Litigation Writs 12/8/97

A man who claims he was injured by medical treatment almost 30 years ago has issued a High Court writ against North Essex Health Authority. Graham Rawlinson claims he suffered personal injuries, losses and expenses as a result of alleged negligence by the health authority in its medical and surgical treatment, management and care of him in 1969 when he underwent a myelogram at Chelmsford and Essex (Broomfield) Hospital.

Writ issued by Harvey Thornton & Co, London WC1.

A woman is seeking personal injury damages over a health authority's alleged negligence in respect of cervical smears. Sheila Hopson, of Woking, has issued a writ against St Peter's NHS Trust of Chertsey. Her writ accuses the Trust of negligence and breach of duty at St Peter's Hospital and North West Surrey District Pathology Laboratory between January and August 1991.

Writ issued by Barlows, Chertsey, Surrey.

British Telecom has issued a writ against two Leicestershire women. It claims that BT owns Copt Oak Radio Station, at Ulverscroft, but Shirley Brotherhood and Angela Peasant, who are in possession of the unregistered freehold title to adjacent property at Copt Oak Farm, Markfield, claim to be entitled to possessory title to part of the BT site. BT denies this and says it has terminated any licence the two women may have to occupation of the land. It seeks possession of the land and damages of up to £10,000 plus interest.

Writ issued by Ashurst Morris Crisp, London EC2.

London-based charity Alcohol and Drug Addiction Prevention and Treatment is suing chartered building surveyor Ronald Manwaring, practising as Ronald Manwaring Associates, of Wymondham, Norfolk, for damages for negligence in the survey of Mundesley Hospital. Its writ says he produced a report which resulted in the charity purchasing the hospital for £251,501 in February 1995. However, it claims that in September last year refurbishment contractors discovered asbestos in parts of the building, which the charity claims the surveyors should have discovered and reported on. It claims damages amounting to the difference in value between the price it paid and the property's actual value, that is £100,000, or the cost of remedial works of £130,549.84, and fees.

Writ issued by Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, London EC2.