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Jeweller locked out of shop over rent dispute allowed back in after settlement

Tim Healy

Published 17/11/2016 | 16:53

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A JEWELLER locked out of his shop by his new landlord in a rent dispute - just prior to the busiest time of the year in the trade - is being allowed back in following the settlement of a High Court injunction application he brought.

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Paul Conway, trading as Tower Jewellers in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre in Dublin, claimed Blanche Retail Nominee, which recently took over as landlord from Green Properties, had changed the locks last week even though he has paid most of his rent so far this year.

He said he had an understanding with the previous landlord that any arrears would be paid in full when the Christmas takings come in, the busiest time of the year in the business.

The court heard last week Blanche Retail had sent him a letter warning he would forfeit the lease unless arrears were paid. 

Mr Conway had a cheque for €20,000 in court which would bring him up to date, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan was told.

The judge last week granted lawyers for Mr Conway permission to serve at short notice his proceedings on Blanche Retail and also granted an order restraining the defendant from carrying out a threat to seize and sell some of his stock to pay off the arrears.

The case returned to court Thursday when the judge suggested the parties discuss the matter as Mr Conway had been locked out for the last few days during the run-up to the busy Christmas period.

Following those discussions, Ruth Cannon BL, for Mr Conway, told the judge she was happy to say the matter had been settled and an agreement would be handed in to court by a lawyer for the defendant. 

The case was put back to the New Year after the defendant undertook to have the agreement counter-signed in the interim.

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