Insurance boss set to end £3,800 dispute
The boss of an insurance business says he intends to pay a bill of more than £3,800 following a year-long dispute with two tradesmen.
Robert Wardrop heads K&R Insurance Brokers, which was set up to create policies aimed at protecting companies from legal claims made by staff.
The business is based at the offices of law firm Harvey Ingram Shakespeares, in New Walk, Leicester.
The dispute over the unpaid bill centred on decorating work and the supply and fitting of carpets in August 2011 at an office in Leicester Road, Blaby, which had been occupied by K&R Nationwide, a company where Mr Wardrop had been a director.
Mr Wardrop, who said K&R Nationwide was no longer trading, had said the £3,841 owed to Houseland Carpets, of Blaby, and Glen Parva decorator Grant Kearney was the responsibility of K&R Nationwide.
However, Houseland Carpets and Mr Kearney have obtained county court judgements against Mr Wardrop to get their money, which they say now totals £4,769 because of extra costs.
Mr Wardrop said he had written to Leicester and Northampton county courts, where the CCJs were made in July and May, to dispute them.
After being contacted by the Leicester Mercury on Tuesday, Mr Wardrop called back yesterday to say he intended to pay the money.
"I'm going to have to pay this because of the Mercury's actions," he said. "I don't have any choice."
He said he would pay the money immediately. However, he said he was unaware of any extra money owed since the CCJs were issued.
Milford Copp, owner of Houseland Carpets, said: "Mr Kearney and myself welcome the news that Mr Wardrop would like to settle the CCJs with caution. This has gone on for 13 months now."
Speaking in June, Mr Wardrop, a former Lloyds of London under-writer, said he hoped K&R would employ up to 200 people within 12 months and sell 15,000 policies over the same period.
Harvey Ingram Shakespeares was looking to provide legal services to K&R's clients once the insurance policies had been developed.
Stephen Woolfe, senior partner at Harvey Ingram Shakespeares, said: "We were made aware of the CCJs against Rob Wardrop just a few weeks ago and took immediate action by discussing the matter with him.
"We should stress that Rob Wardrop is not employed by Harvey Ingram Shakespeares and never has been.
"While we are interested in the insurance product that K&R Insurance Brokers has been developing, we take all matters relating to the standing of those we choose to do business with extremely seriously and we will be reviewing our relationship."