Litigation Writs 06/08/96

A sacked head teacher who claims his former employers offered him £17,500 in an out-of-court settlement but then refused to pay is now suing for the money. Christopher Hampson, of Bury, Lancashire, has issued a High Court claim for the money and interest from David Vickery, chair of the governing body of St James' Church of England School in Bolton. The writ says Hampson was dismissed on 21 April last year, and on 12 July 1995 that year applied to an industrial tribunal alleging wrongful and unfair dismissal. His case was heard by a tribunal in Manchester between 5 and 8 February this year, when he and the school governors agreed a settlement under which it is alleged the governors were to pay him £17,500 and he would withdraw his action from the tribunal. The writ claims the governors have refused to pay.

Writ issued by Morton Pugh Welch, London EC2.

Wembley labourer Peter Nelson, 42, who was virtually blinded in one eye in a work accident, is suing his employer, Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering. The accident happened on 8 April 1993 when Nelson was working on an underpass on the North Circular road, London. An air line came away from a machine, hitting him in the face with enough force to break the bones at the back of the eye. The writ accuses the company of failing to provide a safe system of work, a face guard, proper guards for the eyes, or safety equipment.

Writ issued by Blatchfords, London WC1.

Newquay motorist Andrew Grayson faces a High Court damages claim over a 1993 crash in which one person died and three others were injured. Television engineer Peter Watts, 54, died when his car was involved in a crash with Grayson's vehicle. Watts' two daughters were also injured in the accident. Grayson was convicted by Pydar Magistrates in October last year of careless driving and fined £250.

Writ issued by Wilson Houlder and Co, Southall, Middlesex.

A widow whose carpenter husband was killed when scaffolding collapsed underneath him has launched a damages claim against Swift Structures, of Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Kathleen Goff, 43, of Enfield, Middlesex, whose husband Dennis, 43, died, in the accident, accuses the company of negligence and failure to provide safe working conditions.

Writ issued by Sebastians, London EC4.