Developer threatens DWS over land deal

Property developer Crest Nicholson is suing Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) over a property deal that has ended up in the High Court.

The firm could be dragged into a battle between Crest joint venture partner Bovis Homes and the company it sold land to in 2000, Bookham Technologies.

DWS dispute resolution partner John Rosenheim described the claim as “a storm in a teacup”.

Bovis sold land to Bookham that was covered by a restrictive covenant unknown to Bookham at the time of sale. The claim for breach of contract and negligence was filed last year (27 November 2006) as a result of the covenant.

Rosenheim said: “We didn’t advise on the sale of land in Swindon. But because we’re Crest’s advisers, Crest wanted to issue its own claim as a precautionary measure.”

“We’re three times removed from the original claim and it’s very unlikely anything will come of it. Currently proceedings are at a stay and we’re not concerned about it.”

Davies Arnold Cooper partner Guy Knight is advising Crest, while Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is representing Bookham.