Litigation Writs 20/3/00

HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah, brother of the world's richest man the Sultan of Brunei, is being sued for more than £30m he allegedly owes for a marina. Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company claims it agreed to design and build a marina at Jerudong in Begara, Brunei, for the Prince, who owns a boat with two launches. But the claim alleges that the prince was late in making 18 payments for the work, and has failed to pay seven invoices. Now Hyundai is suing the prince for damages for breach of contract of £31,167,247.92.

Claim issued by Corbett & Co, Teddington.

Mainline Restaurants and Mainline Corporation of London NW1 are suing Harry Gorman of Sheffield for damages of £333,493.27 in a dispute over a willow tree. Mainline claims that its restaurant has been damaged by a large willow tree growing on a neighbouring property owned by Gorman on Arlington Road, London NW1. The tree's roots are said to have undermined the foundations of Mainline's premises and as a result floors have been pulled away from the party wall, and substantial horizontal cracks have appeared. The cost of repairs, investigations, and demolition, and rebuilding of the property and loss of income for 13 months during repairs is put at £288,145.39.

Claim issued by Mainline

A nurse who hurt her back lifting a heavy patient is suing the Royal College of Nursing for damages after losing her claim for compensation. Diane Gosling, 40, lost all chance of recovering damages after her case was dismissed for want of prosecution after inexcusable delays, according to her claim. Now Gosling, of Hersham, Surrey, is suing the Royal College of Nursing for damages of more than £50,000. She injured her back at the Princess Alice Hospice in February 1990 when she and a nursing auxiliary were lifting a terminally ill patient from his wheelchair to a bed. Gosling, who is a state enrolled nurse, sued her employers for damages for negligence, claiming that they failed to provide a safe system of work, and used dangerous lifts to move patients instead of providing equipment and following health service guidelines. She says the Royal College of Nursing agreed to act for her in the action, and in January 1993 proceedings were issued. However, her claim was dismissed for want of prosecution in October 1997. She now accuses the college of breaching its duty to her and negligence for causing inordinate and inexcusable delays which resulted in the action being dismissed. She claims that if her case had reached trial, she would have been awarded damages for pain, suffering and disability, damages for handicap on the open labour market, and damages for future losses and expenses.

Claim issued by Russell Jones & Walker, London WC1.

National Car Parks is suing LR Developments of London EC2 for an order for the grant of a new tenancy under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 of the multistorey car park forming part of Bell Court Shopping Centre in Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire.

Claim issued by Hamlin Slowe, London W1.