Day 236 - 17 04 96 - Page 2

                                                                  Day 236
     1                                 Wednesday, 17th April, 1996.
     4   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  Mr. Rampton, I have a couple of matters to
     5        deal with first of all.
     7   MR. RAMPTON:  Yes.
     9   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  The first is to thank you, Mrs. Brinley-Codd,
    10        for the loan of Duncan and Neill.  Due to the retirement of
    11        MacPherson J, I have been able to grab his copy.  So I now
    12        have my own.
    14        Secondly, I now hand down my judgment on the applications
    15        for leave to reamend the Statement of Claim and to amend
    16        the Defence.  I hope everyone received copies of them
    17        before Easter, in fact.
    19   MR. RAMPTON:  We did.  We only received ours on Thursday.
    21   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  I hope Ms. Steel and Mr. Morris did as well.
    22        I do not propose to read any of that judgment out.  I give
    23        it in the form which was sent to all the parties, subject
    24        to some slight grammatical amendments which will have to be
    25        made.
    27        I say at the end of it that I would be grateful if the
    28        reamendment of the Statement of Claim, the amendment of the
    29        Defence could be reprocessed in the forms which I have
    30        given these, so that I can put them in an appropriate
    31        divider in the abstract pleadings bundle.
    33   MR. RAMPTON:  It is in hand, my Lord.
    35   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  As I think it is fair to say, not only--
    36        obviously you made the application for leave to amend the
    37        Statement of Claim.  It might be thought that, in part
    38        anyway, may have stirred the Defendants to make their
    39        application.  In those circumstances, I would be grateful
    40        if your instructing solicitors felt able to prepare a
    41        formal order and have it signed and sealed, dealing with
    42        the result of both applications.
    44   MR. RAMPTON:  Certainly.
    46   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  As soon as possible, Mr. Rampton.
    48   MR. RAMPTON:  And we will do both sets of pleadings as well.
    50   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  Thank you. 
    52   MR. RAMPTON:  My Lord, the first thing I would like to do is 
    53        just ----
    55   MS. STEEL:   Before that, there is one thing in the judgment
    56        where on page 18 it says "Plaintiffs" and it should be
    57        "Defendants".
    59   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  Yes.  Thank you very much for that.