Mr Justice Morland had a busy time of it at the High Court last week. On Tuesday he had to sort out a slander case between insolvency practitioner Melvyn Samuel Langley and fellow practitioner David Solomons. Langley accepted 'suitable' damages and a public apology from Solomons, who claimed that Langley had been arrested. That settled, Mr Justice Morland moved on to meatier matters. On Wednesday two more litigants stepped into court 13: Messrs. Mohamed Al Fayed and Neil Hamilton, no less. The judge's introduction on Tuesday to accountancy served him well in this, a much higher profile case. George Carman QC - acting for the charismatic owner of Harrods - told the court that Hamilton had invoiced oil company Mobil for £10,000 for consultancy services relating to amendments tabled by Hamilton to the 1989 Finance Bill. Carman described how in 1994, the time when the 'cash for questions' scandal broke, Hamilton - a former DTI minister, don't forget - was told by Lionel Blumenthal, a now retired chartered accountant and the former head of tax at Mobil, that he would write to the prime minister unless Hamilton resigned. Hamilton, Mr Carman told the court, resigned the very next day.
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