Litigation Writs 30/05/95

Burglar alarm manufacturers Chubb Alarms is being sued by robbery victim Michael Clarke-Jervoise who lost paintings and antiques worth more than £193,000 after thieves broke into his home in Basingstoke, Hampshire. In 1977, Clarke-Jervoise purchased Clevedge House, in North Warnborough, Basingstoke, and arranged for Chubb to install a burglar alarm which the company then serviced and maintained, according to his writ. But while he was away in February 1994 the house was burgled, and paintings, clocks, teaspoons and other items were stolen. His writ claims the alarm failed to work during the raid. His insurers have disclaimed liability because of failure of the system.

Writ issued by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, London EC3. C823.

Two Hampshire doctors are heading for the High Court in a dispute over their practice. Margaret Hall accuses her partner, Sean Watters, of being aggressive and verbally abusive and says she has felt intimidated by his behaviour. Now she is seeking to have the partnership dissolved. The writ says that since 1 October 1990 the two practised together and a partnership deed dated 5 March 1992 provided that the partnership should continue during their joint lives, that all matters relating to the management of the partnership affairs should be subject to their agreement. However, Dr Hall says there have been numerous disagreements between herself and Dr Watters over practice matters. She claims that in the end she decided it would be preferable to communicate with Dr Watters by means of written notes and memos.

Writ issued by Hempsons, London WC2.

A soldier left blinded and brain damaged after falling at Herne Bay, Kent, is suing Canterbury City Council. Stephen Moss, 26, of East Dulwich, London SE22, was injured when he fell after leaving an alcohol-free disco at Herne Bay on 31 May 1992. He fell over railings onto concrete nine-feet below and suffered concussion and a head injury causing brain damage and damage to his left optic nerve which will leave his left eye blind. He accuses the council of negligence on the basis the railings were only three feet high and did not provide protection against the the sheer drop. Moss also accuses the council of providing no warning signs and not providing adequate lighting.

Writ issued by Ellison & Co, Colchester. M829.

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