Day 131 - 06 Jun 95 - Page 02
1 Tuesday, 6th June 1995.
3 MR. MORRIS: Can I bring up a couple of legal points?
5 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes, do.
7 MR. MORRIS: Just to inform the court that I have been
8 contacting all our employment witnesses.
10 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes.
12 MR. MORRIS: Some are difficult to get hold of, but the ones
13 that have been confirmed are ----
15 MR. JUSTICE BELL: These are additional to the ones you have
16 mentioned in the past?
18 MR. MORRIS: Yes. They are Melanie O'Riordan; I think it is
19 Andrew Brett, he is a Colchester person; Kevin Harrison, he
20 is a partner of Kate Harrison; Dave Turnbull from the
21 Transport & General Workers Union; and Andrew Cranner, who
22 is an ex-manager from Ealing. I was also going to say that
23 we are not going to be calling Kate Pearson, who was the
24 overtime tribunal person.
26 The other thing is, can we ask for Ms. Hovi to be released,
27 because the deadline has passed for McDonald's to serve
28 their rebuttal statements; and, also, there may be argument
29 about that later. But, in any event, in the circumstances,
30 we feel she should be released. It is not fair to her.
32 MR. RAMPTON: My Lord, as to that last point, the final draft
33 statement, which is about 25 pages long, is with Jarretts
34 at the moment. We expect to get it back tonight. Sorry
35 that it has taken so long; it has been a very detailed
38 MR. JUSTICE BELL: As I understood it, you thought Mr. Purslow
39 would be relatively short, in chief?
41 MR. RAMPTON: Yes, he will.
43 MR. JUSTICE BELL: On that basis, when do you think we are
44 likely to finish Mr. Purslow?
46 MR. MORRIS: We are not expecting his cross-examination to take
47 more than two days.
49 MR. JUSTICE BELL: What I would like to do, on the basis that by
50 Wednesday morning your statement should have been
51 served ----
53 MR. RAMPTON: Yes. I sincerely hope it will be. I am conscious
54 -- I do not agree with Mr. Morris' expression "deadline",
55 because your Lordship did not do more than say ----
57 MR. JUSTICE BELL: I did not impose a deadline, but I am
58 extremely anxious that Ms. Hovi should know where she
59 stands as soon as possible.