Litigation Writs 8/7/97

Leading pub owner Inntrepreneur Estates is taking one of its former landlords on in a fight to get back one of its establishments. The company is suing London-based Nightmaster for damages and possession of the Shipwrights Arms in Tooley Street, Bermondsey, where lewd goings-on are said to have taken place. The licence for the premises was revoked by magistrates on the basis that sexual activity at the pub including oral sex, mutual masturbation and fellatio rendered Nightmaster not fit and proper to hold the licence. Inntrepreneur has now issued a writ seeking possession of the premises and profits of £32,000 a year pending possession.

Writ issued by Eversheds, Bristol.

A property company executive who was sacked last autumn from his £59,995-a-year job has launched a £600,000 claim against the company which dismissed him. Malcolm Hyde, of Worthing, West Sussex, is now suing Southwater Properties of Worthing for £599,995 plus interest. Hyde had been with the company since 24 February 1994. In his writ he accuses the company of breach of contract and wrongful dismissal. It claims that he should be entitled to compensation of 10 times his salary, subject to a minimum of £500,000. The writ says that under his contract his employment could be ended without notice only if: he was adjudged bankrupt or entered into a voluntary arrangement with his creditors; if he committed acts of dishonesty relating to his employers or any associated company; or if he was guilty of gross default, gross misconduct, gross breach or gross non-observance of any of the stipulations in his contract.

Writ issued by Allen & Overy, London EC4.

A Bristol widow who claims her husband died as a result of medical negligence has launched a claim for more than £50,000 compensation. Nicole Hartery is suing Dr David Holliday of the Thornbury and Southmead National Health Services NHS Trust. Her writ claims her husband, Christopher, died as a result of Dr Holliday's negligence and breach of statutory duty from 11 March 1995, and as a result of the health authority's negligence and breach of statutory duty from 12 March 1995 onwards at Southmead Hospital. It gives no details of the circumstances leading to Mr Hartery's death.

Writ issued by Russell Jones & Walker, Bristol.