Writs

MP Tom Pendry is suing the publishers of The Spectator for libel damages over an article, published last August, headed "The Lambeth of the North". In addition to damages he also seeks an injunction preventing further publication of the words of which he complains.

Writ issued by Davenport Lyons, London W1. P234

Conductor and orchestra director Christopher Hogwood is being sued for more than £160,000 by his agent Harrison Parrott. The agent's writ claims that in 1981 Hogwood appointed it as his sole worldwide manager and agent, and agreed to pay commission of 15 per cent on all sums paid to him on engagements it negotiated. However, it alleges that in breach of the agreement Hogwood, of Cambridge, has failed to pay commission on royalties paid by Decca Record Co and owes £37,187 commission for the years 1991, 1992 and 1993.

Writ issued by Sheridans, London WC1.

A Bristol woman whose baby was born prematurely at home is suing her GP for damages over injuries she claims she and her son suffered during the birth. Lewis Bush and his mother Helen have issued a writ claiming damages from their GP Dr DS Chesney, of Bristol. The writ claims Lewis suffered intra-partum asphyxia and that his mother suffered injuries because of the premature breech childbirth at home and having to undergo an episiotomy procedure without anaesthetic.

Writ issued by Humphreys & Co, Bristol. B27

A woman who gave birth to a baby after her boyfriend had a vasectomy is suing the doctor who carried out the operation. Helen Cannon, 32, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, has issued a writ claiming damages from GP Dr Michael Duggan, also of Stevenage. The writ says she and her long-term boyfriend, Peter Townsend, visited Duggan in November 1990 and on 8 December 1990 he performed the operation on Townsend. Townsend visited the doctor for tests on his semen and some time after the couple stopped using any form of contraception. However, in January 1993 Cannon discovered she was pregnant and on 20 August 1993 gave birth to a daughter, Ivana. The writ accuses Duggan of acting unskillfully and negligently in advising, counselling and treating the couple in relation to the vasectomy.

Writ issued by Hawkins Russell Jones, Welwyn Garden City.