Litigation Writs 5/4/99

Druces and Attlee is being sued by London NW4-based Riverpath Properties in an action relating to a written agreement in which Riverpath agreed to buy leasehold property at 94 Maida Vale, London W9 from the owner, Barbara Brammall. Riverpath seeks a declaration that the company is not entitled to assert a lien over documents relating to the circumstances surrounding the creation of a legal charge. It is also seeking delivery up of all documents relating to this, plus damages and interest. The vendor of the property was ordered by Mr Justice Rattee to provide the documents to Riverpath last October, and in February Mr Justice Parker directed Brammall to provide the solicitors with an irrevocable written undertaking authorising them to release the documents. However, the writ claims that, despite these orders, Druces and Attlee has refused to hand the documents over.

Writ issued by Stockler Charity, London EC4.

McNicholas plc of London NW9 is suing AEI Cables, of Gravesend, Kent, for u725,607 plus VAT and interest in respect of the cost of cable-laying works in Willesden.

Writ issued by Shadbolt and Co, Reigate.

SJM Mechanical and Electrical Services of Bitterne Park, Southampton, is suing Operations Resources and Hills Electrical, both of Green Lane, Walsall, for u237,187.84 in respect of the supply and installation of an air-conditioning system for Hewlett-Packard's Southern Data Centre in Bracknell. Alternatively, SJM is seeking damages for alleged breach of contract. Hills Electrical is sued as guarantor.

Writ issued by Shoosmiths & Harrison, Fareham.

Valley and Vale Properties of Salford is suing Timothy Bartlett for himself and other underwriters at Lloyds for damages and a declaration that Valley and Vale is entitled to be indemnified in respect of fire damage to premises in Salford, on 6 December 1997. The company also seeks payment of u1,454,053 and interest.

Writ issued by Kennedys, London EC1.

British Gas Trading is suing Mobil Gas Marketing (UK) over the amount of gas it is obliged to buy. British Gas will ask the court for declarations that it is not obliged to take and pay for the entire contract quantity of 4,162,150,779KWh over three years. It also seeks a declaration that it is not obliged to take and pay for a pre-rated amount of the entire contract quantity in any one week, month or year, and that it has the right under the agreement to take any amount of gas up to 4,162,150,779KWh over three years, though is not obliged to do so. The agreement relates to the supply of gas from the Camelot gas field.

Writ issued by Ashurst Morris Crisp, London EC2.