Firm's writ loses it showbiz client

West End firm Seddons has settled a claim for more than £50,000 in unpaid fees against one of its former clients, Derek Block, the London showbiz agent.

However, Block was unimpressed by the firm's action and has said he will no longer be giving it his work.

Seddons issued a High Court writ at the end of last month claiming £51,111 plus interest from Block and alleging payment had not been forthcoming despite requests.

The writ said Block was a client since June 1991 and Seddons had acted for him in a number of actions brought against him – Mervyn Conn and Theatre Management Consultants in 1984 concerning BMG and Lisa Stansfield, and in February 1995 over a loan made to him by Harold Pendleton.

Seddons partner Harvey Ingram said: “It is a matter of record that a writ was issued, but we have now settled by amicable agreement.”

But Block said: “I think I have been one of Seddons' biggest clients for about eight years and I have owed them varying amounts of money during that time. But now they've drawn the line and thrown a writ at me. They've lost me as a client.”

Block said he would in future be instructing “two or three sole practitioners”, because they were “cheaper”.