Simon Read, Head of the Housing Team at Zenith Chambers has been involved in the high profile 'Occupy Sheffield' legal battle.
He was instructed to represent Sheffield Catherdral who were looking to evict anti-capitalist camp Occupy Sheffield from the churchyard where it had been for 3 months. It was decided at a hearing on 27th January that the case would be listed for a 2 day, however a behind-the-scenes deal involving Simon Read and his instucting solicitor, helped pave the way for protesters camping outside Sheffield Cathedral to end their occupation.
An agreement was struck between church authorities and members of Occupy Sheffield that the cathedral would not seek legal costs from the group which were expected to be over £12,000. Legal documents also showed the cathedral had lost estimated income of £65,000. An agreement was reached to allow 13 named defendants to leave, with a few day's grace, without having to pay costs.
The Dean of Sheffield, the Very Reverend Peter Bradley said: "Sheffield Cathedral is pleased to have achieved a reasonable outcome in collaboration with Occupy Sheffield. "