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12May94 UK: BOVIS HIT BY DOUBLE LEGAL COSTS WHAMMY.

Bovis was landed with a £6,000 legal bill last week during an unsuccessful appeal against an earlier £20,000 court costs order.The contracting against lost its appeal against charges of damaging an ancient monument during construction work in the City of London.Bovis was found guilty of the charge following a 10-day trail at Knightsbridge Crown Court last February.The court ruled that remains of the Roman Governor's Palace, which have been found beneath Cannon Street Station viaduct, could have been damaged by excavation work being supervised by Bovis.There was no actual harm to the monument, but charges were laid on the grounds that it was impossible to know what damage, may have been caused because excavations had already taken place and the debris disposed of.Bovis was fined £1,000 under the Ancient Monuments Act and ordered to pay £20,000 costs.The firm went before the Court of Appeal last week on a legal technicality concerning the consent order for work.But Mr Justice Laws refused to overturn the conviction and threw out Bovis' claim that it was wrong to couple a 'relatively nominal fine of £1,000 with a substantial costs order of £20,000'.Bovis was then asked to pay a further £7,500 costs, which was reduced to £6,000 on the order of the judge. CONSTRUCTION NEWS