Litigation Writs 28/04/98

A major High Court damages claim has been launched over alleged structural defects at the White Lion Walk shopping centre in Guildford. The owner of the shopping centre has launched a claim over the design of the development's atrium roof. Britel Fund Trustees is suing White Lion Walk and Tarmac, both of Wolverhampton, and Crampin and Pring of Nottingham, seeking damages for breach of an agreement dated 6 April 1984, negligence and making negligent misstatements made between 1985 and 1987 in respect of the design, the development and the roof at the shopping centre.

Writ issued by Maxwell Batley, London WC2.

The executors of the estate of William Berry, who died from malignant mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos while he worked at Roche Products' factory in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, are suing Roche. Berry worked at the factory as an electrician and site servicing engineer from January 1960 until his death in 1995. The writ claims that during the final 15 years of his employment he was required to carry out various jobs which exposed him to asbestos, including stripping out asbestos from buildings and boiler house ducts, overseeing the stripping out of asbestos by other contractors, and constructing muffle furnace units using asbestos. The writ claims that his death was caused by the company's negligence and a breach of statutory duty, inter alia, in failing to provide respiratory equipment and protective clothing.

Writ issued by Hawkins Russell Jones, Welwyn Garden City.

Croydon shop worker Penelope Ableman is suing Marks & Spencer for damages as a result of injuries which she received in an accident at work on 11 January 1995. She claims that her injuries were caused by the company's negligence and a breach of statutory duty.

Writ issued WH Matthews & Co, Sutton, Surrey.

West Sussex man Edward Feasey is suing Powergen for damages in respect of personal injuries, loss and damage he claims he suffered as a result of his employment with the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) between September 1967 and March 1972. His writ accuses the CEGB of negligence and a breach of statutory duty.

Writ issued by Veitch Penny, Exeter.