Saturday 25 February 2017

Car enthusiast Gerald Kean to represent dealership in McLaren MP4 case involving consultant

By Aodhan O Faolain and Ray Managh

Gerald Kean.
Gerald Kean.

WELL-KNOWN solicitor to the stars Gerald Kean, himself an aficionado of high spec cars, will represent a dealership alleged not to have delivered on the purchase of a McLaren MP4 sports car by a Co Waterford medical consultant.

Dr Edward O’Donnell claims he traded in his Ferrari California with Ocean Vehicle Trading Ltd and its director Oisin Legaspi on the basis it would part finance the purchase of a 2012 McLaren MP4 12C which he says he never received.

The High Court heard today that the defendants are to be legally represented by the law firm of the well-known solicitor Dr Gerald Kean.

O'Donnell brought High Court proceedings against Ocean Vehicle Trading and Legaspi and obtained temporary freezing orders them preventing a reduction of their assets below a value of €150,000.

The proceedings was adjourned by Ms Justice Miriam O Regan after she was told Keans Solicitors of Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin, whose principal is Dr Kean, is to come on record for the defendants of Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.

Barrister Shaun Boylan, counsel for Dr O’Donnell, said Keans was coming on record for the defendants and all documents could be served on the defendants through that office.  He said existing injunctions would remain in place.

A McLaren MP4
A McLaren MP4

O'Donnell, of The Fairways, Faithlegg, Co Waterford, a consultant obstetrician at Waterford Regional Hospital, claims he first came into contact with Legaspi, who was then working for another company, in 2013 when he was first purchasing his Ferrari.

He claimed that after that he had been regularly contacted by Legaspi asking if he wanted to upgrade his Ferrari and in June last he made an arrangement to trade in his Ferrari for the McLaren.

O'Donnell said in a sworn statement he had been informed in a text message from Mr Legaspi in August that the new car was on its way to Ireland. The car was never delivered and he had become concerned following an exchange of texts and calls with Mr Legaspi.

Despite having been assured the McLaren was en route, he had eventually asked Legaspi for either the return of the Ferrari, delivery of the McLaren or his money back.

Later, he discovered the Ferrari had been sold for €137,300, through a company that had been dissolved last March, but had been assured in an email in late August that the money would be refunded.

He told the court that in spite of numerous assurances from Mr Legaspi, no refund had materialised. He later discovered all cars for sale had been removed from the company's website.

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