Litigation Writs 04/10/95

London's Cafe Royal is being sued for damages by a 70-year-old woman who fell off a platform there during a gala evening. Eira Pazzi-Axworthy, of St Albans, has issued a writ against Perry's Catering of London N16. She was injured on 6 December 1992, as she went to leave the raised platform where she had been sitting. The writ says that as she avoided a chair she put her foot too close to the edge of the platform, overbalanced and fell. Her head became wedged in a void between the platform, a pillar and a wall. The writ accuses the caterers of negligence in installing a platform with a dangerous void adjacent to it, failing to erect a barrier to prevent a fall, and failing to light that part of the platform.

Thomas Stephens of Glamorgan faces a claim for more than u40,000 in a dispute over a will. Marie Sanchez, administrator of the estate of the late Alice Evans, has issued a writ against Stephens, seeking repayment of u43,000 to u46,000 she claims he wrongly withdrew from Evans' bank account with the Abbey National between February and September 1989. Sanchez, of London SE8, sues as the administrator of Evans' estate, and also as the administrator of her sole beneficiary Elsie Williams, who died on 28 April last year.

Writ issued by Atkins Hope, Croydon. CH828

Former Royal Signals Sergeant, Carl Marshall, who had to give up his army career after he was injured falling down a damaged staircase while with his unit in Maastricht, Netherlands, is suing the MoD. Marshall says in his writ he missed his footing on a broken stair, fell backwards and slid down the rest of the staircase. He suffered an injury to his shoulder and neck and was voluntarily discharged on medical grounds.

Writ issued by Carrick Carr & Wright, Kingston-upon-Hull. M419

Cunard faces High Court action over a cruise on the QEII which went wrong. It is being sued by Michael Wade, of Sutton Coldfield, who seeks damages for breach of a contract made on 2 December 1992 for a Gardens of the Orient QEII Cruise. He also seeks damages for alleged misrepresentation, claiming this occurred when he was induced to enter into the contract.

Writ issued by Moseley Chapman & Skemp, Sutton Coldfield. W205