In the High Court of Justice (Chancery Division) Companies Court. No 1701 of 2003 In the Matter of ESSEX FURNITURE PLC (In Administration) and in the Matter of the Insolvency Act 1986 A Petition to wind up the above-named Company of Becket House, 1 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EU, was presented on 13 March 2003 by the Company, acting by its Joint Administrators, Ian Best, of Ernst & Young, Becket House, 1 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EU and Alan David Lewis, will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL, on 10 April 2003, at 10.30 am (or as soon thereafter as the Petition can be heard). Any person intending to appear on the hearing of the Petition (whether to support or oppose it) must give notice of intention to do so to the Petitioner or its Solicitors in accordance with Rule 4.16 by 1600 hours on 9 April 2003. The Solicitors to the Petitioner are CMS Cameron McKenna, Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4DD. 26 March 2003.