Litigation Writs 21/02/95

A son alleged to have influenced his elderly mother into giving him money is being sued in a bid to make him return more than u34,000. Richard Betteridge, administrator of the estate of the late Alice Betteridge, of Black Bourton, Oxfordshire, has launched the High Court claim against Arthur Betteridge, of London N14. Mrs Betteridge died aged 94 on 11 November 1992, and had two accounts at the Halifax Building Society. According to the writ both these accounts were transferred into the joint names of herself and her son on 3 August 1990. But it claims that in breach of trust, between 24 October 1991 and 2 November 1993 Betteridge withdrew u34,247 and that despite requests he has refused to account for the money. Betteridge has alleged he acquired a beneficial interest in the money through being given it, but the writ claims that any gift was procured through undue influence, as Mrs Betteridge was elderly and had entrusted the management of her financial affairs to him.

Writ issued by John Welch & Stammers of Whitney. CH450

A blaze which swept through three Hereford factory units is at the centre of a u630,000 plus High Court claim. Stephen Lambert owner of the premises at Madley Airfield Industrial Area, Madley, Hereford, which were let to Keymood for the recycling of Rank Xerox photocopiers, claims that the fire on 3 May 1993, which spread from a bonfire set up to burn waste on the site, destroyed one unit and damaged the other two units, one of them beyond economic repair. The writ, against Keymood, puts the cost of site clearance, demolition, repairs and rebuilding at u633,268. Lambert, also claims he has suffered a loss of rental income. He claims the fire started when agents for Keymood lit a bonfire of timber pallets and other materials within seven metres of one of the factories and that the blaze was reasonably foreseeable.

Writ issued by Edwin Coe, London WC2. L2061

Martin Casey of Canterbury, Kent, is suing TVS Entertainment for libel damage. He claims he was libelled in the popular regional programme 'Coast to Coast' on 18 December 1992 and is seeking damages and an injunction preventing further publication of the words of which he complains.

Writ issued by Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners. C181