Litigation Writs 13/3/00

A listed building at Wrexham, Clwyd, has become the centre of a High Court claim. Thomas Smith, who was given grants to repair historic Althrey Hall, is facing a claim for repayment after selling the property. Smith sold the building without telling the National Assembly for Wales which had paid him the grants. The assembly is now seeking the repayments and is suing Smith for £56,456, with interest of £5,358.75 and continuing interest of £12.37 a day. It is claimed that Smith received six grants totalling £250,704 on the condition that he would repay part of them if Althrey Hall was sold or leased within 10 years. He sold the property in October 1998.

Claim issued by the Treasury Solicitor, London, SW1

Jewson Property Holdings of London WC2 is suing Marine and General Mutual Life Assurance Society and Devon County Council, for a declaration that they have unreasonably withheld or delayed the licence for works proposed by Jewson. A declaration is also sought that the company is entitled to carry out the works without obtaining any licence from the defendants. In September last year Jewson sought permission from Marine and General to carry out work on land it leases. The work constitutes improvements under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927. Marine and General applied to the council for permission to carry out the work. Jewson claims that the work has been unreasonably delayed due to the actions of Marine and General and the council.

Claim issued by Carter Lemon, London, EC4

CGU International Insurance, formerly Commercial Union Assurance, is suing NatWest Bank for a declaration over the construction of a rent review clause relating to the CGU Tower, London, where CGU is the tenant of NatWest. The premises were altered in 1987 to create a podium floor immediately above the mezzanine floor, and the bank and CGU's predecessor executed a deed relating to the podium floor. The deed varied the lease by adding an additional rent of £34 per square foot for the lettable area of the podium. CGU says that the podium deed did not vary the definition of the rack rental market value of the premises so as to exclude the rack rental market value of the podium floor as a unit of accommodation when calculating the aggregate value of the units of accommodation for the purposes of a rent review. It says that the effect of the podium deed is to provide that 85 per cent of the rack rental market value of the podium shall be included in the aggregate of the values of the units of accommodation when determining the rack rental market value of the premises for the purposes of a rent review. CGU seeks a declaration to that effect, further relief, and costs.

Claim issued by Iliffes Booth Bennett, Uxbridge

George Leaupepe is suing Bristol Rugby for damages for wrongful dismissal and breach of contract arising out of his employment with the club. He hopes to recover more than £15,000.

Claim issued by Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners, London, EC