Basildon man Martyn Smith who was badly hurt in a car accident is suing Helen Girling, of Ingatestone, Essex, the driver of the other vehicle in the December 1992 crash, for compensation. Smith, 25 at the time of the crash, suffered a serious lower back injury and a whiplash injury, for which prognosis is guarded but very poor.

Writ issued by E Edwards Son & Noice, London E6 S206

A widower who claims his wife died as a result of medical negligence is suing Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority. Michael Scarratt and his children, Amy and Luke, of Hayling Island, Hampshire, is claiming damages for the loss of his wife, Anne, and blames her death on alleged negligence by the health authority at St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth, between 26 and 29 November 1992.

Writ issued by Simpson Millar, London Bridge, London SE1. S212

The Securities and Futures Authority has launched a £250,000 High Court claim against one of its former members for failure to pay fines imposed by the disciplinary tribunal which also revoked his membership. The writ issued by the SFA says a tribunal ruled in September 1993 that Anthony O'Sullivan, whose address is given as the Algarve, Portugal, was no longer fit to be a member of the association and that in addition to terminating his membership it fined him £200,000 with costs of £15,000. An appeal by O'Sullivan was later dismissed and he was ordered to pay a further £19,491 costs. The SFA seeks an order for payment of the fine and costs, along with interest of £32,206 and continuing interest of £51 a day.

Writ issued by S Dunnett, London SE1.

A German doctor who paid £60,000 for an Aston Martin DB5 is suing to get his money back after the car had over 60 faults. Dr Clemens Von Kempski, of Dusseldorf, is claiming damages from classic car restorer Neil Smith, of Bury St Edmunds. The writ says he agreed to buy the car for £60,000 from Smith and paid £30,000 in cash and part exchanged an Aston Martin DB 2/4. Von Kempski claims that the condition of the car was not concours A1, work on it had not been adequately completed, and the vehicle was of unmerchantable quality and unfit for its purpose.

Writ issued by Chatrath Arya, London W1.