Litigation Writs 06/05/97

A man from Quenington, Gloucestershire, has launched a High Court action after he was made redundant from his £85,000-a-year job as UK commercial director of the London- based Wace Group. Christopher Watson, who had been with the company for 22 years, claims that he was made redundant after the company under went reorganisation in August 1995. The writ says he was told by the UK managing director that his job would no longer be available, was given six months notice and told to take "gardening leave". Watson claims he was entitled to 12-months notice, but that after further negotiations the company dismissed him in March 1996 on the basis of alleged gross misconduct.

Writ issued by Langley & Co, London EC

Bournemouth-based Lloyds Bowmaker Finance is suing the Berlitz School of Languages of Grosvenor Street, London W1, for rent and service charge arrears of £200,665 with interest of £8,579 and continuing interest of £49.48 per day which they claim are due in respect of the first floor premises at 9-13 Grosvenor Street, which Berlitz leases.

Writ issued by Linklaters & Paines, London EC

The National Home Loans Corporation (NHLC) is suing solicitors Stephen Rimmer & Co of Eastbourne, for damages for negligence, breach of contract and breach of statutory duty. The firm acted for it in connection with a mortgage advance to Linda Reynolds which secured property at Pevensey Bay, East Sussex.

Writ issued by Hamlin Slowe, London W1.

Tarmac Construction Ltd is being sued for £178,057 for allegedly going back on an employment agreement. Ahmed Sadaghiani of London, SW8, claims in his writ that in February 1992 Tarmac agreed to employ him as business and development director at a salary of £50,000 per year plus expenses. He says the agreement was subject to him being granted a work permit by the Department of Employment. Although the permit was issued in November 1992, Tarmac then failed to honour its side of the deal. The writ claims that Tarmac, in breach of contract, failed to pay him a salary amounting to £112,500, and also failed to pay his expenses of £65,557 incurred in Tehran between July 1993 and April 1994.

Writ issued by Wood Nash Kimber, London WC1.