In brief: Solicitor's writ accuses Barclays of libel

A solicitor has issued a High Court writ against Barclays Bank claiming damages for libel or breach of contract after the bank allegedly wrongfully bounced his cheques. Personal injury specialist Michael Friend, a sole practitioner, is claiming damages of up to £50,000 from the bank after four cheques totalling £33,374.04, which he issued from his office, were allegedly dishonoured by the bank. The writ alleges Friend was defamed when the bank wrote 'Refer To Drawer' or 'RD' on the cheques and then issued them to the payees. Barclays Bank declined to comment.