I have no idea whether Dave King is a religious man. If he is I would posit that he has an affinity with St Jude, the patron saint of lost causes.I have dealt with King’s litigious misadventures in other blogs on this site. Green’s legal action is so compelling that many have questioned why King would attempt any defence.
There are three reasons for this. The first is that counsel acting for Green will indubitably seek immediate payment for work done to date by solicitors acting for Green. This will include attending Livingston Police Station, and briefing another solicitor who is qualified in Scots Law. Retaining a QC and his costs for the preliminary hearing will also have to be accommodated.
The second is that counsel acting for Green will seek to ring-fence an amount that would exceed any anticipated costs so as to include contingencies. Two hundred days per annum of any competent QC’s time will run to a minimum of £700,000. When adding fees from the instructing solicitors, the annual costs will be a minimum of £1m and possibly much more. Chris McLaughlin’s estimate of £500,000 was not even close.
The third reason is that the current perilous state of the finances will be exposed should any ring-fencing be permitted. At this point, King would be expected to pony up as it would be a crisis. He could not just dismiss it and file it under ‘holistic’ review.
The sting in the tail is that King was lying all along. He does not have any money, even for a crisis payment.
King will be exposed as a charlatan.