Litigation Writs 26/11/96

The parents of a girl who was asked to leave her boarding school are suing the school for a term's fees. David and Georgina Dawkins, of Maidstone, Kent, have issued a writ claiming £3,650 from St Michael's School Limpsfield, of Limpsfield, Surrey, with interest of £51.20 and continuing interest of 80p a day. The writ claims the school agreed to accept their daughter Carley as a boarding pupil at a fee of £1,950 a term in February 1991 and that a condition of the agreement was that if termination was given, a full term's notice in writing was required.

However, it says that on May 3 this year the chairman of the school's board of governors wrote to Mrs Dawkins terminating the agreement at the end of the summer term and that this was in breach of the conditions as it did not give one full term's notice of termination.

Writ issued by Philip Holliday, Swanley, Kent

A man who claims he was assaulted by prisoners at HMP The Mount is suing the Home Office.

David Marsh, of Barnet, Hertfordshire claims he suffered personal injuries after being assaulted by prisoners at the jail at Bovington, Hemel Hempstead, on 16 March 1994, and blames what happened on alleged negligence on the part of the Home Office.

Writ issued by Bolt Burdon, London N

Former managing director Andrew Smith of Welwyn, Hertfordshire, who is alleged to have defrauded his employers of more than £160,000, is being sued for damages. V Benoist, of London NW10, has issued a writ against Smith, who was sacked in April this year, accusing him of misappropriating £163,231.90 from the company. Smith started working for the company in 1982.

Writ issued by Macfarlanes, London EC

Planet 24 and Planet 24 Productions Ltd have launched High Court action against Sebastian Scott and Hat Trick Productions of London W1, claiming damages for wrongful interference with the contractual relationship existing between Planet 24 and Scott under a 1993 employment contract. They are also claiming damages for breach of confidence and for wrongful use of confidential information imparted to Hat Trick by Scott, as well as wrongful interference with fiduciary duties owed by Scott to Planet 24.

Writ issued by Schilling and Lom, London W1