As reported earlier, the court battle between Liverpool FC’s co-owners and the Royal Bank of Scotland was escalated by the bank earlier this morning in the wake of what Anfield Road understands was overnight counter-action by Tom Hicks.
The story last night was that today’s session – which was actually RBS v Hicks and others – was little more than a discussion between lawyers to discuss the process and to agree times and dates. RBS had taken this action because Hicks had tried to interfere with the board, something that RBS and LFC contend he doesn’t have any right to do.
We were informed this afternoon that Tom Hicks had counter-sued Martin Broughton, Christian Purslow, Ian Ayre and RBS overnight, claiming they had not acted appropriately in terms of accepting the bid from NESV.
As a result, what had been expected to be a low-key minutes-long meeting of lawyers became a full-blown battle between the various legal representatives appointed by not only RBS and Hicks but also by Liverpool FC and other interested parties.
The day in court ended late this afternoon with a decision that the verdict will be announced at 10am tomorrow.
Anfield Road understands that Martin Broughton, Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre will all be in attendance at the court tomorrow. Tomorrow is being seen as the big day supporters have been waiting for and “could be an important step forward for LFC” – if the judge rules in favour of RBS.
Summary is expected to last up to an hour and although this remains the Royal Bank of Scotland’s case a victory for the bank would be seen as a major step for Liverpool FC.
Anfield Road was assured earlier that there was never any intention to dissuade supporters from being there for the trial. We were assured that this was quite the opposite of what was wanted.
We said that as soon as the date, time and location of the trial were known the details would be released and relayed to supporters.
The message Anfield Road had heard was quite clear – if fans were going to take time off work and spend their hard-earned cash travelling to the court to show their support for the club, please turn up on the right day.
Tonight’s message is also clear.
Tomorrow is the big day: Royal Courts of Justice, London, 10am, Wednesday 13th October 2010.
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