Litigation Writs 11/03/97

A consultant ophthalmologist from Stevenage, who claims he became the victim of an orchestrated campaign by Welwyn-based East Hertfordshire NHS Trust to discredit him, has launched a £400,000 plus High Court claim against the trust. Bachittar Singh Sandhu claims in his writ that he was suspended from his duties in October 1990, threatened with dismissal, and not fully re-established until 1995. During that time, he claims he lost private practice income of £221,497 and will lose another £219,000 while he re-establishes his practice. He accuses the trust of embarking on, and permitting another ophthalmologist to orchestrate, a campaign calculated to discredit him and his professional competence, and intended to prevent his return to work.

Writ issued by Taylor Joynson Garrett, London EC

J Sainsbury is being sued for £34,964.22 and interest of £7.64 a day over its alleged failure to pay service charges on the supermarket and first-floor offices it leases at the Charlton Shopping Centre in High Street, Dover. Shopping centre owner S Steventon & Co of Bromley, Kent, accuse the company of breach of the lease agreement.

Writ issued by Glovers, London W1

The Salvation Army is taking a Cambridge man to the High Court in a dispute over the estate of a Downham Market woman. Its writ accuses Paul Overton of interfering in the estate of the late Winifred Sheriff and removing items which are part of that estate. It seeks an account of any assets of the estate that are in the hands of Overton, and an injunction restraining him, his solicitors or employees, from entering or remaining on any part of the property in Bridge Street, Downham Market, Norfolk; from removing fixtures, fittings or other chattels; and from disposing of any of the late Winifred Sheriff's assets pending the Salvation Army's application for the appointment of the Salvation Army Trustee Company as administrator of her will.

Writ issued by Withers, London EC

UCB Bank is suing Halifax (SW), formerly Colley Sampson, trading as Hepper Robinson, of Leeds, for damages for breach of contract and duty of care over a valuation report in respect of property at Bicton Rural Industrial Park Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire.

Writ issued by Glovers, London W1