Jobless man, 41, sues rich parents for life-long financial support

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A jobless man is suing his parents for life-long financial support despite being a fully qualified lawyer.

Faiz Siddiqui claims he is completely dependent on his Dubai-based mum and dad who have let him live rent-free for 20 years in their £1million flat near London Hyde Park.

Mum Rakshanda, 69, and dad Javed, 71, currently give him more than £400 a week to cover bills and other outgoings but want to slash their support following a family row.

Mr Siddiqui is now suing his parents to make them continue providing for him in a case that is the first of it's kind in the UK.

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The family's lawyer, Justin Warshaw QC, said: “These long-suffering parents have their own view of what is suitable provision for their ‘difficult, demanding and pertinacious’ son.”

The 41-year-old with an Oxford University degree practised law at top law firms but has been unemployed since 2011.

The case against his parents claiming maintenance was rejected last year by a top family court judge but has now gone to the Court of Appeals.

It is believed that the result of the unique case will impact the rights of parents across the country.

In 2018, Mr Siddiqui also took legal action against Oxford University in a dispute over his final grade.

He attempted to sue the university for £1million, claiming “inadequate teaching” led to his 2:1 result which resulted in him losing a place at a top US law college.

He claimed that the absence of staff, who were sick or on sabbatical, blighted his chances when he took his final exams in 2000. He also said staff also failed to pass on details of his depression and insomnia so his marks could be adjusted.

Oxford denies his claims, saying he did not complain at the time about the teaching and his only health problem was serious hay fever.

Oxford’s lawyer Julian Milford told the High Court his record was “one of promise laced with inconsistency”.

The case was rejected.

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