Litigation Writs 22/11/99

A property company is taking the Department of Environment Transport and the Regions (DETR) to the High Court in a claim worth more than £500,000 for alleged damage to an office block. The claim has been issued by JLG Investments, landlords of Kingston House in West Bromwich, who claim that when the DETR moved out of the property it was in such a state that they were unable to let it for 36 weeks until repair work could be completed. JLG claim suspended ceilings had been damaged and partitions, doors, small power wiring, data and telecoms cabling had also been installed without consent. JLG claims it also had to replace induction units. The company is seeking £462,289.16 for the cost of repair work, £54,843.75 for rent lost during the time the premises were being repaired, £45,058.50 in service charges and £169,550.75 interest. DETR took a 25-year lease of the third, fourth and fifth floors of the property in 1976, and ended the lease in 1996. In January 1996 Chesterton International, JLG's agents, prepared a schedule of dilapidations, for work to be carried out by the DETR to comply with its obligations under the lease. The department refused to do any of the work. Claim issued by Paul Cherkoff & Co, London

Kevin Morley Marketing, trading as M and K Design and Marketing, of Hertford, is suing Alldays Stores of Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, for £66,296.07 and interest due for goods provided and professional services rendered at Alldays' request. It is claimed the company, which specialises in design, printing and marketing for retailers, entered into a series of contracts to design and produce marketing and merchandising material including price labels, paper bags and point of sale advertising. It is claimed Alldays has failed to pay for work, and has failed to honour a retainer agreement. Claim issued by Crane & Staples, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Property developers Bouygues UK, the English subsidiary of a French building company, are being sued for damages after allegedly refusing to pay fees owed on redevelopment work for King's College, London. Engineering consultants Troup Bywaters and Anders are suing for £285,779.17. The companies gave notice in July this year to Bouygues, that they were in breach of contract after failing to pay outstanding fees and requesting reply within 28 days. The company did not send a written reply but is said to have stated in a phone call it had no intention of paying the outstanding fees. Claim issued by Beale & Company, London

London Electricity is suing Reading-based BG, trading as Transco, for the amount of £84,539.74 in respect of cable damage. BG was allegedly carrying out work near the 33kV solid cable in Old Ford Road, London, when the cable was struck, causing damage needing extensive repairs. London Electricity claims among other things that BG was negligent in failing to obtain plans of the cables and failing to use cable-locating devices. Claim issued by Greenwoods, London