A WRIT seeking huge amounts of compensation from Kirklees Council has been served in the High Court.

It was served at the High Court in Manchester by the trustees of the King James's Grammar School Trust.

And it could mean that the authority will be asked to pay a large amount - possible hundreds of thousands of pounds- to the Almondbury school.

The claim centres on a long-running row over the administration of the trust, which was set up 80 years ago to provide for the then grammar school.

Top-level meetings are taking place between lawyers representing the trust and the council's legal experts.

Neither party was prepared to comment on the issue, other than to confirm that the writ had been served.

Members of the council Cabinet met in private to give the go-ahead for the lawyers to meet trust officials.

The trust owns a number of properties in Almondbury and other parts of Huddersfield.

Proceeds from the investments were intended to be used to improve education facilities at the school, one of the oldest in the country.

The running of the trust was taken over by the former Huddersfield Borough Council in the 1940s and by Kirklees in the 1970s.

But trustees sought advice from the Charity Commissioners and removed council involvement in the trust several years ago.