I must say, yet again, that after the original tip by Duplesis re Inverness, the Scotcourts website has again come into its own!
As well as the bankruptcy petition in Inverness on 3rd October, another case is listed for that date, this time in Glasgow Sheriff Court.
|21||Bannatyne Kirkwood F – v – Craig Whyte||Bannatyne Kirkwood France & Co – ms fs||
This is down as a Summary Cause claim by BKF, well known defamation specialists, and the lawyers instructed by Mr Whyte to sue the BBC after the first BBC Inside Story programme last year (how long ago that now seems).
A Summary Cause means an action for between £3,000 and £5,000.
However anyone expecting to see him attend court is likely to be disappointed. Unless he, or a lawyer on his behalf, has lodged papers at court stating that the action is to be defended, or that he admits the claim, but wants time to pay, then the case will not call, having been dealt with administratively.
The fact that this case calls on 3rd October as does the sequestration petition is coincidental.
It does however show that Harper Macleod was quicker off the mark with their action, as they are at the bankruptcy stage, whereas BKF are just starting.
I imagine this means that Mr Whyte does not intend to continue with his case against the BBC!
It is, to pout it mildly, unfortunate to be in court pursued for payment of debt by two of your former layers on the same day.
Carter-Ruck and Partners, the English libel experts, had for many months an entry on their “Recent Work” page stating that it was acting for both Mr Whyte and Rangers regarding the BBC Inside Story programme. That entry is no longer there, at least as far as I can see.
Maybe Mark Daly’s next programme could be entitled “the Rise and Fall of Craig Whyte”?
Posted by Paul McConville