Litigation Writs 19/5/98

Tim Keightley, a Kent-based professional golfer, has issued a High Court writ in London seeking damages from the Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) for, among other things, breach of contract and negligence from Brian White, chairman of the PGA, Peter Hanna and Gerry Egan, all of the PGA's national headquarters in Sutton Coldfield. The writ says White, Hanna and Egan were members of a disciplinary committee which heard complaints against Keightley in Dublin on 16 October 1996. However, it alleges that the meeting was conducted in breach of contract and duty of care, negligently, and in breach of the rules of natural justice. It claims there was failure to provide for an impartial committee and failure, prior to the hearing, to give notice of the complaint in sufficient time and detail, failure to allow Keightley the opportunity of cross-examining in respect of the accusations made against him. The writ also claims his legal representative was not allowed to address the committee and that the committee showed bias by expelling him, rather than opting for a period of suspension such as was imposed on the recipient of another complaint said to have been made in comparable circumstances.

Writ issued by Berry & Berry, Tonbridge, Kent

A Taunton woman is being sued for a contribution towards settlements of almost £300,000 paid to the families of those who died in an accident. Pauline Stone faces two High Court claims for contributions towards £199,000 paid to the estate and dependents of Brian Irwin, and £97,000 paid to the estate and dependents of Steven Evans. The writs seek contributions under the Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978 towards sums paid in settling the actions.

Writs issued by Cole & Cole, Croydon

A law graduate who suffered life threatening injuries after being hit on the head by the boom of a racing yacht, is suing for compensation. Virginia Goode spent four-and-a-half days on a life support machine after the accident on board the yacht "Ocean Cavalier" in August last year. The writ claims that as a result of her injuries she was unable to start a training contract with solicitors Gouldens. Goode, of Enfield, is suing yacht owner Hugh Martin of Micheldever, Hampshire, for compensation. The writ says that Goode now walks with a stick and has difficulty with every day tasks.

Writ issued by Georgiou Nicholas, London WC1