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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
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
59 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes. Thank you very much for that.