Day 141 - 23 Jun 95 - Page 02
1 Friday, 23rd June, 1995
3 MR. JUSTICE BELL: The first thing to say is my problem seems to
4 have resolved itself, so I am completely available on
5 Monday. What is the situation from your point of view,
6 Mr. Morris?
8 MR. MORRIS: Thank you for adjourning this morning. The
9 situation is resolved.
11 MR. JUSTICE BELL: So he has a new plaster on?
13 MR. MORRIS: They have remoulded it, so there is no problem now.
15 MR. JUSTICE BELL: What about Monday then? Is there any reason
16 why we cannot take Monday as a normal day?
18 MR. RAMPTON: My Lord, I do believe we really should -- we lost
19 this morning -- because of Mr. Stein, amongst other things.
21 MR. MORRIS: We did arrange some things because of the spare
22 day, but we can cancel those.
24 MR. JUSTICE BELL: I think you should. I know we were bandying
25 around, in another context, promissory estoppel earlier in
26 the week. If someone had taken on an obligation which
27 could not have been broken in the expectation that Monday
28 would be free, that would be one thing, but I think it
29 would have to be something -- anyway, it does not apply.
30 We will carry on this afternoon.
32 I have a number of reasons why I would like to rise at
33 about 4 o'clock, but we will resume at 10.30 on Monday
34 morning. What is your best estimate for the remainder of
35 your joint cross-examination of Mr. Stein?
37 MR. MORRIS: With these three or four days, we are certainly
38 committed to finishing by the end of next week.
40 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Do your very best to press along.
42 MR. RAMPTON: I would only add, though, that if there should
43 appear a window, however small, for the disposal of some of
44 the interlocutory matters which are outstanding which your
45 Lordship would wish to deal with towards the end of next
46 week, supposing Mr. Stein finished Wednesday or Thursday,
47 I would appreciate hearing from the Defendants what
48 matters -----
50 MR. JUSTICE BELL: What I suggest is, you press on with your
51 cross-examination now, and if someone reminds me some time
52 in the middle of Monday afternoon, we will take 10 minutes
53 to see then how we are getting along.
55 MR. MORRIS: Just one other preliminary: you wanted the
56 statement of Ian Whittle; we have a copy and we can hand it
59 MR. JUSTICE BELL: If that can be handed up, and I will put it
60 away in due course.