Litigation Writs 13/1/98

Architect Peter Verity is suing his employers for close to £200,000 in allegedly unpaid salary. Verity, of London SW5, has issued a writ claiming £195,400 from Robert Nation and Karl Fender, who trade as Nation Fender Architects. Verity is also seeking interest of £17,257 and continuing interest of £39.67 a day, as well as damages for breach of contract. The writ says he was taken on in June 1993 to work in London, Malaysia and elsewhere, and in June 1994 his salary was agreed at £7,000 a month, plus expenses. But it claims that in breach of contract his salary was reduced to £5,000 a month in November 1994, and Nation and Fender told him the balance of £2,000 a month would be paid when their finances allowed. It says that in April 1995 the two stopped paying his salary although he continued working for them. Since then they are said to have paid him various amounts, but to still owe him a total of £195,400.

Writ issued by Kosky Seal & Co, Harrow.

The Secretary of State for Transport is suing Leeds City Council of Civic Hall, Leeds, to recover money said to be due under a written agreement under section 278 of the Highways Act 1980 under which the Department of Transport agreed to carry out roadworks on the A63 and at Barrowby Road in Colton, Leeds.

Writ issued by the Treasury Solicitor.

The collapse of part of a Hull pub during renovation work which led to surrounding streets being closed for more than a month, is to be focus of a High Court case. Pub and restaurant developer Tom Cobleigh has launched a damages claim for more than £350,000 against Wakefield-based structural engineer Tim Stower & Partners, after a wall at the Fair Maid public house in Baynard Avenue, Hull, collapsed. Tom Cobleigh's writ claims that half an hour after a brickwork panel between two brick piers was removed on 30 September last year, two piers and a substantial part of the back of the pub fell down. Roads in the area had to be closed for more than a month and the pub did not reopen until March last year as opposed to the intended reopening date of last Christmas. Tom Cobleigh is being sued by a local resident and a workman said to have been hurt in the accident and they in turn are now suing the engineer which they accuse of negligence.

Writ issued by Macfarlanes, London EC4.