Litigation Writs 5/7/99

Model Marjan Debevere is suing hairdressing chain Toni & Guy in the High Court for more than #50,000. She accuses the hairdressers of using her photograph in advertisements without her permission. Debevere says in her claim that she modelled for the company between December 1993 and January 1995 but that she only agreed to her picture being used editorially in magazines and not commercially. She alleges that Dorking-based Marcolo, which owns Toni & Guy, breached her contracts by using the photographs and a video in its yearbooks, on bags sold in Japan and for advertising. Pictures of her are also said to have appeared on T-shirts, on diplomas awarded to students of the company's training academies and on leaflets. She claims she was paid fees ranging from #35 an hour to #250 a day for the photo sessions and that the company was well aware that the photographs and video were intended for editorial use only, which attracts the lowest fee. Her claim says that the pictures used on the nylon bags sold in Japan alone should have earned her a fee of #3,000. In addition to seeking damages she is also seeking a court order banning the company from further alleged breaches.

Claim issued by Jens Hill & Co, London EC1.

A negligence claim has been issued against Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust. The claim is on behalf of Keysha Brade who sues through her mother, Una Fortune, and who claims she suffered injury after negligent treatment at the hospital on 29 May 1995. The claim does not specify the nature of the injury or the treatment involved.

Claim issued by Bindman & Partners, London WC1.

Mount Eden Land is suing London solicitors Trowers & Hamlins for an order that the bills of costs delivered to it on 2 December 1998 and 31 January 1999 be referred to the assessment officer for a detailed assessment limited to the profit costs covered by the bill, so that the assessment officer may certify what is due. Mount Eden is also seeking an order to stop the firm from starting any action on the bill of costs pending the reference. Additionally, it wants an order that Trowers & Hamlins must deliver up all deeds, books and papers belonging to Mount Eden on payment on the outcome of the action.

Claim issued by Speechly Bircham, London EC4.

High Court action has been launched by Britannia Building Society against Simon Ward and Simon Ward Chartered Surveyor, of Scarborough. The claim seeks damages for alleged negligence, negligent misrepresentations and breach of contract in connection with the valuation in April 1993 of property at Driffield, North Humberside, on which the society loaned money.

Claim issued by Eversheds, Cardiff.