Litigation Writs 16/01/96

A doctor convicted of offences relating to the supply of controlled drugs is being sued for unpaid bills by the solicitors who acted for him. Stephen Mitchell & Co, of London SE1, has issued a writ against Dr Ahmed Ismail, of London NW1, claiming counsel's fees of £5,951 and £7,050, with interest and costs. The writ says the Medical Protection Society undertook to pay the costs of the doctor's defence but only costs incurred by now demerged firm Le Brasseur & Monier-Williams. The writ says Dr Ismail told the MPS he no longer wished to use Le Brasseurs and asked for the costs of Stephen Mitchell & Co to be paid. Le Brasseurs stopped acting for Dr Ismail, but the writ says the MPS said it would only pay for Le Brasseurs' costs. Dr Ismail continued to instruct Stephen Mitchell & Co and on 10 July 1989 was found guilty on three counts of failing to maintain an appropriate register of a controlled class A drug and one of aiding and abetting the supply of a controlled class A drug.

Writ issued by Stephen Mitchell & Co.

Enfield solicitors Curwens have launched High Court action against Paul Ward, of Watford, for damages for allegedly stealing money. The writ accuses him of fraudulent misappropriation of money from the firm's office account and client accounts.

Writ issued by Curwens, Enfield. C2570.

The former principal chief officer of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Leicestershire, is being sued for repayment of over £41,000 by the council. The claim against Frank Shaw, of Hinckley, Leicestershire, is over a 38 per cent pay increase he is said to have received after agreeing to leave his job in a "sham" arrangement. The writ says solicitor Michael Coker, of Leamington Spa firm Field Overell, who advised on the deal, is also being sued in a separate action for damages for alleged breach of contract. It is claimed the extra money paid to Shaw was "ultra vires and void" and the council had no power to enter into the arrangements. The writ against Coker claims he was negligent for failing to advise the council over its powers to make the payments, failing to advise the deal was ultra vires and void or that there were doubts about the powers of the council, and failing to advise counsel's opinion should be sought.

Writs issued by Barnett Alex-ander Chart, London WC1.