Claims

A Marlow man who claims he was injured by the police in an incident on a garage forecourt is suing for damages. Ian Williams claims he suffered personal injuries on 26 April 1996 at the Esso garage forecourt on the A404 Haslemere crossroads in High Wycombe, Bucks. He claims his injuries were caused by police negligence and breach of statutory duty and has issued compensation proceedings against the chief constable of Thames Valley Police and the Thames Valley Police Authority. The claim does not specify the nature of the incident at the centre of the claim.

Claim issued by Russell Jones & Walker, London WC1

A carpenter whose claim for damages was struck out is now suing his solicitor for compensation. Ferdinand Soares suffered back injuries when a door frame fell on him as he worked in a house in London SE15, in September 1988. He claims that he retained solicitor Jennifer Stanbury to act for him in an action against the London Borough for which he was working at the time of the accident. However, he claims that in breach of retainer and duty, she lost documents relating to the dispute, failed to obtain a medical report until November 1993 and failed to prosecute the action adequately. On 1 November 1993, Deputy Master Hutt set a deadline of 27 December 1993 for papers to be filed in the case and ruled that if the papers were not forthcoming the claim should be automatically dismissed. It is alleged that although Stanbury obtained a medical report in November 1993, she failed to serve it on the Borough until 20 July 1994 and failed to serve a schedule of special damages until 23 September 1994. As a result, the claim was automatically dismissed on 27 December. Soares, of London SW9, claims he has not worked since the day after the accident and has lost any damages he would have recovered in his original claim.

Claim issued by Burtons, London SW11

Sally Rose, of London N4, is taking landlord Christopher Stavrou, of London N20, to the High Court over his alleged refusal to grant consent for use of leased premises at 139 Upper Street, London N1, as a restaurant. She claims the refusal is wholly unreasonable. Stavrou's agent, Perthcourt, is said to have consented to the change of use and Rose says that since 1994 she has spent a considerable sum of money converting the property to a restaurant, and has in fact used it as a restaurant since then with Stavrou's full knowledge and without objections from him. She seeks a declaration that Perthcourt has granted consent and that refusal by Stavrou is unreasonable and in breach of statutory duty.

Claim issued by Rowe & Maw, London EC4

St Mary's NHS Trust of Paddington, London, and Dr Samuel Woko of London NW10, are being sued by the widower of a woman who died in 1996. Charles Kumi claims that the death of his wife Joanna on 26 December 1996 was the result of negligence in diagnosis and treatment. He is now seeking damages in a claim brought under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934 and the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.

Claim issued by Douglas-Mann & Co, London EC4