Litigation Writs 17/12/96

Ideal Country Homes of London W1 is suing Margaret Routledge of Wormley, Surrey and Orkney Property Services of Chichester for damages for alleged breach of a 1989 contract. The claim arises from the purported sale on 14 March 1991 of property which was the subject of the contract at a gross undervalue and for breach of a mortgage deed dated 29 April 1990. Ideal seeks a declaration that in breach of the agreement the defendant was not entitled to act in the capacity of a mortgagee in possession of the property.

Writ issued by Cooke Matheson, London W9. I 1242

A massive fire which swept through a specialist plant used to extract chemicals from sea water is at the centre of a £10 million High Court claim. The fire was at the plant at Amlwch, Anglesey, used by Ellesmere Port-based Associated Octel, to extract bromine from sea water. Now Associated Octel is suing Hesco Corrosion Control Products of Leeds. The company claims in its writ that the fire began in a bucket of epoxy resin left unattended by workmen who were carrying out refurbishment at the plant.

Writ issued by Davies Arnold Cooper, London EC4. A 1881

A row over the management of Telford Shopping Centre is heading for the High Court. The owner of the centre, Universities Superannuation Scheme, is taking managing agents Bernard Thorpe and DTZ Debenham Thorpe (Southern) to court accusing them of negligence. The writ seeks damages for loss and damage said to have been caused by the managing agents' handling of service charge accounts for the centre. In addition to alleging negligence against both organisations, the writ also accuses them of breach of contract in the way in which they ran the service charge accounts.

Writ issued by Lawrence Graham, London WC2. U 521

Somerset haulage company Streets Transport of Wells, which claims it suffered hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of disruption to its business as a result of a 1993 burglary, has launched a massive claim against its insurers which it says have refused to pay up. It is suing Guardian Royal Exchange of Royal Exchange, London EC3 for more than £300,000. Thieves stole an IBM computer containing the company's business records, backup disks and records, and tried to set fire to the property.

Writ issued by Michael Vine and Co, Elstree, Hertfordshire.