We understand that the witness statements in the forthcoming case between Mr & Mrs Stainer (pictured) and David Hammond of CR Childs of Hythe have been circulated by both parties it would appear.
Mr & Mrs Stainer‘s case will come before the First Tier Property Tribunal on the 24th & 25th Jan 2018 and will be heard at Folkestone Magistrates Court (this coming Wednesday & Thursday 10 am start)
Mr Hammond of CR Childs is the Tribunal-appointed manager and receiver for the Grand. He is pursuing over £160,000 plus interest allegedly owed to the service charge fund at the Grand by Michael and Doris Stainer according to sources very close to Mr Stainer. The hearing on January 24th and 25th is to determine if, and how much, they now owe on their holiday flat empire in unpaid service charges. These witness statements include two from those in support of the Stainers and those of residents supporting Mr. Hammond, so we are reliably informed.
The content of the witness statements is not what intrigues us. It’s who has filed witness statements, and who therefore must attend the Tribunal and subject themselves to cross examination. One would take it for granted that Michael Stainer (pictured above) himself would be first in the queue, after all, he’s highly experienced in matters legal and never scared of appearing before a Judge.
But no!!!! Pro-Stainer witness statements have been filed by Doris Stainer, Robert Richardson who is General Manager of one of the tenant businesses and two leaseholders. What? No Michael Stainer? No — not a whisper!
So, Doris Stainer and Robert Richardson (pictured right) – who was arrested by HMRC and remains on bail since July 2015 and who too signed off the Folkestone & Hythe Conservative Accounts in 2016 & 17 along with former Cllr Russell Tillson (pictured left) – will be subjected to the cross-examination skills of a highly experienced barrister, Adam Rosenthal, who led the case that led to the removal of Stainer and his agent from responsibility for managing the Grand’s residential interests in 2014. In addition, the residents’ association, AORG, who stand alongside David Hammond in the case, will be entitled to cross-examine Doris Stainer and Robert Richardson and the two other residents.
Not very gentlemanly to leave Doris, his wife, to face the collective anger of leaseholders, lawyers et al.
“Had a good day in Court dear?” “Thanks a bunch, mein leibling – I was just hung out to dry by my husband.”
The Shepwayvox Team