Litigation Recent Decisions 22/04/97

A soldier, who was badly hurt three years ago in a tank accident, is suing the army. Jason West, of Bridgwater, Somerset, has issued a High Court writ claiming damages from the Ministry of Defence. His writ says he was injured at an army training ground in Saltare, Germany, in July 1993, and claims his injuries were caused by negligence on the part of the army. At the time of the accident West was receiving training in a tank when, during an exercise, the tank was deliberately driven by another soldier across a large hump, which caused the tank to become airborne, the writ says. It says that at the time of the accident West was standing on a loader's seat behind the driver, looking out of the front hatch and, when the tank hit the ground, the loader's seat collapsed and West was injured.

Writ issued by Harris Fowler, of Taunton

PLT, formerly the Property Lending Bank, of Haywards Heath, Sussex, is suing RLES Estate Agents, of London EC3, and Jonathan Quirk, of Tunbridge Wells, for damages, for their alleged mis-statements in August, November and December 1990, and January 1991 over a valuation of a property at 2 Vine Gardens, Sevenoaks, Kent.

Writ issued by Stewarts, London WC2

Lombard NatWest Factors, of Smith House, Elmwood Avenue, Feltham, Middlesex, is suing Hampshire County Council for £83,733.99, with interest of £2,445.82 and continuing interest of £18.35 a day. The writ claims the money was owed to Quality First Supply, which had assigned the alleged debt to the factoring company. It says Quality First supplied services to the council at its request and sent 207 invoices between May 7 and July 22 this year, which have not been paid.

Writ issued by Wilde and Partners, London WC1

Municipal Mutual Insurance is suing Marks & Spencer, for £228,769.58 and interest of £34,423.71 with continuing interest of £67.38 a day. The writ claims the money is owed as rent arrears due on the first floor of the Gemini Centre at New London Road, Chelmsford, which Marks & Spencer leased in September 1987. Marks & Spencer then assigned the lease, in October 1991, to Gepp and Sons, but it is alleged that in breach of the lease Gepp and Sons has failed to pay rent and service charges due.

Writ issued by Slaughter and May, London EC2