a ‘veneer of organization credibility’. Lord Grabiner, we must not forget, is among the best of the great. He's Master of Clare College, Cambridge is a governor of St Paul’s, a Deputy High Court Judge, as well as among the best lads’ schools in the state. How sad that so many should see this giant figure as the virtual lackey of a person who left school with no qualifications to speak of. This is actually the guy who had no idea he was a former broke until he read it in the papers, and told the parliamentarians he hadn't ever learned of BHS buyer Dominic Chappell. To get a chairman of the board, the MPs declared, Lord Grabiner was ‘complacent’ and had a ‘unusually docile approach’. There was ‘meagre signs’ that anyone overrode Green’s conclusions or ever challenged. 71, who attained eminence as the son of a fur cutter from quite modest beginnings in London impoverished excoriating words has to be enormous. ‘Grabiner adores accolades – he’s used to them,’ says one co-worker that is legal. ‘ I really wonder if he'll ever fully get this over.’ One must also wonder whether he accepts the devastating shaming as the ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’ of his buddy Green, as simply. MPs noted unwillingness – or Grabiner’s impotence – to do anything about Green’s sale of the business for £ 1 -broke, resulting in 11,000 workers being thrown For he practically hero worships Green, describing him as ’ always exciting. It'd be bad enough if Grabiner were simply another attorney on the make. However he's a megastar, described in the legal studbooks as ‘the most preeminent and highly seasoned silk in the Commercial Bar’, who has ‘ judges. He could be on the board of Goldman Sachs, among the famous City companies criticised for giving a ‘badge of legality’ to the £1 sale of BHS. He was charging up his services. to £3,000 an hour for The prior owner of BHS, Sir Philip Green, who sold the business to a thrice for £1 -broke It felt just like a master-student relationship,’ remembers the guest. ‘Green was handling him as though he was some sort of helper.’ Consistent the fawning behavior of Grabiner through that boardroom lunch is using a damning judgment made before this week by way of a committee of MPs in their own report on Green’s cash-guzzling stewardship of BHS. They said Grabiner supplied a company Green handled as ‘his personal empire’ with a ‘veneer of organization credibility’. Lord Grabiner, we must not forget, is among the best of the great. He's Master of Clare College, Cambridge is a governor of St Paul’s, a Deputy High Court Judge, along with among the best lads’ schools in the state. How sad that so many should see this giant figure as the virtual lackey of a person who left school with no qualifications to speak of. This really is the guy who had no idea he was a former insolvent until he read it in the papers, and told the parliamentarians he hadn't ever learned of BHS buyer Dominic Chappell. To get a chairman of the board, the MPs declared, Lord Grabiner was ‘complacent’ and had an unusually docile approach’ that is ‘. There was ‘meagre signs’ that anyone overrode Green’s conclusions or ever challenged. 71, who attained eminence in London impoverished excoriating words as the son of a fur cutter from quite modest beginnings should be enormous. ‘Lord Grabiner adores accolades – he’s used to them,’ says one coworker that is legal. ‘ if he'll ever fully get over this, I seriously wonder.’ One must also wonder whether he accepts the devastating shaming of his buddy Green, as merely. MPs noted hesitation – or Grabiner’s impotence – to do anything about Green’s sale of the firm for £ 1 -broke, resulting in 11,000 workers being thrown For he practically hero worships Green, describing him as ’ being always stimulated by ‘. It'd be bad enough if Grabiner were merely another attorney on the make. However he's a megastar, described in the legal stud books as ‘the most preeminent and highly seasoned silk in the Commercial Bar’, who has ‘ judges. He could be on the board of Goldman Sachs, among the distinguished City businesses criticised for giving a ‘badge of legality’ to the £1 sale of BHS. He was charging up his services. to £3,000 an hour for Grabiner was born on 21 March 1945 to some Jewish parents - Ralph Grabiner and Freda Cohen. He was educated in the Central Foundation Boys' School. He was further educated in Lincoln's Inn, and was called to the Bar [3][4] Profession From 1976 to 1981, Grabiner was Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Trade and the Export Credits Guarantee Department and Junior Counsel to the Crown from 1978 to 1981. He became a Recorder of the Crown Court between 1999 and 1990, and a Bencher in 1989. Grabiner has been a Deputy High Court Judge since 1994. In the week ending 15 October 2010, Lord Grabiner won two cases against the then current owners of Liverpool Football Club and represented Liverpool Football Club in the London High Court. International news organisations have noted Lord Grabiner's service to Liverpool Football Club. In July 2011, Grabiner was appointed by News Corporation as chairman of the management and standards committee established by the organization in the wake of the News International telephone hacking scandal.[9][10] It was subsequently reported in The Lawyer magazine that Grabiner would be receiving a fee of £3,000 an hour for his advice to News Corporation. Sir Philip Green Management and standards, it must be said, seem to have been in short supply around Green – although, of course, he has done nothing illegal. But just how important is money to Lord Grabiner, who lives in a £10million house in St John’s Wood, north-west London, with his wife Jane, a Cheshire doctor’s daughter? Typical of the super-rich, he describes talk about money and earnings as ‘irritating’. With breath-taking insouciance, he told a Treasury committee of MPs when he led an inquiry into allegations that the Bank of England had turned a blind eye to manipulation of foreign exchange markets, that he didn’t know how much he was earning because he did not deal with the ‘grubby issue’ of pay negotiations. But the fact is that Grabiner enjoys being in a circle of big boys, the rich and influential, most of whom have hired his penetrating legal talents at one time or another. He is a close chum of the bouffant-haired businessman-restaurateur Richard Caring, owner of The Ivy, Annabel’s and Le Caprice. Caring is close to Green and was a major beneficiary of generous dividends paid by BHS in the early days of the tycoon’s ownership, receiving £93million. Caring also used to own Britain’s most prestigious golf club, Wentworth, and made Grabiner, a modest weekend golfer, an honorary executive director. When Caring sold the club two years ago to a Chinese firm, it wanted to drive up fees to drastically cut membership from 4,000 to 800, making it one of the most exclusive clubs on earth. The aim was to introduce a mandatory one-off payment of £100,000 and a doubling of the annual membership fee to £16,000. But was it legal? Naturally, they turned to Lord Grabiner – who said it was. The club captain described this as a ‘stab in the back’. To Lord Grabiner, it was just business. He has three sons and a daughter, only one of whom has followed him into law – but intriguingly works for Linklaters, the firm which advised Arcadia about the sale of BHS and was condemned for failing to carry out due diligence on the buyer. Of course, Grabiner has powerful political links, too. There was a period – certainly in the days when Tony Blair and Gordon Brown led Labour – when some saw him as a potential Labour Lord Chancellor. To have accepted the post would, of course, have meant a huge cut in his commercial earnings. Lord Grabiner was on the board of Goldman Sachs, one of the renowned City firms criticised for giving a ‘badge of legitimacy’ to the £1 sale of BHS When Blair ennobled the QC in 1999, Grabiner was chairman of the governors of the London School of Economics, where he studied law. Just a few months later, the ex-grammar school boy unveiled a bust to an alumna of the LSE – Cherie Blair – describing her as ‘a very distinguished old girl [who] has been a tremendous help with fund-raising. I have got to know her well.’ How very cosy! The definitive champagne socialist gave up the chairmanship of the LSE in 2007, a year before Saif Gaddafi, son of the Libyan dictator, was awarded a PhD which he would never have achieved without internal help. In gratitude, a cheque for £1.5million for the LSE arrived from the Gaddafi International Charity. However, Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader was a big problem for Grabiner. He resigned the party whip in the Lords, saying: ‘I have nothing in common whatever with Mr Corbyn – and I don’t believe we are ever going to win an election.’ But there’s no sign of ‘Tony’ giving up his work for his friend Green. Indeed, it’s almost a family affair – his first cousin Ian is Arcadia’s chief executive officer. Besides, as Lord Grabiner has said without any hint of irony: ‘If there were more Philip Greens, there would be a lot more efficiency.’ At what – throwing people out of work and denying them their pensions? Lord Grabiner, the chairman of Arcadia, is due to be called to help MPs to understand why BHS was sold for £1 to Retail Acquisitions 13 months before its dramatic collapse. The Daily Telegraph understands that Lord Grabiner, who has chaired Sir Philip Green’s retail conglomerate since 2002, will be asked to appear before the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills committee. Iain Wright MP, who chairs the committee, is understood to want to call all those involved in the situation, as well as advisers. Lord Grabiner is also a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street bank, which will also be invited to give evidence to MPs over its role in the sale of BHS. Antony Gutman, one of Goldman’s most senior London-based bankers, acted as a “gatekeeper” to Sir Philip and screened Retail Acquisitions before recommending a meeting with Arcadia. Lord Grabiner is better known as a barrister turned Labour peer who is Master of Clare College, Cambridge. It is also believed Paul Budge, Arcadia’s finance director, will be called, as he introduced Dominic Chappell to Sir Philip. It emerged over the weekend that Sir Philip’s wife, Lady Tina, will be called to give evidence to both the BIS select committee and the Commons’ Work and Pensions committee, chaired by Frank Field. In an unusual step, the committees are preparing to hold joint sessions for witnesses, such as Sir Philip and Retail Acquisitions chief Dominic Chappell, who both sets of MPs wish to question. Tina Green Tina Green, Sir Philip's wife, will also be called before MPs Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Burberry Mr Field’s inquiry will focus on BHS’s £571m pension deficit, and how the deficit ballooned to that position, given the fund, which was closed to new members in 2005, was in surplus as recently as 2008.

1 0:00:00 --> 0:00:05 Lord Grabiner Lecture - 2015 - 2017 2 00:00:00 --> 00:00:07 Good evening Lords, ladies, gentlemen, students, all our faculty visitors and friends, I'm 3 00:00:07 --> 00:00:11 Sarah Worthington and I'm delighted to welcome you to the Faculty for the 2015 4 00:00:11 --> 00:00:13 Allen and Overy Lecture. 5 00:00:13 --> 00:00:18 This is the fourth in a series that Allen and Overy generously sponsor. The first lecture 6 00:00:18 --> 00:00:24 was in 2012 and marked the launch of the Cambridge Private Law Center, and I think it's a tribute 7 00:00:24 --> 00:00:28 to Allen and Overy that right from the outset they were prepared to back this embryonic 8 00:00:28 --> 00:00:33 endeavor. It's now has developed into something of a tradition 9 00:00:33 --> 00:00:38 and as part of the Private Law Centre's several vehicles for facilitating what we hope are 10 00:00:38 --> 00:00:43 enjoyable and productive joustings over controversial legal issues and I 11 00:00:43 --> 00:00:47 think tonight will undoubtedly continue that lively tradition. 12 00:00:47 --> 00:00:52 Lord Grabiner's title for his lecture is 'Public Policy, Illegality and Contracts' and he probably 13 00:00:52 --> 00:00:57 couldn't have chosen a more controversial legal issue for a private law event. Members 14 00:00:57 --> 00:01:02 of the Supreme Court are clearly in disagreement over what the law should be. Indeed I think 15 00:01:02 --> 00:01:07 the issue has long proved pretty troubling and in need of Supreme Court input, and then 16 00:01:07 --> 00:01:14 in 2014 along came not one case but two cases. And you would think that two cases from the 17 00:01:14 --> 00:01:18 Supreme Court would be enough to slay the dragons but not so. 18 00:01:18 --> 00:01:23 Earlier this year Lord Neuberger was moved to comment that the issue needed urgent Supreme 19 00:01:23 --> 00:01:28 Court attention before a seven or nine member tribunal, and someone tells me that's about 20 00:01:28 --> 00:01:34 to happen although I hadn't heard about it. Tonight Lord Grabiner may lay out the route 21 00:01:34 --> 00:01:39 for the Supreme Court, or at least indicate the traps to be avoided and perhaps also try 22 00:01:39 --> 00:01:43 and persuade us of the right way to think about these issues. 23 00:01:43 --> 00:01:48 Now, Lord Grabiner needs no introduction, but tradition demands I say something. Lord 24 00:01:48 --> 00:01:54 Grabiner is commonly described as a star of the commercial bar, some people say the star 25 00:01:54 --> 00:01:59 of the commercial bar and I have to say, perhaps this says something about the kind of pupillage 26 00:01:59 --> 00:02:06 I had, but one of the most memorable events in my short time as pupil was watching Lord 27 00:02:06 --> 00:02:13 Grabiner and Lord Sumption - then Mr Sumption QC - do battle. Because they were widely regarded 28 00:02:13 --> 00:02:18 as the top two commercial silks and I had the privilege of watching them for three days 29 00:02:18 --> 00:02:23 it was a rare treat I suppose but certainly a learning experience. 30 00:02:23 --> 00:02:27 Lord Grabiner is head of 1 Essex Chambers, Master of Clare College, and before that he 31 00:02:27 --> 00:02:32 was chair of the governors at the LSE which is my old home. He sits in the 32 00:02:32 --> 00:02:36 Lords obviously. He serves on a good number of external boards and has been treasurer 33 00:02:36 --> 00:02:42 of Lincoln's Inn, and he still manages a substantial court and arbitration and advisory practice. 34 00:02:42 --> 00:02:45 So he's a man with energy. 35 00:02:45 --> 00:02:50 And for over 40 years he's been involved in almost every one of the highest profile cases, 36 00:02:50 --> 00:02:54 commercial disputes that have been fought in London. He's a generalist, or perhaps I 37 00:02:54 --> 00:02:59 should say he's a specialist in a very long list of areas from banking and finance, energy, 38 00:02:59 --> 00:03:06 oil and gas, civil fraud, competition, mergers and shareholder disputes. And all this began, 39 00:03:06 --> 00:03:11 the law part of it, began with the first class honours degree and an LLM with distinction 40 00:03:11 --> 00:03:17 from the LSE. So students if there's a moral, it's work hard... but then you also have to 41 00:03:17 --> 00:03:22 play a lot of sport, and do a lot of other things as well - take an interest in the world 42 00:03:22 --> 00:03:27 around you. So without more ado, I'm sure we are in for a treat. Lord Grabiner will 43 00:03:27 --> 00:03:34 speak for about 50 minutes, and then we'll have Q and A, and then we'll have drinks. 44 00:03:34 --> 00:03:38 So, over to you Tony. 45 00:03:38 --> 00:03:46 Thanks very much indeed Sarah. It's lovely to be here, and it's particularly nice to 46 00:03:46 --> 00:03:52 see so many old friends. Old not in age of course, but long standing. And there are some 47 00:03:52 --> 00:03:56 great faces around this room - people I've known for a very long time, so thank you for 48 00:03:56 --> 00:03:59 coming and it's nice to see you. 49 00:03:59 --> 00:04:06 When Sarah invited me to give this lecture I had a dim recollection going back to 1970 50 00:04:06 --> 00:04:14 of having revised the chapter on illegality for the 7th edition of Sutton & Shannon on 51 00:04:14 --> 00:04:20 Contracts. This was a textbook with which few here will be familiar because - no doubt 52 00:04:20 --> 00:04:27 for good reason - there never was an 8th edition. I looked out my battered old copy and read 53 00:04:27 --> 00:04:34 the illegality chapter. Immorality and public policy both had walk on roles but I had a 54 00:04:34 --> 00:04:40 strong sense that the law, which was concisely and accurately summarised, lacked principle 55 00:04:40 --> 00:04:48 and logic and was as 'untidy' then as it still is 45 years later. The same point is made 56 00:04:48 --> 00:04:54 by The Chancellor, Sir Terence Etherton in Sharma which is the most recent decision of 57 00:04:54 --> 00:05:04 the Court of Appeal (10 November 2015).The law was well summarised in that chapter because 58 00:05:04 --> 00:05:15 a certain Mr AGP Hughes - now Lord Hughes - was a key member of our research team. 59 00:05:15 --> 00:05:22 When Sarah and I spoke I also knew there had recently been a spate of cases at Court of 60 00:05:22 --> 00:05:28 Appeal and Supreme Court level but, apart from Tinsley v. Milligan, I hadn't followed 61 00:05:28 --> 00:05:35 the debate in detail. It is true that through the recent judgments a number of important 62 00:05:35 --> 00:05:41 differences between distinguished jurists have emerged, but the quality of the debate 63 00:05:41 --> 00:05:52 and the modern willingness of our leading judges to identify and give expression to 64 00:05:52 --> 00:05:58 what used often to be the unstated major premise of a piece of legal reasoning is a welcome 65 00:05:58 --> 00:06:00 development. 66 00:06:00 --> 00:06:07 I have five headline points and one digression. First, I will deal with the principal emerging 67 00:06:07 --> 00:06:12 differences: the detail was painstakingly summarised and explained by Lord Neuberger 68 00:06:12 --> 00:06:16 in his judgment in Jetivia SA v. Bilta (UK) Ltd [2015] UKSC 23. 69 00:06:16 --> 00:06:22 Secondly, I think the time has come to resist further incantation of Lord Mansfield's statement 70 00:06:22 --> 00:06:27 of principle in Holman v. Johnson (1775) 1 Cowp. 341. Without disrespect to the great 71 00:06:27 --> 00:06:34 man that passage raises more questions than it answers. It would be better to ask ourselves 72 00:06:34 --> 00:06:39 what purpose the law in this area should be concerned to achieve and to take full account 73 00:06:39 --> 00:06:50 of the observations of Bingham LJ in his judgment in Saunders v. Edwards: 74 00:06:50 --> 00:06:58 'Where issues of illegality are raised, the courts have ...to steer a middle course between 75 00:06:58 --> 00:07:05 two unacceptable positions. On the one hand, it is unacceptable that any court of law should 76 00:07:05 --> 00:07:12 aid or lend its authority to a party seeking to pursue or enforce an object or agreement 77 00:07:12 --> 00:07:18 which the law prohibits. On the other hand, it is unacceptable that the court should, 78 00:07:18 --> 00:07:25 on the first indication of unlawfulness affecting any aspect of a transaction, draw up its skirts 79 00:07:25 --> 00:07:32 and refuse all assistance to the plaintiff, no matter how serious his loss nor how disproportionate 80 00:07:32 --> 00:07:36 his loss to the unlawfulness of his conduct...' 81 00:07:36 --> 00:07:42 The Supreme Court is uniquely positioned to adopt those wise words. I will come back to 82 00:07:42 --> 00:07:44 this point. 83 00:07:44 --> 00:07:50 Thirdly, we should recognise that Tinsley v. Milligan [1994] AC 340 is an unsatisfactory 84 00:07:50 --> 00:07:58 decision - not in the result but in the reasoning of the majority. In that case two single women 85 00:07:58 --> 00:08:04 jointly owned a business running lodging houses. With funds generated by the business they 86 00:08:04 --> 00:08:10 bought a house and lived in it together. The title to the house was, by agreement between 87 00:08:10 --> 00:08:17 them, vested solely in the name of Ms. Tinsley on the understanding that they were the joint 88 00:08:17 --> 00:08:23 beneficial owners of the house. The purpose of the arrangement was to assist in the perpetuation 89 00:08:23 --> 00:08:30 of frauds on the DSS because Ms. Milligan, with the connivance of Ms. Tinsley, made false 90 00:08:30 --> 00:08:37 benefit claims on the dishonest basis that she paid rent and was not a house owner. The 91 00:08:37 --> 00:08:42 judges regarded Ms Milligan's misbehaviour as unattractive but, in Lord Goff's words, 92 00:08:42 --> 00:08:48 it was of a 'relatively minor' nature. This was, no doubt, because he was impressed with 93 00:08:48 --> 00:08:56 the fact that she had come clean with the DSS and repaid the money improperly obtained. 94 00:08:56 --> 00:09:02 Ms Milligan succeeded on a technicality: she was able to assert an equitable proprietary 95 00:09:02 --> 00:09:10 interest in the house without the need to rely on the dishonest purpose of the agreement. 96 00:09:10 --> 00:09:16 This decision is binding and the Supreme Court should, in the next appropriate case, be invited 97 00:09:16 --> 00:09:23 to depart from it. We need an illegality rule which is principled so that the result won't 98 00:09:23 --> 00:09:32 turn on the availability or otherwise of a presumption derived from equity: cf Tinsley 99 00:09:32 --> 00:09:38 with the case of Collier. In Collier, in order to defraud his creditors when he thought he 100 00:09:38 --> 00:09:45 was in financial difficulties, the father granted leases of two premises to his daughter, 101 00:09:45 --> 00:09:52 as well as options to acquire the freeholds. In the event, the anticipated financial problem 102 00:09:52 --> 00:09:59 evaporated but the father and daughter fell out. The father sued. It was held there was 103 00:09:59 --> 00:10:06 no withdrawal on his part before the illegal purpose had been performed. Indeed, the father 104 00:10:06 --> 00:10:12 had directed his daughter to exercise the options and to take a transfer of the freehold 105 00:10:12 --> 00:10:18 interests. Also there was no resulting trust presumption in favour of the father and his 106 00:10:18 --> 00:10:20 claim failed. 107 00:10:20 --> 00:10:28 Fourthly, the endeavour to achieve certainty is a noble one, especially if it has the effect 108 00:10:28 --> 00:10:35 of producing clarity for the parties at the stage of drafting the contract. But even then 109 00:10:35 --> 00:10:42 it may only have a holy grail quality because, e.g. the interpretation in due course adopted 110 00:10:42 --> 00:10:48 by the court may focus on the supposed commercial purpose of the bargain rather than the words 111 00:10:48 --> 00:10:54 used by the parties in their contract. Recent cases, including Rainy Sky SA v. Kookmin Bank 112 00:10:54 --> 00:10:57 [2011] UKSC 50 and Arnold v. Britton [2015] UKSC 36, are a welcome development on that 113 00:10:57 --> 00:10:59 front. 114 00:10:59 --> 00:11:04 In this area of the law certainty is less of a concern because when deciding whether 115 00:11:04 --> 00:11:10 or not to make an illegal bargain it is unlikely that the enforceability of the transaction 116 00:11:10 --> 00:11:14 would have figured in the minds of the negotiators. 117 00:11:14 --> 00:11:21 Fifthly, and this is really a constitutional point, it is wrong in principle for the courts 118 00:11:21 --> 00:11:27 below the Supreme Court, in effect to legislate recommendations of the Law Commission and 119 00:11:27 --> 00:11:34 to do so in the face of binding decisions of the highest court. That can and should 120 00:11:34 --> 00:11:41 only be done by the Supreme Court or by Parliament. This is an unfortunate aspect of the story 121 00:11:41 --> 00:11:46 and I think is at the heart of some of the differences between the judges in the recent 122 00:11:46 --> 00:11:48 cases. 123 00:11:48 --> 00:11:58 Between 1999 and 2010 the Law Commission recommended legislative reform to give the courts a statutory 124 00:11:58 --> 00:12:06 discretion in relation to the illegality defence, but it eventually concluded (in CP 189 and 125 00:12:06 --> 00:12:13 Report 320) that the matter should be left to be developed by the common law 'in the 126 00:12:13 --> 00:12:21 way we hoped'. By this expression the Commission meant that the defence should be applied flexibly 127 00:12:21 --> 00:12:29 and only allowed where 'its application can be firmly justified by the policies that underlie 128 00:12:29 --> 00:12:35 its existence'; and that the court should consider on the facts of the individual case 129 00:12:35 --> 00:12:41 whether the application of the illegality defence could be so justified. According to 130 00:12:41 --> 00:12:50 the Law Commission the 'so-called rules' developed in the cases were only 'guidance' which the 131 00:12:50 --> 00:13:09 courts 'bent'. It said that case law should only be followed sometimes where it 'helps'. 132 00:13:09 --> 00:13:16 For those of us who were raised on Prof Rupert Cross' magnum opus 'Precedent in English Law' 133 00:13:16 --> 00:13:22 these views of the Law Commission reveal a novel approach to stare decisis. In support 134 00:13:22 --> 00:13:26 of its views the Law Commission relied, in particular, on some obiter remarks of Lord 135 00:13:26 --> 00:13:31 Hoffmann in Gray v. Thames Trains Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 713 and Lord Phillips in Stone & Rolls 136 00:13:31 --> 00:13:37 v. Moore Stephens [2008] EWCA Civ 644. Since then the courts have given conflicting judgments: 137 00:13:37 --> 00:13:41 the Court of Appeal in Parkingeye [2012] EWCA Civ 1338; Apotex [2012] EWCA Civ 593 and Patel 138 00:13:41 --> 00:13:47 [2014] EWCA Civ 1047 (explicitly) and the Supreme Court in Hounga [2014] 1 WLR 2889 139 00:13:47 --> 00:13:53 (implicitly) adopted the Law Commission approach. That approach was in turn firmly rejected 140 00:13:53 --> 00:13:58 by the Supreme Court in Apotex [2014] UKSC 55 (by Lord Sumption with whom Lords Neuberger, 141 00:13:58 --> 00:14:05 Mance and Clarke agreed) but with Lord Toulson in the minority essentially disagreeing with 142 00:14:05 --> 00:14:11 his Supreme Court colleagues. 143 00:14:11 --> 00:14:17 By comparison with the trenchant dissenting observations of Justice Scalia in the recent 144 00:14:17 --> 00:14:23 US Supreme Court decision of Obergefell v Various State Governors (2015) 576 US, our 145 00:14:23 --> 00:14:30 own justices are remarkably polite and mild-mannered toward each other. The issue in Obergefell 146 00:14:30 --> 00:14:38 was which of the Federal Court or the State Legislature was authorised to decide whether 147 00:14:38 --> 00:14:45 the 14th Amendment contained a fundamental right to permit same-sex marriage. Amongst 148 00:14:45 --> 00:14:59 the gems were describing the majority opinion as "lacking even a thin veneer of law"; saying 149 00:14:59 --> 00:15:08 that "buried beneath the mummeries and straining-to-be-memorable passages of the opinion is a candid and startling 150 00:15:08 --> 00:15:16 assertion"; and a footnote, no less, that: "The Supreme Court of the United States has 151 00:15:16 --> 00:15:23 descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical 152 00:15:23 --> 00:15:32 aphorisms of the fortune cookie". To add insult to injury, Justice Scalia drew attention to 153 00:15:32 --> 00:15:39 the fact that the majority opinions had discovered in the 14th Amendment a fundamental right 154 00:15:39 --> 00:15:47 which had been "overlooked by every person alive at the time of ratification, and almost 155 00:15:47 --> 00:15:55 everyone else in the time since". He names all what he calls the "lesser legal minds" 156 00:15:55 --> 00:16:03 who also missed the point: Thomas Cooley, John Marshall Harlan, Oliver Wendell Holmes, 157 00:16:03 --> 00:16:10 Learned Hand, Louis Brandeis, William Howard Taft, Benjamin Cardozo, Hugo Black, Felix 158 00:16:10 --> 00:16:20 Franfurter, Robert Jackson and Henry Friendly. I could not resist that digression. 159 00:16:20 --> 00:16:27 I will say something about some of the recent cases but my thesis is that they can be reconciled 160 00:16:27 --> 00:16:34 when divided into two broad categories. First, those in which the claimant's cause of action 161 00:16:34 --> 00:16:41 is 'founded' on illegality, by which I mean where he has to rely on, or would benefit 162 00:16:41 --> 00:16:49 from, an illegal or immoral act: in such cases the general principle preventing recovery 163 00:16:49 --> 00:16:56 based on Holman and Tinsley still applies. The Law Commission's recommendations are inconsistent 164 00:16:56 --> 00:16:58 with this proposition. 165 00:16:58 --> 00:17:05 Secondly, cases such as Parkingeye and Hounga where the claim is not founded on an illegal 166 00:17:05 --> 00:17:11 or immoral act but may still be so closely connected with illegality as to be tainted 167 00:17:11 --> 00:17:17 by it: in such cases the law is more flexible and the approach of the Law Commission is 168 00:17:17 --> 00:17:20 broadly consistent with it. 169 00:17:20 --> 00:17:25 As to the first proposition, the reliance rule is rigorously applied but there may be 170 00:17:25 --> 00:17:31 some flexibility where the illegality is trivial, eg if the claimant was unaware of some statutory 171 00:17:31 --> 00:17:37 rule or was ignorant of the facts constituting the breach. The extent of this exception is 172 00:17:37 --> 00:17:38 uncertain. 173 00:17:38 --> 00:17:43 In tort cases the rule will apply where the claimant seeks recovery for loss caused by 174 00:17:43 --> 00:17:50 his own illegal act: Gray v. Thames Trains is such a case. Having pleaded guilty to a 175 00:17:50 --> 00:17:56 charge of manslaughter the ex turpi causa principle prevented Mr Gray from recovering 176 00:17:56 --> 00:18:03 damages for loss of liberty, loss of earnings, damage to his reputation and feelings of remorse 177 00:18:03 --> 00:18:08 and guilt. He was also barred from claiming an indemnity against any claim brought by 178 00:18:08 --> 00:18:13 the dependants of his victim notwithstanding that his mental state was allegedly caused 179 00:18:13 --> 00:18:19 by Thames' negligence in connection with the Ladbroke Grove train crash. This is because 180 00:18:19 --> 00:18:25 it would have been inconsistent for the civil court to compensate him for the consequences 181 00:18:25 --> 00:18:29 of the sentence imposed on him by the criminal court. 182 00:18:29 --> 00:18:35 There is also a line of cases which shows that the court will take note of the illegality 183 00:18:35 --> 00:18:41 and bar the claim even though the illegality is not relied on: Beresford v. Royal Insurance 184 00:18:41 --> 00:18:49 (insurance claim in respect of a suicide when that was a crime); Alexander v. Rayson (contract 185 00:18:49 --> 00:18:54 intended to be performed illegally either at the outset or subsequently); and cases 186 00:18:54 --> 00:19:01 where the claim is 'inextricably linked' with criminal conduct, eg the claim by a bank robber 187 00:19:01 --> 00:19:11 against the driver of the getaway car for negligent driving. 188 00:19:11 --> 00:19:18 It is 'exceedingly rare' for the court to sustain the illegality defence in a tort case: 189 00:19:18 --> 00:19:25 Cross v. Kirby is a homely example where a hunt protestor attacked a participant with 190 00:19:25 --> 00:19:32 a baseball bat. The participant wrested the bat from the protestor and delivered his own 191 00:19:32 --> 00:19:39 blow in response. The protestor's claim for assault was held to be so closely connected 192 00:19:39 --> 00:19:46 with or inextricably bound up with his own criminal behaviour that the court 'could not 193 00:19:46 --> 00:19:53 permit him to recover without appearing to condone that conduct'. Perhaps it is no great 194 00:19:53 --> 00:20:00 surprise that the court of appeal should have upheld the God-given right of a man on a horse 195 00:20:00 --> 00:20:04 to beat a protestor with impunity. 196 00:20:04 --> 00:20:10 The rarity of a successful plea of illegality in a tort case is consistent with the willingness 197 00:20:10 --> 00:20:16 of the court to permit a restitutionary remedy: the tort claim is essentially a restitutionary 198 00:20:16 --> 00:20:17 remedy. 199 00:20:17 --> 00:20:20 I want now to say something about the recent cases. 200 00:20:20 --> 00:20:25 Apotex concerned a claim for damages on a cross-undertaking following the discharge 201 00:20:25 --> 00:20:31 of an interim injunction restraining infringement of the claimants' patent. The damages were 202 00:20:31 --> 00:20:41 in respect of product which, but for the injunction, would have been manufactured in Canada. This 203 00:20:41 --> 00:20:46 would have been a strict liability statutory wrong in Canada, because it would have breached 204 00:20:46 --> 00:20:52 a Canadian patent owned by a member of the claimants' group of companies. The Court of 205 00:20:52 --> 00:20:57 Appeal held the breach would have been an illegal act but Apotex was nevertheless entitled 206 00:20:57 --> 00:21:01 to recover damages based on Canadian manufacture. 207 00:21:01 --> 00:21:08 Kitchen and Laws LJJ agreed with Etherton LJ that the court should adopt the Law Commission 208 00:21:08 --> 00:21:14 approach and would permit the illegality defence only when it was just and proportionate in 209 00:21:14 --> 00:21:20 the light of various policy considerations. The court decided the illegality principle 210 00:21:20 --> 00:21:29 was engaged but allowed the appeal relying on a variety of factors: Apotex believed the 211 00:21:29 --> 00:21:36 Canadian patent was invalid; the illegality was, in the words of Etherton LJ, 'low on 212 00:21:36 --> 00:21:42 the scale of culpability'; the sale in the UK would not have been unlawful; the Canadian 213 00:21:42 --> 00:21:47 court had declined to grant an interlocutory injunction restraining local manufacture; 214 00:21:47 --> 00:21:53 and Apotex conceded it would give credit for the amount of the manufacturing profit for 215 00:21:53 --> 00:21:57 which it would have been liable in Canadian law. 216 00:21:57 --> 00:22:04 The decision of the Court of Appeal in Apotex ignores previous binding authority; it treats 217 00:22:04 --> 00:22:10 the Law Commission proposals as the law; and it is inconsistent with Hewison v. Meridian 218 00:22:10 --> 00:22:15 Shipping [2002] EWCA Civ 1821 because the claim was in respect of profits which could 219 00:22:15 --> 00:22:20 only have been earned by what the Court of Appeal decided would have been an illegal 220 00:22:20 --> 00:22:27 act. In Hewison the appellant claimed loss of earnings calculated on the basis that, 221 00:22:27 --> 00:22:33 but for the accident, he would have continued to work as a seaman/crane operator until normal 222 00:22:33 --> 00:22:39 retirement age. The respondants' case was that it would be contrary to public policy 223 00:22:39 --> 00:22:44 to award damages on that basis because an essential part of the claim would have involved 224 00:22:44 --> 00:22:50 the claimant continuing to deceive his employers by fraudulently representing that he was not 225 00:22:50 --> 00:22:59 suffering from epilepsy, as he had done in the past. 226 00:22:59 --> 00:23:08 Furthermore, although the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Apotex refers to the rejection 227 00:23:08 --> 00:23:15 of the public conscience test and adopts instead a 'just and proportionate response in the 228 00:23:15 --> 00:23:21 light of the policy considerations' it is difficult to see how, if at all, the two tests 229 00:23:21 --> 00:23:24 differ in practice. 230 00:23:24 --> 00:23:30 In Parkingeye the lead judgment was given by Sir Robin Jacob (with whom Toulson and 231 00:23:30 --> 00:23:36 Laws LJJ agreed). Sir Robin took the Law Commission recommendations as his starting point and 232 00:23:36 --> 00:23:42 adopted its view that minor and incidental transgressions, even if intended at the outset, 233 00:23:42 --> 00:23:47 should not render the contract unenforceable. On the facts he held that Parkingeye did not 234 00:23:47 --> 00:23:54 need to rely on any illegality; the illegal performance was neither an object of the contract 235 00:23:54 --> 00:24:00 nor was it necessary for its performance; it was only minor and would have been corrected 236 00:24:00 --> 00:24:04 if the illegality had been pointed out. 237 00:24:04 --> 00:24:10 Toulson LJ's judgment supports the Law Commission test as being broadly consistent with a body 238 00:24:10 --> 00:24:16 of previous unclear authority but the notion that the proportionality test is a different 239 00:24:16 --> 00:24:23 thing from the public conscience is, I think, doubtful. It is difficult to imagine anything 240 00:24:23 --> 00:24:28 that would be relevant to the former which would not also come into an assessment of 241 00:24:28 --> 00:24:31 the dictates of the public conscience. 242 00:24:31 --> 00:24:40 I suppose it can be said that the modern terminology has the worthwhile merit of being less pompous. 243 00:24:40 --> 00:24:46 The result reached by the Court of Appeal in Apotex was affirmed by the Supreme Court 244 00:24:46 --> 00:24:51 on the different ground that the illegality rule was not engaged by the infringement of 245 00:24:51 --> 00:24:58 the patent under Canadian law. Civil wrongs, unless they involve dishonesty or corruption, 246 00:24:58 --> 00:25:03 do not amount to 'turpitude' because they are not contrary to the public law of the 247 00:25:03 --> 00:25:08 state and do not engage the public interest. 248 00:25:08 --> 00:25:14 The majority of the Supreme Court disapproved the Law Commission approach and Etherton LJ's 249 00:25:14 --> 00:25:20 reasoning as being inconsistent with Tinsley. Lord Sumption (with whom Lord Neuberger, Lord 250 00:25:20 --> 00:25:26 Mance and Lord Clarke agreed) was particularly troubled by the Court of Appeal's 'largely 251 00:25:26 --> 00:25:33 subjective judgment ... about how badly Apotex had behaved and how much it mattered' when 252 00:25:33 --> 00:25:42 what was in fact required was 'the application of general rules of law and not ... fact-based 253 00:25:42 --> 00:25:48 evaluations of the effect of applying them in each individual case'. For Lord Sumption 254 00:25:48 --> 00:25:53 the key question is whether there is turpitude and if so how close is its relationship to 255 00:25:53 --> 00:25:54 the claim. 256 00:25:54 --> 00:26:05 But what is "turpitude"? Lord Mansfield did not elucidate. Lord Sumption in Apotex said 257 00:26:05 --> 00:26:12 it covers criminal and what he calls "quasi-criminal" acts, which he says "engage the public interest 258 00:26:12 --> 00:26:19 in the same way". He cites the example of infringements of competition law and notes 259 00:26:19 --> 00:26:26 the "anomalous categories of misconduct such as prostitution". At the same time, he says, 260 00:26:26 --> 00:26:33 a run of the mill breach of statutory duty will not amount to "turpitude". Does Lord 261 00:26:33 --> 00:26:38 Sumption's "rule of law" then change according to the morals and values of the time: after 262 00:26:38 --> 00:26:45 all, Amnesty International is now campaigning to legalise all consensual sexual activity, 263 00:26:45 --> 00:26:51 including prostitution? We have seen enormous changes in attitudes to such matters in my 264 00:26:51 --> 00:27:00 lifetime, short as it has been. Prior to 1967, consensual homosexual activity, even in private, 265 00:27:00 --> 00:27:04 was criminal. Now we have gay marriage. 266 00:27:04 --> 00:27:10 Such questions, even over what is "turpitude" allow for wriggle room for the advocates and 267 00:27:10 --> 00:27:16 the judge to find the "right" answer, dressed up as principle. 268 00:27:16 --> 00:27:21 Lord Sumption also refers to what he calls a "recognised exception" to the category of 269 00:27:21 --> 00:27:28 turpitudinous acts for cases of strict liability, generally arising under statute, where the 270 00:27:28 --> 00:27:33 claimant was not privy to the facts making his act unlawful. One wonders on what basis 271 00:27:33 --> 00:27:39 this is a "recognised exception"? The obvious answer is that no judge would want to punish 272 00:27:39 --> 00:27:43 such an innocent party, by enforcing the illegality rule. 273 00:27:43 --> 00:27:49 The danger with this sort of analysis is that although dressed up as principle, it is, in 274 00:27:49 --> 00:27:54 reality, simply an example of the court acting to get the "right" answer. That is not very 275 00:27:54 --> 00:27:59 far from the discretionary approach of the Court of Appeal in Apotex, which attracted 276 00:27:59 --> 00:28:03 the opprobrium of the Supreme Court. 277 00:28:03 --> 00:28:08 The next case - Hounga - is problematic and has given rise to a good deal of debate in 278 00:28:08 --> 00:28:11 the profession as well as in law faculties everywhere. 279 00:28:11 --> 00:28:17 The facts were simple: the claimant Nigerian was employed as a family help under an employment 280 00:28:17 --> 00:28:23 contract which was unlawful from inception. She had obtained entry into the UK by stating 281 00:28:23 --> 00:28:28 fraudulently that she was a relative of the family. Both parties knew throughout that 282 00:28:28 --> 00:28:34 it was illegal for her to work here and she was a willing participant in the illegality. 283 00:28:34 --> 00:28:40 The Employment Tribunal rejected her claims for unpaid salary, damages for unfair dismissal 284 00:28:40 --> 00:28:44 and for the statutory tort of dismissal on racially discriminatory grounds because they 285 00:28:44 --> 00:28:50 were all inextricably bound up with her illegal conduct which could not be condoned. The EAT 286 00:28:50 --> 00:28:57 allowed her appeal in relation to the statutory tort on the ground that her illegal employment 287 00:28:57 --> 00:29:03 was not inextricably linked with the physical abuse and forcible eviction to which she had 288 00:29:03 --> 00:29:04 been subjected. 289 00:29:04 --> 00:29:09 The defendant successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal. Rimer LJ said: 290 00:29:09 --> 00:29:15 'In making good her dismissal discrimination case she was directly invoking and relying 291 00:29:15 --> 00:29:21 upon the fact that she was here illegally and had been working illegally for the Allens. 292 00:29:21 --> 00:29:26 She was making a direct link between the discriminatory treatment of which she complained and the 293 00:29:26 --> 00:29:31 circumstances in which she came to be, and was, employed by the Allens.' 294 00:29:31 --> 00:29:36 The Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal. It made no express reference to the Law Commission's 295 00:29:36 --> 00:29:42 reports but applied its approach. Lord Wilson (with whom Baroness Hale and Lord Kerr agreed) 296 00:29:42 --> 00:29:48 concluded, on the basis of a dictum of Lord Phillips in Stone & Rolls, that the Tinsley 297 00:29:48 --> 00:29:54 reliance test could not automatically be applied and thought it appropriate 'to soften the 298 00:29:54 --> 00:29:59 effect of the reliance test by the need to consider the underlying policy'. 299 00:29:59 --> 00:30:02 On the 'inextricable link' test Lord Wilson said: 300 00:30:02 --> 00:30:10 'I would hold the link to be absent. Entry into the illegal contract on 28 January 2007 301 00:30:10 --> 00:30:16 and its continued operation until 17 July 2008 provided no more than the context in 302 00:30:16 --> 00:30:21 which Mrs Allen then perpetuated the acts of physical, verbal and emotional abuse by 303 00:30:21 --> 00:30:26 which, among other things, she dismissed Miss Hounga from her employment.' 304 00:30:26 --> 00:30:30 Although he went on to say 'the bigger question was whether the inextricable link test was 305 00:30:30 --> 00:30:36 applicable' Lord Wilson did not explicitly answer that question and focused instead on 306 00:30:36 --> 00:30:41 the public policy foundation of the illegality defence. He referred to the well known dictum 307 00:30:41 --> 00:30:47 of McLachlin J in Hall v. Hebert and said that awarding compensation for injured feelings 308 00:30:47 --> 00:30:52 to Miss Hounga did not allow her to profit from her wrongful conduct in entering the 309 00:30:52 --> 00:30:58 contract; or to evade a criminal penalty; nor did it encourage others to enter similar 310 00:30:58 --> 00:31:04 illegal contracts; conversely to allow the illegality defence would encourage other disreputable 311 00:31:04 --> 00:31:10 employers to discriminate with impunity against their employees. These public policy considerations 312 00:31:10 --> 00:31:15 led Lord Wilson to conclude that there 'scarcely exist[ed]' any justification for applying 313 00:31:15 --> 00:31:20 the illegality defence. In essence this was an example of the approach favoured by the 314 00:31:20 --> 00:31:22 Law Commission. 315 00:31:22 --> 00:31:29 It is, however, noteworthy that in his enumeration of the policy considerations Lord Wilson omitted 316 00:31:29 --> 00:31:35 the most obviously applicable one, namely, consistency in the law: how could the law 317 00:31:35 --> 00:31:43 prohibit the employment, yet reward Miss Hounga with damages for its discriminatory termination? 318 00:31:43 --> 00:31:47 Lord Hughes (with Lord Carnwath) agreed with Lord Wilson that there was not a sufficiently 319 00:31:47 --> 00:31:52 close connection between the illegality and the statutory tort. This was in contrast with 320 00:31:52 --> 00:31:57 the claims for breach of contract when the contract was 'prohibited and illegal'. The 321 00:31:57 --> 00:32:02 employment 'merely provided the setting or context' for the commission of the tort and 322 00:32:02 --> 00:32:07 to allow recovery for that tort 'would not amount to the court's condoning what it otherwise 323 00:32:07 --> 00:32:09 condemns'. 324 00:32:09 --> 00:32:14 I think the Court of Appeal was right to say that all Miss Hounga's claims, including the 325 00:32:14 --> 00:32:20 one on which ultimately she succeeded, were 'obviously' inextricably bound up with the 326 00:32:20 --> 00:32:27 illegal employment: it is difficult to see on what basis the unfair dismissal was, but 327 00:32:27 --> 00:32:33 the racially discriminatory dismissal was not, caused by it. This looks like an example 328 00:32:33 --> 00:32:38 of Lord Sumption's interesting observation in Apotex to the effect that the disordered 329 00:32:38 --> 00:32:44 state of the law is due to 'the distaste of a court for the consequences of applying their 330 00:32:44 --> 00:32:50 own rules'. The Law Commission would say this is an example of the law being 'bent' in order 331 00:32:50 --> 00:32:57 to achieve a palatable result. Miss Hounga was relying, for all her claims, on her own 332 00:32:57 --> 00:32:59 unlawful employment. 333 00:32:59 --> 00:33:05 In the later case of Bilta there is a valiant attempt by Lord Sumption to support Hounga. 334 00:33:05 --> 00:33:10 At para 102 he says: 'Miss Hounga did not rely, and did not need to rely on the circumstances 335 00:33:10 --> 00:33:17 in which she had entered into the' UK. I don't think that quite hits the point: the circumstances 336 00:33:17 --> 00:33:23 of Miss Hounga's entry into the UK may have been background, but the illegal contract 337 00:33:23 --> 00:33:32 clearly was not. It was central to any unfair or racially discriminatory dismissal claim. 338 00:33:32 --> 00:33:38 In my view the real question in Hounga should have been whether, on the true construction 339 00:33:38 --> 00:33:44 of the provision which created the statutory tort - the Race Relations Act 1976, section 340 00:33:44 --> 00:33:53 4(2) - it applied to unlawful contracts of employment. That question was never addressed 341 00:33:53 --> 00:34:00 either by the Court of Appeal or by the Supreme Court. The section deals with employment discrimination 342 00:34:00 --> 00:34:05 and access to opportunities for promotion and training, as well as dismissal and other 343 00:34:05 --> 00:34:11 forms of detriment. The decision in Hounga implies that a person knowingly in illegal 344 00:34:11 --> 00:34:18 employment can nevertheless make claims across the whole range, eg but for his race, the 345 00:34:18 --> 00:34:30 terms of the illegal employment would have been improved or he would have been promoted 346 00:34:30 --> 00:34:35 to more senior illegal employment. That cannot be right. 347 00:34:35 --> 00:34:41 Hounga may be a classic example of a hard case making bad law. 348 00:34:41 --> 00:34:47 It certainly does not follow that the decision in Hounga is in conflict with Tinsley. They 349 00:34:47 --> 00:34:53 are different cases. Tinsley decides that the illegality defence depends on a rule of 350 00:34:53 --> 00:34:58 law: it doesn't turn on the supposed equities and it certainly isn't a discretionary power 351 00:34:58 --> 00:35:04 exercisable on the basis of a judicial value judgment or balancing exercise. Cases such 352 00:35:04 --> 00:35:09 as Parkingeye and Hounga are different because the claimant is not obliged to rely on his 353 00:35:09 --> 00:35:15 own illegality and Tinsley is not applicable. In Apotex the claimant relied on the alleged 354 00:35:15 --> 00:35:21 illegality and the Tinsley principle was engaged: in Hounga the Supreme Court decided the illegality 355 00:35:21 --> 00:35:27 was merely background or context so the Tinsley principle was not engaged. In Hounga there 356 00:35:27 --> 00:35:32 was also a competing public policy. For this reason the singular expression 'the illegality 357 00:35:32 --> 00:35:36 defence' is misleading and should be avoided. 358 00:35:36 --> 00:35:41 Hounga was followed in Best v. Chief Land Registrar [2015] EWCA Civ 17. There a squatter 359 00:35:41 --> 00:35:45 was held to be entitled to claim title to a residential property in reliance upon his 360 00:35:45 --> 00:35:50 adverse possession notwithstanding that his occupation amounted to a criminal offence 361 00:35:50 --> 00:35:56 under The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Parliament Act 2012, section 144. The Court of Appeal 362 00:35:56 --> 00:36:02 concluded that in enacting section 144Parliament did not intend to produce any collateral effect 363 00:36:02 --> 00:36:09 upon the settled law of adverse possession in respect of registered or unregistered land. 364 00:36:09 --> 00:36:26 The next case is Patel where, contrary to the Criminal Justice Act 1993, section 52, 365 00:36:26 --> 00:36:33 the claimant paid £620k to the defendant under an illegal contract to bet on the movement 366 00:36:33 --> 00:36:39 of shares in Royal Bank of Scotland using inside information. In the event the illicit 367 00:36:39 --> 00:36:44 information was never forthcoming. The contract was frustrated but the defendant refused to 368 00:36:44 --> 00:36:49 repay the money. The Court of Appeal unanimously held in favour of the claimant because the 369 00:36:49 --> 00:36:54 contract was wholly unperformed. The reason why the claimant had withdrawn was held to 370 00:36:54 --> 00:36:59 be irrelevant and it was unnecessary for the claimant to have to show this had been done 371 00:36:59 --> 00:37:06 voluntarily or that there had been, on his part, some hand wringing expression of repentance. 372 00:37:06 --> 00:37:11 This aspect of the decision confirmed the point made some years earlier by Millett LJ 373 00:37:11 --> 00:37:17 in Tribe v Tribe [1996] Ch 107 at 135 and has sensibly clarified a previously unresolved 374 00:37:17 --> 00:37:23 chestnut. The combined effect of Millett LJ in Tribe and the decision in Patel means that 375 00:37:23 --> 00:37:26 Bigos v Boustead is no longer good law. 376 00:37:26 --> 00:37:31 The court was, however, divided on the distinct question whether, if the judge's decision 377 00:37:31 --> 00:37:36 that the claimant could not withdraw in the events which had happened, had been correct, 378 00:37:36 --> 00:37:42 the claim would have been barred because of the need to rely on the illegality. Rimer 379 00:37:42 --> 00:37:48 and Vos LJJ held that it would have been barred because the claimant had relied on the agreement 380 00:37:48 --> 00:37:54 and its frustration in all its gory detail in his pleadings. The point was trenchantly 381 00:37:54 --> 00:38:00 summarised by Rimer LJ: he said the claimant could not have pleaded a case which 'carefully 382 00:38:00 --> 00:38:04 kept the illegal cat secure in the bag'. 383 00:38:04 --> 00:38:09 I'm not sure about the concept of an illegal cat but no matter. 384 00:38:09 --> 00:38:16 Gloster LJ (the third judge) took the view that it did not matter what had been pleaded. 385 00:38:16 --> 00:38:25 Basing herself on Tinsley - Lord Browne Wilkinson at 476-7 - she said the test was whether reliance 386 00:38:25 --> 00:38:33 on the illegality of necessity formed part of the claimant's case. In Patel it did not. 387 00:38:33 --> 00:38:37 The claimant merely had to show that he had paid over the money for the purpose of speculating 388 00:38:37 --> 00:38:42 in shares in Royal Bank of Scotland and that this purpose had never been carried out. Gloster 389 00:38:42 --> 00:38:47 LJ also drew attention to section 63(2) of the 1993 Act to the effect that individual 390 00:38:47 --> 00:38:52 bargains should not be unenforceable from which she inferred that public policy did 391 00:38:52 --> 00:38:55 not require the claim to be infected by the illegality. 392 00:38:55 --> 00:39:01 There are two meritorious features of the approach adopted by Gloster LJ, which I should 393 00:39:01 --> 00:39:06 highlight. First, she applied the necessity test which was authoritatively established 394 00:39:06 --> 00:39:11 in Tinsley. Secondly, the answer to this sort of question should not turn on arcane case 395 00:39:11 --> 00:39:16 law about pleadings. This is a public policy issue which should be decided on the actual 396 00:39:16 --> 00:39:20 facts and the applicable principles of law. 397 00:39:20 --> 00:39:25 That analysis does not, however, sit happily with the fact that the illegality may be raised 398 00:39:25 --> 00:39:31 by the Court, e.g. in a case where it has never been pleaded. In Cross v Kirby (the 399 00:39:31 --> 00:39:34 hunt protestor case) Beldam LJ said: 400 00:39:34 --> 00:39:38 "I do not believe that there is any general principle that the Claimant must either plead, 401 00:39:38 --> 00:39:43 give evidence of or rely on his own illegality for the principle to apply. Such a technical 402 00:39:43 --> 00:39:48 approach is entirely absent from Lord Mansfield's exposition of the principle." 403 00:39:48 --> 00:39:53 I agree with Professor Graham Virgo on this point. The current law on the reliance point 404 00:39:53 --> 00:39:58 needs to be clarified. The correct answer should not depend on artifice or formalism, 405 00:39:58 --> 00:40:02 i.e. the subtleties of the way the case is or might be pleaded. 406 00:40:02 --> 00:40:05 I should try to summarise where I think we are. 407 00:40:05 --> 00:40:11 If we step back from the respective positions thus far adopted by different judges and ask 408 00:40:11 --> 00:40:18 ourselves the question: 'what has been happening in these cases?' the answer is that, broadly 409 00:40:18 --> 00:40:23 speaking, the courts have reached the right answers. In all these cases they have come 410 00:40:23 --> 00:40:28 to a view on the merits and engineered the appropriate result. Sometimes that has been 411 00:40:28 --> 00:40:33 done in the forthright way advocated by the Law Commission. The reasoning in such cases 412 00:40:33 --> 00:40:39 has the merit of openness and more transparency than we have ever had before: Hounga is an 413 00:40:39 --> 00:40:40 example. 414 00:40:40 --> 00:40:46 In other cases the courts have adopted a principled rule which has sufficient flexibility to enable 415 00:40:46 --> 00:40:51 it to accommodate the judicial instinct for fairness and justice. With this approach it 416 00:40:51 --> 00:40:56 has and should be possible for the court to decide whether the illegality and the claim 417 00:40:56 --> 00:41:03 are, or as the case may be, are not, 'inextricably linked' so there is a built in safety valve. 418 00:41:03 --> 00:41:09 Ordinarily, my personal preference would be in favour of a rigorous and principled rule 419 00:41:09 --> 00:41:15 but, for three reasons, in this particular context, I do not feel so constrained. 420 00:41:15 --> 00:41:21 First, our judges are rather good a spotting where the true merits lie and that enables 421 00:41:21 --> 00:41:25 them to get to what I would call the right answer. 422 00:41:25 --> 00:41:30 Secondly, as previously mentioned, certainty in the law is desirable whether you are advising 423 00:41:30 --> 00:41:35 a client when entering a contract or advising him about his prospects of success when a 424 00:41:35 --> 00:41:41 transaction has broken down. In this context that point does not arise. The parties to 425 00:41:41 --> 00:41:46 an illegal bargain can hardly complain if the court decides for itself what the result 426 00:41:46 --> 00:41:52 should be. In any event, it will be an unusual case where there is not one party with clearly 427 00:41:52 --> 00:41:54 more "merits" than the other. 428 00:41:54 --> 00:42:00 Thirdly, litigation lawyers have always cautioned clients - rightly in my view - that the 429 00:42:00 --> 00:42:06 merits of the case are vitally important in front of most judges. Contrary to popular 430 00:42:06 --> 00:42:13 belief judges are human beings. In my experience the merits of a case might even extend to 431 00:42:13 --> 00:42:19 the unsavoury appearance of a client. 432 00:42:19 --> 00:42:23 I have a vivid memory as a pupil attending an application for leave to appeal to the 433 00:42:23 --> 00:42:27 House of Lords. The Judical Committee was chaired by Lord Diplock and I think Lord Roskill 434 00:42:27 --> 00:42:34 was also present - a formidable court. Our client, apart from being a crook, also looked 435 00:42:34 --> 00:42:44 the part. Sam Stamler (my pupil master) had tried to dissuade the client from attending 436 00:42:44 --> 00:42:52 in person but he had insisted on being present. Stamler was on his feet for no more than a 437 00:42:52 --> 00:42:58 couple of minutes and was told to sit down. His opponent was then given a ten minute blasting 438 00:42:58 --> 00:43:04 and leave was given without the need for the customary withdrawal of counsel. As we walked 439 00:43:04 --> 00:43:09 back to the robing room along the red carpet on the Committee floor, our opponent congratulated 440 00:43:09 --> 00:43:15 Sam on his extraordinary success. He said he had advised his client that he would not 441 00:43:15 --> 00:43:20 be called on still less that leave to appeal would be granted. He said this was particularly 442 00:43:20 --> 00:43:26 impressive because Sam's physically unattractive client was in Court. 'Yes', said Stamler 'that's 443 00:43:26 --> 00:43:40 why I told him to sit behind you on your side 444 00:43:40 --> 00:43:42 of the Court'. 445 00:43:42 --> 00:43:48 The other aspect of illegality I want briefly to deal with this evening is the restitution 446 00:43:48 --> 00:43:52 point, ie recovery of property transferred under an illegal contract. 447 00:43:52 --> 00:43:57 A variety of policy arguments have been deployed as supposed justifications for denying the 448 00:43:57 --> 00:44:03 remedy of restitution where the claimant has been tainted with illegality. In summary, 449 00:44:03 --> 00:44:07 they are consistency, i.e. between the criminal law and private law - see Lord Hughes in 450 00:44:07 --> 00:44:10 Hounga. That is a powerful argument. 451 00:44:10 --> 00:44:14 The other points are less impressive for reasons which I won't address in this lecture. They 452 00:44:14 --> 00:44:19 are: deterrence, punishment and the dignity of the court. The arguments are well set out 453 00:44:19 --> 00:44:25 by Professor Graham Virgo in his article: "The Defence of Illegality in Unjust Enrichment". 454 00:44:25 --> 00:44:28 There may be circumstances where one or other of these points will, on the facts of the 455 00:44:28 --> 00:44:33 particular case, have great sway. Leaving that aside, summarising the position shortly, 456 00:44:33 --> 00:44:36 the current state of the law appears to be as follows. 457 00:44:36 --> 00:44:40 The first point is that, property so transferred is recoverable if, for whatever reason, the 458 00:44:40 --> 00:44:42 contract is wholly unperformed. 459 00:44:42 --> 00:44:47 Secondly, it is established that for this purpose property includes tangible assets: 460 00:44:47 --> 00:44:51 Bowmakers Limited v. Barnett Instruments Limited (machine tools); it also includes real estate 461 00:44:51 --> 00:44:57 as in Tinsley; and (subject to the Supreme Court in Patel) the right to be repaid money. 462 00:44:57 --> 00:45:03 Thirdly, property may also be recovered even if the agreement is no longer executory provided 463 00:45:03 --> 00:45:07 the claimant can establish ownership without having to rely on the illegal agreement: see 464 00:45:07 --> 00:45:13 Tinsley and Collier (the contrasting presumption cases we looked at earlier). As I have already 465 00:45:13 --> 00:45:18 suggested the reasoning in these two cases is unsatisfactory and arbitrary. 466 00:45:18 --> 00:45:25 In Patel the claim for return of the £620k was not an attempt to get a profit, still 467 00:45:25 --> 00:45:32 less to secure a benefit for Mr Patel from the illegality: Mr Patel wanted his money 468 00:45:32 --> 00:45:37 back. This case strikingly illustrates the subtle way in which there has been a shift 469 00:45:37 --> 00:45:42 in public policy. Lord Mansfield would not have permitted the court process to be used 470 00:45:42 --> 00:45:48 to assist Mr Patel but, provided he is not being rewarded for his improper behaviour, 471 00:45:48 --> 00:45:55 the courts today are or may be more sympathetic to the claimant even if his hands are a little 472 00:45:55 --> 00:46:00 bit grubby. I think this is the point which was anticipated nearly 30 years ago by Bingham 473 00:46:00 --> 00:46:05 LJ - you will recall that learned judge's excellent image in his judgment in Saunders 474 00:46:05 --> 00:46:08 v. Edwards of the court drawing up its skirts. 475 00:46:08 --> 00:46:13 If, in a case like Patel, the claimant is barred from recovering it would follow that 476 00:46:13 --> 00:46:18 the defendant would retain a windfall and profit from the illegality. This was an acceptable 477 00:46:18 --> 00:46:23 outcome to Lord Mansfield but I think it should not be permitted today: the defendant should 478 00:46:23 --> 00:46:26 not be permitted to retain the claimant's property. 479 00:46:26 --> 00:46:32 Finally - and I know that word always brings relief to the audience - my understanding 480 00:46:32 --> 00:46:38 is that on the restitution point, French law is ahead of the game. In France recovery of 481 00:46:38 --> 00:46:43 property is permitted so as to restore the parties to their original positions. The illegal 482 00:46:43 --> 00:46:49 transaction is reversed and is of no effect. On this isolated and recherche point I think 483 00:46:49 --> 00:46:57 we would do well, just for once, unashamedly to follow the French.
Lord Grabiner Arcadia chairman Lord Grabiner is going to be called before MPs Credit: PA The chairman of Arcadia, Lord Grabiner, is expected to be called to assist MPs to know BHS was sold to Retail Acquisitions for £1 13 months before its spectacular fall. The Daily Telegraph understands that Lord Grabiner, who has chaired retail conglomerate is ’sed by Sir Philip Green will likely be requested to appear before the House of Commons Company, Innovation and Abilities committee. Is understood to need to phone advisors, along with all those involved in the problem. Lord Grabiner can also be a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street bank, that may even be encouraged to give evidence to MPs over its part in the selling of BHS. Philip Green Last year, Sir Philip Green sold BHS for £1 Antony Gutman, among Goldman senior London-based bankers, acted as a gatekeeper” that was “ to Sir Philip and screened Retail Acquisitions before advocating a meeting. Lord Grabiner is known as a barrister turned Labour peer who's Master of Clare College, Cambridge. Additionally it is considered as Dominic Chappell was presented by him to Sir Philip, Paul Budge, Arcadia’s finance manager, will soon be called. It emerged on the weekend that Lady Tina, Sir Philip’s wife, is going to be called to give evidence to the Commons’ Work as well as the BIS select committee and Pensions committee. Within an unusual measure, the committees are getting ready to hold joint sessions for witnesses, including Retail Acquisitions leader Dominic Chappell and Sir Philip, who both sets of MPs want to question. Tina Green Mr Field’s by what method the deficit ballooned to that particular standing, and question will focus on BHS’s £571m pension deficit, given the fund, that has been closed to new members in 2005, was in excess as recently. The Pensions Regulators has started an investigation to the deficit, which Sir Philip is understood to have offered to help ballyhoo by writing off an additional £40m in cash, as well as £40m owed to him by BHS. Mike Ashley Sports Direct creator Mike Ashley needs to save BHS Others in the framework range from the guy behind Allan Leighton and Edinburgh Woollen Mills, Co-operative Group chairman turned. It in addition has emerged that Mr Chappell’s Retail Acquisition association used BHS’s distribution center in Warwickshire as security to get a £5m loan from Alex Dellal and property tycoons Man as the remains of BHS are picked over. This extremely high-priced interest rate was the best they could do” although “Chappell and his team came saying they were financiers, one source said. After guaranteeing a £60m loan with Grovepoint Capital on standard commercial conditions” the firm later refinanced the £25m loan paying it back an added £6m in interest. BHS shops While a rescuer is located BHS shops will stay open BHS shops stay open while the administrator continues its hunt for a buyer, with assurances last week that wages will continue being paid. As element of its function, the administrator may advocate additional investigation be undertaken if deemed essential, and must file a report on managers of the firm for the Insolvency Service. Mr Chappell failed to remark on the conditions of the Dellal loan. Lord Grabiner declined to communicate with The Daily Telegraph, saying: “I don’t need to own this dialogue.” lord grabiner qc lord grabiner qc liverpool lord grabiner qc one essex court lord grabiner qc wiki lord grabiner qc report anthony grabiner qc chambers of lord grabiner qc the chambers of lord grabiner qc
Parliament’s damning report in the BHS scandal on “King” Phil Greed’s part has fell too fast back on to next day’s a controversy definitely too close for comfort for many media tycoons, inside pages. Field doesn’t look overly worried. Smart Frank. But certainly more focus must be paid to the part of Lord Grabiner QC, the non-executive chairman of Greed’s Arcadia group until last year’s closing crisis, as well as quite a grand legal grandee from 2002. I'd make the call’ If there were a Dignitas for department stores Read Like many such appointees Northern Rock and RBS – Grabiner failed abysmally to shield either its staff and pensioners, the company or its faithful customers. He was made to confess that he just absorbed in the press that King Phil’s £1 option of buyer Dominic Chappell, for BHS, was an extremely dodgy, inexperienced ex-broke. His acceptance was an “after occasion ratification”, which seems a bit like a morning. Horrible things and, as today we must point out, not that of those, all our own fault intervening busybodies. Like “elite” it's a familiar platitude in political discussion, but does establishment have some significance in manners it did on its last gasp 50 years past in modern Britain? Present Time 0:00 To ask the question is sufficient to evoke howls of indignation from Faragistes and Corbynites who fairly nicely set themselves, tell their assistants they have to take control back from concealed powers of the organization. The word was popularised in the 1950s a fantastic, by Henry Fairlie, somewhat louche columnist. Anthony Sampson, who'd considerably more stamina, place securely on the constructions of power between hard covers in his Anatomy of Britain set. In a gesture to demotic and democratic times, Sampson called his last variation Who Runs This Place? (2004) and reasoned that nobody much did any more. The old interlocking groups of power, politics, the judiciary, the City, company, universities, even the TUC as well as the Church of England, where lots of folks from upper middle class backgrounds all understood each other, were substantially reduced in both coherence and power. Searches related to lord grabiner lord grabiner net worth lord grabiner bhs grabiner topshop lord grabiner goldman sachs lord grabiner clare jane portnoy grabiner mike grabiner stephen grabiner

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Globalisation, thanks to the UN, Nato, the G7 and G20, the IMF and World Bank, and, needless to say, the EU, had made Britain more in an economical and politico-military sense. I believe that’s around correct. There'sn’t coherence or the will, there aren’t an established group of rules by which responsible and good individuals are supposed to pretend to act when, or at least to act. I don’t understand him, he the next best paid attorney in an extremely successful commercial attorney and Britain. But he’s definitely not establishment. Shoppers pass a BHS shop on Oxford Street in London Shoppers pass a BHS shop on Oxford Street in London. Each of the retailer’s shops will close by 20. Photo: Andy Rain/EPA For one thing he’s a small black mark to historical regime kinds, Jewish, and a London grammar school boy who went to study law. Clearly quite smart, he climbed through the system as a government barrister (trade-related issues) and after a part time judge. No great loss, Corby shout is heard by me, though both guys’s societal histories are most likely fairly similar. Grabiner is now president of the University of Law, in addition to the master of Clare College in Cambridge and has supported many good causes. He became a hero to Liverpool FC supporters. All of it sounds quite establishment. But wait. Though a number of their paid contacts and sources were jailed most reporters so thrown to the wolves by their supervisors got acquitted on public interest defence grounds. It wasn't Fast Street’s best time, however, it worked for Murdoch an hour or so – 000 in a Grabiner, who jumped up controversially again-this summer in privateequity chancer Man Hands’s bound bid to sue Citibank. Grabiner had not been in court to find out his customer take claims of fraud from the financial institution. Murdoch made Grabiner as chairperson of requirements board and his direction after the telephone- hacking at scandal. Is this organization actions? Was it therefore when he guided Reignwood, the brand new Chinese owners of the top-notch Wentworth club in Surrey (for a charge) that these were were lawfully eligible for cull the account from 4,000 to 800 superrich and rampup members’ costs? Grabiner were a low-executive director underneath the prior operator and, when accused of treachery, stated his guidance was strictly specialist. I’m unsure if function like this can be a tad ratty or simply great? We shouldn’t be maudlin concerning the program that is historical. Study Trollope’s book The Way We Live Today to find what fiscal scams these Victorians that are virtuous born. But ignominy was ignominy in days past, pity and remorse were lastingly and more seriously visited - sometimes and more acutely felt. Now, when responsibility and transparency are more honest and less class-one-sided than they were subsequently, community numbers and (terrible phrase) stars could be found doing terrible things – jailed also – but shortly bounce-back on Television as well as on the net. Cameron was right, United Kingdom is damaged. But it’s entrepreneurs that are to attribute Near “pals” of David Cameron, for politics edge in the strategy, may reveal his personal dialogues like expert Steve Hilton or Michael Gove. Chip Clegg’s married woman, Miriam, who appears to have rather a top opinion of himself, may print a novel of recipes and be snooty about Jan Cam weakness for s mayonnaise over home made. David Laws’s high-minded memoirs that are claim rumor on every one. And therefore it continues on. A knighthood to Savile contrary to the guidance of her cupboard assistant can be given by Maggie Thatcher, and Blair, eager to encourage entrepreneurs as an alternative of boys that are rigid old, is it true that an identical for BHS Greed. Cameron afterwards requests Avarice to to get rid of publicsector waste (hoho). It'sn’t functioning perfectly if this can be an organization at work,. As the statement uncovered among buckpassing officialdom, there's a dearth of complete, also of coherence, communication. S O may Grabiner be slumbering nicely following this week strike? My suspicion is that the many indignity he can endure are silent phrases of empathy about these MPs, and he’ll be just good. King Phil might cough up because of his pensionary (if he nonetheless h AS enough cash) and actually keep his dirty knighthood. But a veneer of organization ain’t what it was previously. 2017 , May 11 The many frightening phrases in tests are voiced by defendants instead than. That should be known by Grabiner.
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He's chairperson of Taveta, in addition to a prominent lawyer. This Eco-Friendly family keeping company once possessed a shop string that's failed with £571m in obligations, BHS. Test the foot’s best reports to get a week By registering you accept the stipulations, biscuit plan and privacy and make sure you've got read. A prognosis that was disturbing was shown by the QC in utilizing the after- ratification ” to describe his part in the administration of BHS last year. The word is apparently intended to imply his total magisterial acceptance was obtained by the offer as chairman of the panel, despite the fact that it had been consented by an organization of Taveta managers in a committee meeting to which he wasn't actually encouraged. One pictures the expert slamming an extremely large rubber-stamp on a journal entry down for £1 compensated by scrape purchasing group Retail Purchases. Grabiner was testifying to MPs on Friday night in regards to the research — or want of it — to the purchase. His remarks may have whetted MPs desires for pas on Friday, from Olswang Thornton, accountants and attorneys to Retail Purchases. “After- ratification ” seems somewhat like a mashup of “ and post hoc morning- after. Prophylaxis was happening on two levels, we might assume. Retail entrepreneur Friend Philip Green wished to place some space between the fiscal and reputational responsibility BHS had become. Grabiner planned to show he'd managed a trade that was significant by Taveta glimpsed in a back-view mirror. As Grabiner protested on Friday Taveta was “a privately held company”. That's true. But managers’ legal obligations to exercise skill, caution and persistence affect both offered and personal companies. Presumably the expert abided by the correspondence of the the principles. His remarks on Friday nevertheless indicate Lord might be an appropriate nick-name. Blossom power Attending a jolly that is company at Chelsea Blossom Display this week? Our horticulture reporter positioning is provided by Daphne Trug: “ the new is trumped by The recognizable at Chelsea in occasions that are dubious. That describes a powerful displaying this season for perennials that are robust, including lengthy-serving evergreens and FTSE chief professionals for example Mister Roger Carr, Friend Jesse Walker and Mister Earn Bischoff. Pitcher crops that are “ immediately sprout one of them. Left uncontrolled, these mid- Town PRs and rating brokers might quickly overpower the bacteria that is grandee with offerings of ‘ transformative and communicatings’ that is proactive. Good- examples that are grounded react by building exotic spots, shoulders and arms aimed spinily out. Exotics developed by nutrient-wealthy land that was overseas were much in proof through the goods super-cycle. Several re-Source tycoons have nipped in the marijuana. High poppies may also be an issue. Company and town figures beset by secateur - MPs would prefer to perhaps not be snatched quaffing Bolly in Wealth Backyard of Mindful Dwelling. “You may nevertheless expect to face strenuous climbers
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