by Alan V Walker
Mr Mark Hamer judging American Cocker Spaniels on the second
day of WELKS 2002.
failed case brought by Mr Mark Hamer against the Secretary
of Blackpool Championship Show Mr Jack Bennett was in court
again last week after an appeal by Hamer against the costs
he had been instructed to pay.
But Hamer the former chairman of the society did not attend
the hearing owing to ill health. The costs of almost £14,000
are still outstanding.
On 7th March 2001, proceedings were issued by Mark Hamer against
Jack Bennett, alleging that Jack Bennett had over-claimed
expenses from the Blackpool Canine Society amounting to £21,219.80.
The action was brought by Mr Hamer in person.
Mark Hamer was in fact the Chairman of the committee at the
Blackpool Canine Society and approved the accounts, including
the expenses claimed by Jack Bennett, in some of the years
to which his allegations related.
Jack Bennett had always strenuously denied the allegations
against him. Blackpool Canine Societys auditors, Beckett
and Co Chartered Accountants, were asked to investigate the
allegations and found no evidence of any expenses being over-claimed
by Jack Bennett as alleged or at all.
District Judge Buckley, upon reviewing the case papers ordered
a Case Management Conference on 24th September 2001 to consider
what order if any should be made consequent upon the
Claimant suing in a representative capacity. The hearing
was ordered on the courts own motion and not in following
any application by Jack Bennett. on 24th September 2001 District
Judge Buckley ordered that Mark Hamers claim be struck
out and that Mark Hamer pay Mr Bennetts legal costs
of over £19,000 which we reduced to less than £14,000
Mr Hamer was given 28 days from April 23rd. to pay the costs.