Leading Irish film producer Julie Le Brocquy has been awarded just over €11,000 against an architect who, a judge said, had failed to provide her with “a reasonable standard of service.”
Judge Jacqueline Linnane also dismissed a claim by the architect, John Pat Colclough, against Ms Le Brocquy for alleged outstanding professional fees and expenses amounting to €9,770.
Barrister Padraic Lyons had told the court that Ms Le Brocquy had retained Mr Colclough, formerly of Millbrook Hall, Abbeyleix, Co Laois, to advise her and prepare a planning application for a new rental property beside her home on Eglinton Road, Dublin 4.
Mr Lyons, who appeared with solicitors Noel Smyth and Partners for Ms Le Brocquy, told the court she had already paid Mr Colclough, now a UK resident, more than €10,000 with regard to his services.
Ms Le Brocquy (53), of 18-24 Eglinton Road, told the court Mr Colclough had advised her she could obtain planning permission for a four-bedroomed development at No 18.
She said the application had been refused and entry of an appeal to An Bord Pleanala against Dublin City Council’s refusal had been made a day late. A second application presented by Mr Colclough had been declared invalid.
Ms Le Brocquy told Mr Lyons she had to employ and pay a second firm of architects who had told her she would not get planning permission for more than a two-bedroom property for which they had drawn up plans and obtained permission.
Colclough, in his claim for fees and expenses for work done between October 2009 and February 2011, told the court he had been paid €10,250 on account but alleged he was still owed €9,770.
Ms Le Brocquy denied she owed Mr Colclough the money and counter claimed for breach of contract in that Colclough had failed to provide the services contracted for in a professional manner and for loss, damage and inconvenience.
Judge Linnane today, in a reserved judgment, dismissed Colclough’s claim and awarded Ms Le Brocquy €11,042. The judge said Ms Le Brocquy had not received a reasonable standard of service.
Mr Lyons, in a successful application for legal costs against Mr Colclough, said his claim should manifestly never have been brought and Ms Le Brocquy’s counter claim had been fully upheld.