Litigation Writs 16/9/97

A legal fight over ownership of a £215,000 helicopter is heading for the High Court. Charles Cooper, of Wimborne, and Napier Martin, of Blandford, are being sued by Michael Phillips of West Moors. In a writ issued in the Queen's Bench Division, Phillips seeks an order that Cooper and Martin hand the Hughes 369 D helicopter, registration G – BPYL, over to him or alternatively hand over the £215,000 he claims it is worth. The writ gives no details of the circumstances in which Phillips claims the other two have gained possession of the helicopter and no date has yet been fixed for hearing of the action.

Writ issued by Wilsons, Salisbury.

Retailer Harvey Nichols is heading for a High Court confrontation with Thames Water Utilities over flood damage the store claims was caused by water escaping from a Thames Water pipe last winter. Harvey Nichols has issued a writ against the water company seeking damages and also seeking the cost of constructing a waterproof Caltite floor slab at its Knightsbridge store. It is also seeking damages for the cost of delay caused in respect of construction of retail space in the basement, loss of revenue, and loss of use of the premises.

Writ by Norton Rose, London EC3.

Nadine Fuller of Billericay, is suing the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and HW Matthews (contractors) for damages for personal injuries she suffered as a result of an accident on 1 March 1994 at Rainham Police Station in Essex, where the building company was carrying out refurbishment works.

Writ issued by Russell Jones & Walker, London WC1.

An ancient, 18th-century wall in the heart of London is to take centre stage at London's High Court when a row over development comes on for hearing. Prudential Assurance of Holborn, London EC1, is suing Waterloo Real Estates, claiming it shares ownership of the wall and that Waterloo is not entitled to demolish it to provide access for cars. In its writ, Waterloo says it owns half the thickness of the wall, which still contains sections of its original brickwork. Prudential claims that if Waterloo goes ahead with plans to develop the site in Knightsbridge, Waterloo will be trespassing on its half of the wall.

Writ issued by Lovell White Durrant, London EC1.