Litigation Writs 15/04/97

A former Oxford scientist accused of removing more than £41,000-worth of equipment from Oxford University is being sued for damages and return of the equipment. The Medical Research Council has issued a writ claiming damages from Kevan Martin, of Zurich, Switzerland. The council's writ claims Martin worked for it at Oxford in the department of anatomical neuropharmacology, under a 1985 contract until 31 October 1995, where he was carrying out research into the cerebral cortex. It says he and his group had access to the council's equipment, including a computer and microscope, but then negotiated a move to the University of Zurich. However, the council claims it was clear to Martin that he had no entitlement to remove the equipment, but that the equipment was removed. The council is seeking an order that Martin hands the equipment back and also pay damages in respect of its "wrongful detention".

Writ issued by Mishcon de Reya, London WC

Olympia Securities Commercial is suing Lloyds Bank for damages after agreeing to buy a property at auction only to discover it had no proper access. Olympia, of London NW1, seeks return of its £32,000 deposit, interest, and a declaration that the contract has been rescinded. The company successfully bid £320,000 for property at Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, at an auction on 23 October last year, according to the writ. But it says that vehicular access to the property was by a private road and Olympia relied on the sales catalogue and documents that stated the access was in constant daily use without problem, and that a right of way could be purchased if necessary. Now it alleges that the claims were false.

Writ issued by Lewis & Co, London NW4

The Stockport-based owners of High Legh Park Golf Club at High Legh, Knutsford, are being sued by a home counties landscaping company for more than £120,000. The High Court claim against the club has been launched by Brophy Landscape of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. It accuses the club of breach of contract in respect of a deal under which Brophy was engaged to build a 27-hole golf course on land at High Legh, Knutsford. The writ says that Brophy was to be paid £570,057.30, but that it is owed £120,000. Now Brophy is suing for this money along with interest.

Writ issued by Vizards, London WC1