Litigation Writs 28/6/99

Elizabeth Mason of Blackpool, whose husband Peter was cleared of drug trafficking offences, has launched a High Court action against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for damages in respect of assets seized from her home. In her claim, Mason is also suing a receiver for damages for losses she blames on his allegedly negligent management of Masons Restaurant, Blackpool. The claim says Peter Mason was unsuccessfully prosecuted for drug trafficking offences. But it claims that some items seized by the CPS in the run-up to the prosecution were Mrs Mason's and others were owned jointly with her husband. It alleges various business assets were also taken. Mrs Mason claims there has been serious default by those concerned in investigating and prosecuting her husband, and that as a result she has suffered losses for which she seeks compensation. She is also suing the CPS for compensation under section 19 of the Drug Trafficking Offences Act 1986. In addition to damages she also seeks return of property said to have been seized from her home in February 1991.

Claim issued by Halliwell Landau, Manchester.

Theatre impresario Bill Kenwright's company is taking High Court action against Panoramic International Enterprise, which is based in the British Virgin Islands. The claim issued under the provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 against Panoramic seeks u41,672 as statutory compensation. It is alleged the money was due to be paid to Kenwright's company on 15 April this year.

Claim issued by Bates Wells & Braithwaite, London EC2.

Littlewoods Organisations of Liverpool is seeking damages from William Cowlin & Son of Bishopsworth, Bristol, for alleged breach of contract, negligence, negligent misrepresentation and breach of duty in respect of work carried out at Littlewoods' premises at 4-5 Guildhall Square, Carmarthen. The writ alleges that during the work, in November 1993, William Cowlin & Son caused damage to adjoining property owned by Save and Prosper (Pensions), which sued Littlewoods and was awarded u37,500 with costs of u41,941.

Claim issued by Berrymans Lace Mawer, London EC1.

Wayne Rogers and Kerry Nolan have launched a High Court action through their grandmother over the death of their mother, Sharon Rogers, in April 1996. They are suing the Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust of Thornton Heath, Surrey, for damages, claiming that their mother's death was the result of negligent investigation, management, and treatment at the Mayday University Hospital, Thornton Heath.

Claim issued by Sheridan & Co, Kingston upon Thames.

DJ and JM Adams of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, are suing St Albans City and District Council for damages in respect of tree root damage to property owned by them at 55 Burleigh Road, St Albans. They claim council-owned trees have been allowed to encroach on to their property.

Claim issued by Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave, Leeds.