Litigation Writs 30/04/96

Dr Haten Yassine, who was sacked from his job at Brunel University, Uxbridge, has launched an action in the High Court over his dismissal. Yassine has issued a writ against the university seeking damages and demanding a declaration that his purported dismissal on 21 July 1994 was ultra vires and void.

Writ was issued by Irwin Mitchell, London NW3. Y1

A brother and sister are suing their late father's live-in companion for damages over savings they claim she took from his bank account. Jack Cooper died aged 86 on Boxing Day last year, but his children Kenneth Cooper and Sylvia Mooers, who live abroad, say they were not told of his death for 17 days. They claim his companion, Dorothy Dale, withdrew all their father's savings of £59,300 from the Halifax Building Society the day before his funeral in January this year.

Writ issued by Heald Nickinson, Camberley, Surrey.

A video maker who claims his video was subjected to derogatory treatment on Jeremy Beadle's programme You've been framed has launched a High Court damages claim against Granada TV. Richard Jewell, of London SW1, has issued a writ at

London's High Court claiming damages for libel and breach of his copyright in a film called Carnival do Brasil 93.

Writ issued by Mishcon de Reya, London WC1.

A Bath pilot whose plane crashed is suing two insurance companies which have refused to meet his claims in respect of the death of his passenger and damage to the plane. Richard Boswell has issued a High Court writ against Colonia Insurance Co (UK) and Baltica Insurance Co (UK) which insured his co-owned Stolpe Starduster aircraft against accidental damage and injury to passengers. Shortly after take-off on 3 October 1993 the plane went into an uncontrolled spin with Boswell at the controls and crashed, killing passenger Hugh Elder and destroying the aircraft. Now Boswell seeks a declaration that the insurers are liable to pay him the value of the aircraft, up to £25,000, and that they are liable to indemnify him against any sums up to a limit of £500,0000 which he may become liable to pay as damages over the death of Elder. He is also seeking damages for breach of contract, and interest.

Writ issued by Thrings & Long, Bath.

John Kenneth Bowen, 46, admitted 1974, practised as Bowens, Christchurch, struck off and ordered to pay £9,363 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to pay counsel's fees when they fell due, breached professional undertaking, failed to reply to correspondence from other solicitors and Solicitors Complaints Bureau, failed to deliver accountants report on time, and was guilty of over-charging.

Gerald Alfred Graham Tufts and Theresa Mary Cumbers, clerks with Stanger Krol & Co, North Walsham, Norfolk, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent of Law Society and ordered to pay £400 each costs. Allegations substantiated they had carried on discrete investment business from the firm's premises other than those of the firm and that as a result breaches had occurred of Solicitors Investment Business Rules and Securities and Investment Board Principle 9.

Colin Calladine, clerk with Charlton Hubbard & Annis, Worthing, at material time, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent of Law Society and ordered to pay £901 costs. Allegations substantiated he was given a suspended six-month jail sentence in March 1993 after pleading guilty at Chi-chester Crown Court to furnishing false information in breach of the 1968 Theft Act. Tribunal told the offence concerned payment of £13,100 from a trust for which Charlton Hubbard & Annis acted.

Derek James Broad, 44, admitted 1977, practised in partnership with Browning & Co, Redditch, struck off and ordered to pay £3,875 costs.

Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client funds for purposes of other clients, failed to honour terms of professional undertaking, wrongly transferred money from client ledger accounts. Disciplinary tribunal said Broad's behaviour "displayed an unacceptable degree of dishonesty".

Malcolm Eustace, conveyancing clerk with Rigbeys, Birmingham, at material time, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent of Law Society and ordered to pay £1,120 costs. Allegations substantiated he had been jailed for two years for theft after admitting offences involving dishonest handling of client money.

Tribunal made it clear there was no criticism of the firm's partners.

Madhusudan Nanubhai Trivedi, 57, admitted 1982, practised as Madhu Trivedi & Co, London NW10, fined £250 and ordered to pay £627 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to keep properly written accounts of books.