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Friday 25 April 2014

Fossett family finally settles dispute over circus assets

A LONG-RUNNING High Court dispute between members of the Fossett's Circus family was settled yesterday.

The case was taken by the late circus founder Edward Fossett's three daughters, Mary and Amy Garcia, of Borneville Village, Birmingham, England, and Mona Jabola, The Grange, Lucan, Co Dublin.

They claimed they were entitled to a one-sixth share in the circus enterprise because their father had left the assets to his six children equally.

The action was against Edward and John Fossett, both deceased, and whose estates were represented by solicitor Barry Bowman; and also against the estate of the late Robert Fossett, Fossett Brothers Circus Ltd and Fossett Enterprises Ltd.

Legal proceedings were first initiated in 1992 and attempts to resolve the dispute had failed, the High Court was told when the matter first came before it in 2003.

The defence denied their claims of equal ownership.

In the 2003 hearing, a judge who urged the parties to reach agreement was told an accommodation had been reached. However, during the announcement of this accommodation, counsel for the sisters said unfortunately it was not possible to say it (the accommodation) was permanent.

The case returned to the High Court yesterday where it was due to be heard over three days.

Following negotiations, Gavin Ralston, for the sisters, told Mr Justice Peter Charleton the matter had been settled and the case could be struck out.

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