Litigation Writs 20/02/96

An accident victim whose short-term memory has been reduced to less than one minute as a result of head injuries he suffered is suing the Post Office. Richard Frost, 23, suffered the injuries after he was hit by a concrete bus stop which had been hit by a Post Office van. He lost his job as a result of the accident and still suffers serious headaches and memory impairment, said to be post- concussion syndrome.

Writ issued by Jenkin Evans, Reading.

A father who claims he was wrongly accused of deliberately injuring his three-week-old son is suing for damages. Rashidat Green, of Rotherhithe, London SE16, has issued a High Court writ claiming damages from Guys Hospital Trust. He accuses Guys of negligent mis-statement in advising the London Borough of Southwark that his son had been non-accidentally injured.

Writ issued by Lahiff & Co, London SE18.

Barclays Bank is heading for a High Court confrontation with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner over a top of the range Mercedes car. The bank is suing the police, seeking an order that it hands over the car which the bank claims was bought with part of £400,000 stolen or dishonestly obtained from its Pall Mall branch.

Writ issued by Lovell White Durrant, London EC1.

A 37-year-old Plymouth widow whose seaman husband died in a horrific fire aboard HMS Broadsword is suing the Ministry of Defence for negligence. Jacqueline Cork's husband, Roy Ware, died on 8 July 1993 in the fire 110 miles east of Sicily. The writ says a fire broke out in the auxiliary machinery room and Ware and a colleague died as a result.

Writ issued by Howard and Over, Devonport. C2377

A Harlow man whose wife died from cancer is suing the health authorities he blames for her death. Martin Davis claims damages from: Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust; Mukeshkamar Rajami, of Lister House, Harlow; North Essex Health Authority; Essex Family Health Service Authority; and North Thames Regional Health Authority. The writ says Kim Davis died on 19 November 1992 as a result of negligence in the management, investigation, treatment, smear testing and analysis, diagnosis, advice, counselling, and treatment of her gynaecological health.

Writ issued by John R Bottrill, Barnet. D904

Timothy William Frost, 34, admitted 1990, practised as associate with Paisleys, Workington, Cumbria, suspended for one year and ordered to pay £916 costs. Allegation substantiated he misled a court in connection with the true position of a divorce petition. Tribunal said he had been guilty of "shabby and disgraceful" behaviour.

Kevin Gray, 40, admitted 1979, practised as partner with George Mills, Washington, Tyne & Wear, struck off and ordered to pay £944 costs. Allegations substantiated he dishonestly or improperly used client funds for own benefit, drew client money in breach of accounting rules, breached his duty of good faith to partners.

Paul Stewart St Andrew Malekin, admitted 1981, and Robert Ian Munro, admitted 1993, practising in partnership as Malekin & Munro, Cardiff, fined £3,000 and £500 respectively and ordered to pay £440 costs each. Allegations substantiated that Malekin failed or failed with reasonable expedition to discharge counsel's fees and to reply to correspondence from the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Allegation substantiated that Munro failed, or failed with reasonable expedition, to reply to correspondence from the Solicitors Complaints Bureau.

Barry Rhodes, 49, admitted 1972, practised as Watson Flint & Gunter, Chatham, Kent, struck off and ordered to pay £3,817 costs. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated and used client funds for own purposes, breached accountancy rules, retained money he knew or should have known he could not justify, failed to apply for remuneration certificate pursuant to client requests, failed to account for interest on funds handled, failed to apply for deposit interest certificate pursuant to client requests. Investigation accountant's report revealed client account shortfall of £256,260.

Graham Deighton Ford, solicitor's clerk employed at material times as cashier with Thurstan Hoskin, Redruth, Cornwall, banned from working for further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay £400 costs. Allegations substantiated he appeared before Camborne Magistrates in September 1992 and was fined £50 on each of two charges of theft and three of falsifying accounting documents. He pleaded guilty to the five offences.