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Multiplex loses QC to higher bench

MULTIPLEX has lost a key member of its legal team in its multi-million pound Wembley stadium court battle against Cleveland Bridge.

The contractor's QC has been made a judge and Vivian Ramsey will take up his position in the High Court at the beginning of next month.

The 55-year-old barrister was the lead counsel for Multiplex and one legal source admitted: 'He was one of the top barristers in the country.

He was formidable and had a superb reputation ? a definite force to be reckoned with.' Multiplex and its former steelwork subbie are suing each other for damages and breach of contract. The four-week case is due to begin at the High Court next April.

Martin Tidd, the managing director of Multiplex's UK construction division, was given a £338,000 bonus to join the company. It will be paid in full provided Mr Tidd does not resign before 2012. He joined from Wates last December.