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Stadium row 'waste of resources'
Work continuing on the new Wembley stadium
The 90,000 capacity Wembley was due to be completed in 2005
A High Court judge has warned a row over Wembley Stadium car parks risks lengthy litigation unless a "sensible commercial settlement" can be reached.

Sir Andrew Morrit awarded 120,000 to freehold owners Quintain Estates and Developments against FA subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL).

The firm had claimed 500,000 in backdated service charges.

But WNSL claimed it was not liable for the charges under the lease for which it paid 2,500,000 in 1999.

Locked in litigation

High Court Chancellor Sir Andrew Morritt told both sides in the conflict: "If they wish to avoid being locked in litigation for the foreseeable future, they will take immediate steps to conclude a sensible commercial settlement."

He also criticised the "wanton copying of a very large quantity of documents" produced during the court hearing.

He said he was presented with ten lever-arch files, five of which - containing around 3,000 sheets of paper - were never referred to in court.

The judge said: "Not only does such excessive copying increase the already large cost of litigation, but it is also a considerable waste of resources."


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