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Anne Marie Fergusson, of St John, Jersey, has launched High Court action against solicitor Andrew Collins, of Northamptonshire, a partner in London-based Walker Martineau seeking return of money she claims she loaned him under undue influence.
She claims that between 1988 and 1993 she relied upon the defendant for legal advice in relation to her business and private affairs.
However, the writ claims that notwithstanding her marriage in 1985 and the divorce and remarriage of the defendant in 1985, she and defendant were lovers.
She says that in 1991 he told her he was in financial difficulty because of financial obligations to his divorced wife and children, obligations as a Name at Lloyd's, and obligations as a partner in Walker Martineau and that he needed to raise u140,000.
She claims she eventually lent him a total of u529,479 of which u140,000 has been repaid. The writ alleges the loans were procured by the defendants' undue influence. It says that in breach of his duty as a solicitor he did not advise her to obtain independent financial advice.
She seeks repayment of all sums lent by her, interest and an injunction to restricting Collins in dealing with or disposing of his assets.
Writ issued by Lee & Pembertons, London SW1. F531
Camas Associated Asphalt is to sue Gordon Barge of Maidenhead for over u454,388. In their writ they claim Barge fraudulently misappropriated the money between October 1993 and 4 July 1994.
Writ issued by Collyer-Bristow, London WC1. C1763
Great Yarmouth hotelier Roy Cavanagh is being sued for more than u20,000 by brewers Whitbread. Whitbread has issued a writ claiming delivery up of goods, or their value of u24,322. The writ also claims damages for damage caused to or the loss of its trade inventory at the Links Hotel, in Marine Parade, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth. It alleges the inventory was lost while in Cavanagh's care and custody.
Writ issued by Druces & Attlee, London EC2. W851
Port Greenwich, a subsidiary of British Gas, has issued a claim in the High Court of Justice against Shanks and McEwan (Southern) and others for a sum in excess of u230,000 comprising arrears rent, security charges and interest.