Litigation Writs 11/01/99

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is suing Michael Clarke, of London SE6, in respect of a collapsed £2.2m property deal. The writ says Clarke agreed to buy property called Lake View at Farnborough, in Kent, with additional land, for £2.2m in December 1995, and instructed solicitors Streathers to act for him. It alleges that Mr Aitkenhead, a third party, advanced £150,000 to the firm by a telegraphic transfer into the firm's client account, in respect of a loan to be made to Clarke for the deposit on the property. In March 1996 solicitors for Clarke exchanged contracts on the property and £110,000 was sent to the vendor's solicitors and another £110,000 was sent directly to the vendor's account. However, the writ alleges that Clarke failed to complete the purchase, and the deposit became forfeit to the vendor. Clarke failed to repay the money. Aitkenhead's action against Streathers was settled with the firm paying him £75,000 and £12,000 interest. The SIF indemnified Streathers and is now suing Clarke for £75,000 with interest.

Writ issued by Ince & Co, EC

Lydia Carney, of Kent, is suing Ticehurst House Hospital, Libra Health and Dr Graham Sheppard, all of Ticehurst House Hospital for damages. Carney claims she suffered personal injuries due to the alleged negligence of the defendants while she was an in-patient and out-patient.

Writ issued by Taylor Willcocks, WC

Havering Sixth Form College and the Corporation of Havering Sixth Form College, both of Hornchurch, Essex, are being sued by a worker who claims she was injured while working at the college between 1991 and 1995. The writ accuses the college of breach of contract, negligence, trespass, and breach of statutory duty but does not specify the nature of the injuries said to have been suffered by Mrs Carole Hodgkins of Hatfield.

Writ issued by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, WC1

Reigate businessman Paul Allen is being sued for more than £900,000 by his bankers. NatWest Bank has issued a writ claiming £624,878.81 with interest of £261,097.73 from Allen and running of £218.45 per day. The writ says he gave a guarantee to the bank that he would pay – on demand – the liabilities of Paul Allen Farm Produce, but that he has failed to repay all the money allegedly owed.

Writ issued by Isadore Goldman, WC1