The legal wrangle between JD Wetherspoon and Van de Berg has escalated, after the pub operator announced it had added new claims of dishonesty and fraud against its former estate agent. Wetherspoon had originally brought a multi-million pound legal case against Van de Berg for breach of contract and a breach of fiduciary duty relating to four property transactions. However, after reviewing over 3,000 actual or proposed property transactions involving Van de Berg and itself, Wetherspoon has added new claims of dishonesty and fraud against the estate agent in relation to a further group of 10 properties. The trial regarding the first claim, which was expected to take place in December, will now be put back, with the two claims being heard at the same time after 1 October next year. Earlier this year Wetherspoon said it had dismissed Van de Berg as its retained estate agent in 2005, after it discovered that certain directors and associates of the company had been finding sites for the pub group’s competitors. Van de Berg counter claimed that the pub company demanded it use a percentage of its monthly fee to buy shares in Wetherspoon - a move that would be a contravention of section 151 of the Companies Act. Wetherspoon has denied these claims.