Two grown men expecting financial handouts from their family
An ex-Clifford Chance trainee who unsuccessfully sued Oxford University, is now bringing a claim against his parents for a lifelong maintenance grant.
41-year-old Faiz Siddiqui says that he is entirely dependent on his wealthy parents, and that they should provide the lifetime allowance, as he is a "vulnerable" grown-up child, with health issues. He claims that preventing the payment would be a violation of his human rights.
Siddiqui was a trainee at Clifford Chance and then worked at other firms, but has been unemployed since 2011.
He has lived rent-free in a £1 million flat owned by his parents near Hyde Park, for the last 20 years, according to reports. His parents, who live in Dubai, have provided Siddiqui with more than £400 a week and paid his bills. But following a family row, they now want to cut off the support.
The ex-lawyer's case against his parents was rejected by the family court last year, so he has now taken the matter the Court of Appeal.
"These long-suffering parents have their own view of what is suitable provision for their 'difficult, demanding and pertinacious' son," said Justin Warshaw QC, the barrister for Siddiqui's parents, it was reported.
In 2016, Siddiqui commenced a legal claim for £1 million against Oxford University, 16 years after he had graduated. The former CC trainee claimed the university's "boring" and "appallingly bad" tuition robbed him of a first class degree and a successful career in law. Siddiqui obtained a 2:1 degree, and trained at Clifford Chance. Which most law students would count as a fairly solid foundation for a legal career.
Siddiqui was unsuccessful in his claim against Oxford University. Mr Justice Foskett, in the High Court, said at the time: "I have not been satisfied that the delivery of one particular feature of the claimant's undergraduate degree course was inadequate or, in any event, that it had the consequences claimed for it."