Litigation Writs 09/05/95

An East Sussex jeweller who designed and made a £160,000 golden gun encrusted with diamonds is being sued by a company which invested money in the gun. Goldsmith Edward Evans made the unique Colt .45 pistol with gold and diamond fittings, and sold a one third share in it to jewellery consultants Grant Walker for £20,000 in October 1992, according to a writ just issued against him. The writ says the company agreed to take the pistol to Oman to sell it, but it was impounded by Customs officials, although subsequently

recovered. North London-based Grant Walker claims that Evans sold the pistol but only paid it £12,500; Grant Walker values it at £160,000. Now the company is suing over alleged failure to pay it a proper share of profits.

Writ issued by Bolt Burdon, London N1. G429.

A row between two rival egg producers is heading for the High Court. East Sussex egg producers John and Carol Jewett are suing rival egg producer Martin Pitt of Wiltshire for damages after losing some of their sales contracts. The Jewetts, of Robertsbridge, East Sussex, claim they had an exclusive contract to supply free range eggs to Selfridges Food Hall and also supplied 10 branches of Pizza Express. However, they accuse Pitt of deliberately disparaging their business, and claim that as a result they have lost the exclusive contract with Selfridges and the custom of six of the 10 Pizza Express branches. They are suing for damages claiming that they have lost profits of £9,828 a year as a result of his

actions.

Writ issued by Cooper Carter Claremont, Eastbourne. CH1493.

A man who bought two second-hand Ferraris is suing for compensation. Mark Hulme of Hamble, Hampshire, says he paid £17,400 for an A reg Ferrari Mondial QV car on 12 January this year. However, he claims the car was defective and of unmerchantable quality, and that he returned it to dealer Bryan Patterson. Hulme says Patterson exchanged it for a B registration Ferrari Mondial QV Cabriolet which he then discovered had earlier been written off in a fire and was unsafe. Now he is suing Patterson, of Eastgate Square, Pickering, North Yorkshire, who trades as Pickering Motors, for the return of his money along with interest.

Writ issued by Eversheds Jaques & Lewis, London EC4. H356.