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Recycling brothers and sister set to sue each other

Two Sheffield brothers and their sister are headed for a High Court showdown in a row over the family recycling business. David Hague, 56, and his sister Dianne, 53, are suing their brother Martin Hague, 49, and his wife Jean in a row over shares in Hague Plant Excavations, a business started by their father Douglas in the fifties. David and Dianne Hague claim that they transferred their shares in the company to Martin and Jean Hague on the advice of the family accountant Joe Midgley twenty one years ago. But they did not receive any money for the transfer, and did not intend to give away their shares in the family business, they say. And when they asked for their shares back, Martin and Jean Hague refused to return them, they say. Martin and Jean Hague have wrongfully claimed to be the sole owners of Hague Plant Excavations, in breach of trust, since September 21 2005, according to a High Court writ. Now David Hague and Dianne Hague are suing their brother Martin and sister-in-law Jean Hague, over the Sheffield based recycling, excavation, and waste disposal business. They are asking the High Court to rule that Martin Hague holds one share in Hague Plant Excavations on trust for his brother David, that Jean Hague holds one share in the company on trust for her sister-in-law Dianne, and that they are liable to transfer the shares so that David and Dianne Hague will each hold one third of the companys share capital. They are also seeking orders compelling them to transfer the shares, an inquiry into what benefits they have obtained through their shareholdings for which they are accountable, and accounts, inquiries and orders to ensure they have not been unjustly enriched by the ownership of the disputed shares.

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