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1 were a client. Do you understand?
2 MR. MORRIS: Yes, I understand that. I just wanted to clarify
the situation as regards what happens inside the courtroom
4 MR. JUSTICE BELL: I do not really think I can say any more
because I will fall into the position of giving you advice
5 in relation to your position in this action which I do not
want to do.
MR. RAMPTON: May I perhaps help by putting it this way: If it
7 were a case of damages which, for the reasons your
Lordship knows, it is not, that event, if I prove it,
8 would be a significantly aggravating factor if the
defendants lost the case when it came to damages.
MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes. What I think you should do -- I do not
10 think there is any need to do it now -- is see if you can
get some advice from one of the friends who is helping you
11 on the extent to which you, if at all, continuing to hand
out the leaflet, whether in court or outside, if that is
12 what you have been doing, will prejudice you in any way in
relation to this action.
MISS STEEL: We are not admitting what has been alleged in any
15 MR. JUSTICE BELL: No.
16 MISS STEEL: I just thought you ought to know that.
17 MR. JUSTICE BELL: I did not see anything happen. Mr. Rampton
has told me what he alleges has happened, but I would
18 rather not say any more about it. You in your own good
time, I suggest, get advice from one of your lawyers who
19 is helping you from time to time.
20 MR. MORRIS: Right. OK, if we recall Mr. Preston.
21 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Are you ready to carry on now? My last note
is you had asked something about BSE.
MR. MORRIS: Yes. There were some other matters of business
23 but may be we will leave them to the beginning of the
MR. JUSTICE BELL: Do they relate to Mr. Preston's evidence?
MR. MORRIS: No.
MR. JUSTICE BELL: Let us get on with Mr. Preston's evidence.
MR. MORRIS (To the witness): I just want to clarify,
28 Mr. Preston, about your position in the company. The
McDonald's Restaurants Limited is a wholly owned
29 subsidiary of the US corporation?
A. That is correct.
Q. Are you on the board of the US corporation?