Manchester barrister sues ex-colleagues

A MANCHESTER-BASED barrister who was expelled from his chambers is now suing the head of chambers and other members, claiming they conspired to damage his business and reputation.

In a writ issued at the High Court in London by Pannone & Partners, Jonathan Capp, of Windermere in Cumbria, is suing fellow barristers John Bailey, Monica Stalker, Mark Lamberty and clerk Terence Mylchreest, all of 5 John Dalton Street, Manchester.

Capp claims that he entered a contract for a tenancy at the chambers in June 1992.

His writ alleges that in September 1993 he was intimidated by Bailey into handing in his resignation.

Now he is seeking damages for, among other things, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy to remove and expel from chambers, conspiracy to damage or destroy his reputation and career as a barrister, unlawful interference with his business and malicious falsehood.

Capp claims he is entitled to damages for loss of profits from June 1992, loss of his career as a barrister, wasted expenditure, loss of reputation, distress, inconvenience, vexation and injury to his feelings.

The chambers declines to comment on the writ.