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Ancient dispute

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The Ancient Monuments Society's recent agm was held in Crosby Hall, splendidly restored and extended as multi-millionaire Christopher Moran's riverside home in Chelsea, and as readers may recall, the subject of a lawsuit against the architects involved. The agm was a festive occasion. Dr Simon Thurley, director of the Museum of London and Moran's advisor as to historic authenticity, delivered an encomium to the selfless dedication of the building's patron, sentiments which were shared by Mr Justice Wilcox in his judgement in the case of Christopher Moran Holdings versus Carden & Godfrey. 'This development costing many millions of pounds must be virtually unique and demonstrates a remarkable imagination and commitment,' he declared. Alas, while supporting the architect's claim for £70,000 of fees, he dismissed Moran's counterclaims for negligence, apart from an award of less than £10,000 to correct a fall on a terrace (Moran had initially claimed £150,000). Christopher must also pay the not insubstantial costs of barristers and expert witnesses. Unusually, Dr Thurley did not mention Carden & Godfrey's contribution to what the judge called 'the translation of his constantly evolving concepts', with which 'Mr Moran professed himself well satisfied'.

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