He was involved in a long-running dispute with a builder over the value of work undertaken by a subcontractor with regard to fire damage to the man's Grade II listed property.
The property owner considered he was being overcharged for the work done and obtained a signed statement from the builder (alleged by him to have been obtained by duress) that he had overpaid by more than £200,000. In a case with a number of complexities, the principal issue was that the property owner claimed that the builder's work was grossly negligent.
When the builder sued for non-payment, the house owner responded with a very substantial counterclaim against him. This was made in fairly general terms, and was due to be amended and made in greater detail. Following delays in the preparation of the counterclaim, the Technology and Construction Court ordered that it had to be served by 20 March (a Friday). It was duly sent via email in the mid-afternoon of that day.
However, the email address of the Court was mistyped, with the result that it was not delivered.
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