Preliminary hearing takes place in Leonard Cheshire Disability payment dispute

Lord Hodge was told details of the case of technology company This-Tel against the disability charity

Lord Hodge
Lord Hodge

A preliminary court hearing has taken place in a case involving Leonard Cheshire Disability and a small technology company that is suing the charity for more than £430,000.

The hearing in Scotland’s supreme civil court, the Court of Session, was heard by Lord Hodge.

The company, This-Tel, signed a contract with Leonard Cheshire to provide digital pens that enable data to be entered automatically into a database.

In a court summons, issued in January, the company said the charity had refused to pay £284,800 for services and licences that it supplied.

It also demanded a further £153,674 in costs relating to a three-month notice period that the company says was written into the contract.

The two parties await Hodge's decision as to what happens next.

A spokeswoman for Leonard Cheshire Disability said it would pay This-Tel but disputed the amount owed.

"We have always offered to pay the amount that is due, and we are committed to a constructive and fair resolution of this issue," she said. "We are strongly defending the claim against us."

Leonard Cheshire Disability said it could not disclose further details while court proceedings were ongoing.

This-Tel was unavailable for comment.

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