Litigation Writs 28/11/95

A visitor to a London public house who broke his ankle when he fell through an open cellar door on his way out is suing for damages. Paul Simpson, 38, of London N1, has issued a writ claiming damages against licensees Richard Pitt-Kennedy of the Salmon and Compasses pub, in Penton Street, London N1, and Brian Chalmers, of London SE16.

Writ issued by Selwyn Tash & Co, London N3. S173

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner is being sued by a Kent man for the return of nine diamonds which he claims were wrongfully seized from him. Iraj Parvizi, accuses the police of "wrongfully and unlawfully" seizing the six small diamonds and three two carat diamonds from him on 6 September this year. He says that despite requests for the return of the gems the police have failed to hand them back.

Writ issued by Needleman Knowles, London W1. P139

A Huntingdon lorry driver who had to give up work after he was attacked and left with head and eye injuries has launched a £150,000 High Court claim against his insurance company over its refusal to pay out. John Marks was left with a head injury and permanent double vision in his right eye after he was the victim of an attack on 14 April 1993, according to his writ. However, he says that when he made a claim under a critical illness policy he had taken out with the Pegasus Assurance Group just two months before the attack, the company refused to pay out. Now Marks, who at the time of the accident was a self-employed driver running his own international haulage business, is suing the company for the £153,000 he claims he is entitled to for total disablement under the terms of the policy following the assault.

Writ issued by Scrivenger Seabrook, St Neots, Cambridgeshire

Russell Dawson of Chichester has launched a £200,000-plus compensation claim over medical treatment which he alleges was negligent. He is suing consultant neurologist James Kellerman FRCS, and Havering Hospital NHS Trust, both of Old Church Hospital, Romford, Essex, and BUPA. His writ seeks damages for alleged negligence and breach of contract over treatment, diagnoses, referral and management of his back and disc problems in June and July 1992.

Writ issued by George Ide Phillips, Chichester.