Our appeal against the High Court decision in the Club’s dispute with Sainsbury’s will be heard on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week in the Court of Appeal.
The format of the hearing will involve Mr David Matthias QC, barrister for the club, opening by outlining why we have launched the appeal, going on to present our case and the reasons we consider the High Court’s decision should be reversed. Mr Mark Wonnacott QC, barrister for Sainsbury’s will then explain why the supermarket feels they are in the right and why the High Court decision should stand.
The initial submissions are expected to take most of the first two days of the hearing. Both sides will then have an opportunity to make any further points in response. The three Lord Justices hearing the appeal, LJ Laws, LJ McCombe and LJ Floyd are then likely to retire to consider their decision.
Our lawyers have told us the court could take several weeks to finalise its judgment – there is no specific timescale for this.
If any of you want to come to the court and listen to the cases being presented, it will take place in the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London WC2A 2LL. It should begin at 10.30am on Tuesday.
We would like to thank everyone for their continued support during this process. All of the directors, at one time or another, have been stopped by supporters wishing to pass on their good luck to the club.
We can assure you we will continue to fight to secure the long term future and sustainability of our club.