Litigation Claims 7/6/99

A Romford couple whose home was badly damaged when their dishwasher caught fire are suing for compensation. David and Caroline Lawrence are suing Whirlpool (UK) over the fire at their home at Eddy Close, Romford. Their claim says the dishwasher burst into flames on 17 July 1993 and that the fire spread throughout their house. The couple had to move out during repairs and the total cost of repairs, professional fees and damage amounted to u61,040.90. They are suing Whirlpool for damages for alleged negligence. They say that prior to the incident they had complained about the machine overheating and company employees had visited their home to check it. The claim says that on 16 July 1993 an employee worked on wiring at the bottom of the machine, but later that day when Mr Lawrence loaded the machine, it caught alight.

Claim issued by Lawrence Graham, EC

Staffordshire-based Mortgage Agency Services Number Two has launched a High Court action in London against solicitors Lewis Silkin. The company is seeking damages for alleged breach of contract, trust and fiduciary duty. Mortgage Agency also claims Lewis Silkin was negligent in respect of alleged failure to exercise all reasonable care, skill and diligence and competence in investigating title and preparing reports on title on property in London W6, to enable it to consider whether it was suitable security for a proposed loan. As a result of the survey, it advanced money, but now claims it has suffered loss and damage following the advance.

Claim issued by Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn HRK

Widow Judith Bath, of Addlestone, Surrey, is suing her late husband's former employers, claiming they were to blame for his death. Richard Bath died in an accident on 22 April 1996 at Rodwell Farm Nurseries, Addlestone, Surrey, where he worked. Now Mrs Bath is suing the owners of the nursery Van Den Broek Nurseries, of Chedworth, Gloucestershire, for damages. The claim is brought under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) 1934 and the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.

Claim issued by Burley & Geach, Haslemere, Surrey

A claim by Tracy Farrell of Roehampton against Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Health Authority, London SW15, for damages for personal injuries, is being transferred from a county court to the High Court because of the complexity of the legal issues and facts involved. She is suing for loss and damage caused by the defendant's alleged negligence when she was a patient at Queen Mary's Hospital from 20 May 1990.

Claim issued by Rubinstein Callingham Polden & Gale, London WC1