The latest stage in the battle over the attempted liquidation of the charity that used to run Clapton’s historic home, the Old Spotted Dog, took place in the High Court on Friday, 14 August.
Chief Registrar Nicholas Briggs, sitting at the Rolls Building, presided over a costs hearing involving Vince McBean, who is attempting to liquidate the Newham Community Leisure charity, and those petitioners who oppose it.
Chief Registrar Briggs set down a strict timetable leading up to the trial, beginning with Mr McBean and his fellow respondents Trevor Gordon and Ransford Taylor, being asked to refile their witness statement, this time with signed statements of truth, by Friday, 21 August.
We can now reveal that three statements of truth WERE submitted on deadline day on behalf of, we assume, all three of Mr McBean, Mr Gordon and Mr Taylor,
All three will now face cross-examination before the court, as Chief Registrar Briggs decreed, otherwise their evidence will still not be accepted.
Mr McBean had no legal representation in the High Court and instead represented himself, and Mr Taylor and Mr Gordon too, in court.
Further deadlines were laid down by Chief Registrar Briggs, including for submission of skeleton arguments and for submission of bundles of documents.
If the process adheres to those deadlines, the case would next be due in court after 9 November 2018.
A full trial would take place over at least four days and likely not till next summer, Chief Registrar Briggs said.
Mr McBean declined to come to an agreement over costs, which were estimated by the petitioners as £64,000 for just a two-day trial alone.
In the meantime, the liquidator is nominally in charge of the Old Spotted Dog, which currently has Mr McBean’s team and Step 6 side Hackney Wick as joint tenants.
in recent months, life members and fans have re-established a members’ run club, Clapton CFC in the Middlesex League, while the entire youth team set-up separately decided to quit too.
Chairman John Murray-Smith, assistant manager Wayne Seal, and first team coach Marc Nurse have also departed this summer, for a variety of reasons.