Consumer electricals giant DSGi is reportedly to sue its own legal advisers for as much as €1m over alleged mistakes in closing down the retailer’s business in France.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the retailer has launched a High Court action against law firm Denton Wilde Sapte in which it alleges the company was “negligent” after being hired to help terminate property leases held by the French operations.
In attempting to remove DSGi from a lease on one of its PC City France warehouses, Dentons served the break notice on the wrong landlord. DSGi is now looking to recover €839,000 in losses it allegedly suffered as a result of this mistake, as well as interest and damages.
The claim form alleges that having been hired to exit the leases, Dentons failed to take notice of the rent invoices in its possession, did not ask DSG to provide up to date invoices relating to the lease, and failed to carry out a Land Registry search.
In its defence, Dentons said DSGi “caused” or “contributed to” its “own loss and damage”.
Dentons admitted it had served the break notice on Immopark rather than the correct landlord, Multicommerce, but blamed the mistake on DSGi and its own advisers.