WHR unsuccessful in action against OBI

OBI Property has defended a claim brought by WHR Property Consultants in a pre-action disclosure application heard before the Mercantile Court in Manchester.

An initial hearing was held in April but no verdict was reached. Last week, Judge Waksman QC presided over the case at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre.

The judgment stated that neither Gary Scorah, Dominic Horridge and Will Lewis, all formerly of WHR, or their new company OBI would be required to deliver to WHR any documents that it had asked to be disclosed.

WHR said it still plans to go ahead with a full investigation into OBI. In a statement, WHR said: "We have been considering litigation against OBI and applied to the court to consider pre action disclosure. The court did not grant an order for pre action disclosure, however, we still intend to proceed with litigation."

WHR had asked for disclosure of a variety of documentation from both before and after the three individuals' garden leave period, a request that was resisted.

Addleshaw Goddard and Edward Morgan of counsel represented WHR. Paul Stedman of Zatman & Co and Martin Budworth of counsel represented OBI.

Will Lewis, Gary Scorah and Dominic Horridge left WHR in February this year to set up OBI Property.

OBI Property declined to comment when contacted by Place.

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