Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Charity wins after legal dispute

One of our lawyers took an unusual approach that has certainly paid off for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Mohammed Ahsan was the lead lawyer on the case which had run for almost five years and had involved hours of legal arguments and court proceedings.

"The dispute arose because the first company lodged a claim and the second lodged a counterclaim, and neither side was prepared to give way. It became a matter of principle that neither company wanted to pay any money to the other side, and it looked as though we would have no option but to go to trial,

"But in a long and intense mediation session, I made one last attempt to resolve things and suggested our client would be prepared to pay £5,000 to a charity of the other side's choice in full and final settlement of the case," said Ahsan.

In a surprise twist, both companies accepted the deal and so Telford Copper Cylinders Limited has now donated the money to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

"Both companies agreed there would be no payment of legal fees and once the charity had been paid, the case would be over. This way both parties were able to resolve the issue, and charity is the winner at the end of the day."

Ahsan worked on the case with Paul Dean from St Philips barristers' chambers representing Telford Copper Cylinders in the Birmingham Technology and Construction Court.

Pic: Mohammed Ahsan (left) and Paul Dean hand over the cheque at Birmingham Children's Hospital