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Sir Fraser and AWG head to High Court

A HIGH Court battle between Sir Fraser Morrison and the utility giant that bought the Morrison Construction business he ran will finally begin in December.

AWG is accusing former Morrison chief executive Sir Fraser and previous group operations director Stephen McBrierty of making false claims about the state of the firm's profits prior to its sale for £263 million in August 2000.

A writ for £130 million was originally issued against the pair by AWG in February 2003 but a series of legal arguments has held up the case until now.

Mr Justice Evans-Lombe will begin hearing opening remarks on December 5 in a case that is expected to last until April next year.

Sir Fraser and Mr McBrier ty have denied the claims and previously argued that the AWG board at the time did not understand enough about the business they bought.

Sir Fraser and his brother Gordon, who is not being sued, each pocketed £57 million from the deal.

Last week it emerged that Gordon Morrison has used some of this cash to snap up Kent social housing contractor Richardson for an undisclosed sum.

The Beckenham-based firm has a turnover of £21 million and has worked in social housing for over 20 years with London local authorities and housing associations.