Publisher fights for costs

Publisher David Elias is heading for a High Court confrontation with Paul Brookes Architects in a battle over a listed building in west London. Elias, represented by West End firm Jeffrey Green Russell, claims that work on an extension at the property in Neville Street, Kensington, was carried out in breach of the terms of listed building consent and had to be rectified after complaints from the local council. The claim says the drawings for the extension did not comply with a notice of listed building consent, and that the architects failed to check copies of that consent. Remedial work following complaints by Kensington and Chelsea Council cost u42,823 and Elias is now suing the architects for that sum and interest.