Healthcare Locums faces lawsuit

Healthcare Locums is being sued by its former boss Kate Bleasdale, the Aim-listed firm said yesterday. Bleasdale, who lost a claim for unfair dismissal against HCL last year, is arguing the firm acted unreasonably during its refinancing talks in 2011, and is calling on the firm to pay £2.24m for her shareholding - or what it was worth before HCL suspended its shares ahead of the refinancing. The company said it is consulting with legal advisers over the case.