It has been a bad week for…

Exeter solicitor Nigel Chubb and his firm Richards Chubb who are being sued for £1.5m in damages in the High Court. Chubb is accused of negligence in the handling of the purchase of a helicopter hangar, a coach house and a barn for their subsequent conversion into holiday flats. His ex-client, a property development company, claims it was not told that planning permission for conversion of the property was subject to a condition that it should remain in the same ownership as an adjoining vicarage.

Islington Borough Council, which is being sued by the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA). The NLA is seeking to restrain the council from copying newspaper cuttings without permission and claiming damages of £2,297.