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Round two

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Eden's story didn't quite come to a conclusion when Ball reached an outof-court settlement over a multimillion-pound lawsuit he brought in respect of his removal from the project.

Confidentiality clauses precluded details of the settlement being discussed, but it is known that it was on the basis of 'reinstatement' not reward, ie a settlement in respect of what he had put in rather than what he might have received. That bit of the story is now being played out in another legal action, brought by Ball against the solicitor Druces and Attlee, which worked for Ball and Smit before switching to acting for the Eden trust. Ball claims their actions resulted in him losing substantial sums. Hilariously, in 2001, the solicitor was injuncted from acting for the trust and Smit in the dispute with Ball, because it had at one time acted for Ball and Smit. As ever, Astragal wishes Ball every success.

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