Litigation Writs 18/1/99

DTZ Debenham Thorpe is being sued for damages of more than u200,000 in a dispute over a property valuation. Culver Holdings is seeking damages of u208,889.34 in respect of a valuation of property in Cardiff. The dispute centres around a deal under which DTZ was called in to analyse leases, assess lease arrangements and inspect properties after Culver, which ran financial services and motor distribution businesses in South Wales, decided to demerge its businesses into one Wyndham Motor Group and needed its assets independently valued. The writ claims that DTZ was negligent and in breach of its obligations in giving its advice.

Writ issued by Theodore Goddard, London EC1

Alfred McAlpine International faces a High Court claim for more than u2.5m and damages allegedly owed in commission. It is being sued by Air Vice-Marshall Mouktar Mohammed, who claims that McAlpines agreed to pay him half of any capital he managed to collect from a u9m debt in Nigeria. His writ claims that the company paid him u2,944,657 with u2,551,299 still outstanding. The debt at the centre of the case arose out of various building projects carried out by McAlpines for the Plateau State Government of Nigeria in the 1980s.

Writ issued by Piper Smith & Basham, London SW

Edgware-based Gondola Property Co has launched a High Court action against Grahame Pipe and a group of underwriters, claiming they have wrongfully attempted to repudiate liability in respect of the Sands Leisure Centre at Seagate in Hunstanton, Norfolk, which was seriously damaged by fire on 4 March 1998.

Writ issued by Edwin Coe, London WC2

Repair work to London's Iranian Embassy following the 1981 siege, which ended when the Embassy was stormed by SAS men, is at the centre of a pending High Court battle. The Islamic Republic of Iran is being sued by Guildford based architects Norman Dawbarn, which was structural engineer for the repair project, for payment of its fees. The repair work on the building at 16 Princes Gate, London SW7, was completed in 1993. The total cost ran to u4.6m, but Norman Dawbarn says that the bulk of its fees of u246,421 are still outstanding. It says it has only been paid u41,815 leaving a shortfall of u155,649.

Writ issued by Charles Russell, Guildford