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STOBART GROUP LTD (2) EDDIE STOBART LTD (3) WA DEVELOPMENTS INTERNATIONAL LTD (4) WILLIAM ANDREW TINKLER (5) WILLIAM STOBART v PETER ELLIOTT : PETER ELLIOTT v STOBART GROUP LTD & 5 ORS

In complex cross-litigation involving a number of parties, the court considered whether the threshold had been passed for granting one party permission to bring contempt proceedings against the others, and whether such proceedings were in the public interest and proportionate.

19 April 2013

[2013] EWHC 797 (QB)

QBD - Judge Pelling

11 April 2013

The court was required to determine two applications made as part of complex cross-litigation involving the same parties: E applied for permission to bring contempt proceedings against three parties (T, S and H), known collectively as "the Stobart defendants", while T, S and two other Stobart parties applied to strike out E's counterclaim in a different action.

The parties were embroiled in wide-ranging litigation. E was a helicopter pilot who had been engaged by one of the Stobart parties (W). He maintained that he had been forced to resign because W was committing offences by permitting aircraft to be chartered to other Stobart companies when it did not have the requisite licence. He reported those activities to the Civil Aviation Authority, which decided not to prosecute because of insufficient evidence. E was also involved in litigation against T over some land. The claim settled...

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