Litigation Writs 03/06/97

Two sets of neighbours from Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, are heading for a High Court confrontation in a battle over an extension one of them plans to build. Matthew Hughes and Valerie Feuell are seeking court orders to prevent neighbours Rachel Locke and Toby Campbell-Gray from interfering with their plans and allegedly trespassing on their property. Hughes and Feuell are also suing the former owner of the property, Andrew Sargeant, and seeking damages from him for alleged breach of contract and warranty, misrepresentation, negligent misstatement and negligence. They are also seeking damages from Bishops Stortford solicitors Nockolds, whom they accuse of being in breach of a duty to give them proper advice in respect of the actual effect of the planning permission with which the property was sold.

Writ issued by Ross Williams, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

The trustees of a children's charity are being sued by the Attorney General for compensation over the charity's losses. A writ has been issued by the Attorney General against Jane Somerville, of London W1; James Taylor, of Bromley, Kent; and Fergus McCartney, of Amsterdam University, Holland. The writ alleges breaches of trust over the World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology, and seeking to appoint new trustees. It also seeks an inquiry into the amount of legal costs incurred by the three since March 1990 over the loss suffered by the charity as a result of buying shares or bonds in Rhinebeck SA, and in respect of which costs the three have reimbursed themselves out of the assets of the charity.

Writ issued by the Treasury Solicitor.

A roofer who went bankrupt after his personality changed following a fall at work is suing his former solicitors for damages of more than £660,000. Derek Currell claims in his writ that he instructed Pattinson and Brewer to claim compensation for him after scaffolding on which he was working became detached from a building and he fell. But the writ says his claim was struck out because the firm failed to comply with automatic provisions and failed to calculate properly when to request a hearing date. Currell, who suffered multiple injuries in the accident, claims that his compensation claim had good prospects, and that on a balance of probabilities his claim would have succeeded in full.

Writ issued by Ronald Prior & Co, London E17.