There had been a long running dispute between the long lease holders of County Hall and the owner/operator of the art gallery housed in part of the first floor of the building known as the Versace Gallery. The first defendant, Danovo Ltd enjoyed a 20 year sub-lease from the sixth claimant, Cadogan Leisure (Investments) Ltd. There were also various license arrangements regarding the display of artwork and advertising and signage. A range of issues had developed between the parties, including claims for trespass, the service of a Section 146 Notice under the Law of Property Act, misrepresentation, and accusations of dishonesty.
Danovo had suggested mediation in correspondence, but the other parties had refused. After a change of solicitors, Danovo applied to the court to order the parties to mediate. The only issue in this case was whether the judge should issue such an order.