Saturday 10 December 2016

Leading ballet dancer and former lover in court over company row

Aodhan O'Faolain

Published 20/08/2015 | 02:30

Fraser Brown, business partner of ballet dancer Monica Loughman
Fraser Brown, business partner of ballet dancer Monica Loughman
Monica Loughman

A HIGH Court injunction obtained by ballet dancer Monica Loughman against her former lover and business partner is to remain in place until a dispute between them is determined by the court.

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Ms Loughman, of Castleside Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin, brought proceedings against her fellow shareholder and former partner Fraser Brown in respect of the Monica Loughman Ballet Company Ltd, which was set up in 2011.

Ballerina Monica Loughman was the first non-Russian to become a soloist with the Perm State Ballet.
Ballerina Monica Loughman was the first non-Russian to become a soloist with the Perm State Ballet.

The company operates a school and other activities and had been Ireland's biggest ballet company, with a roster of more than 50 dancers.

Last month, Ms Loughman secured a temporary High Court injunction aimed at preventing Mr Brown from terminating her employment with the company or from having the company liquidated.

Mr Brown was also prevented from interfering with her work as a ballet teacher and with the property and equipment necessary to carry out her work.

Mr Brown, of Willow Park Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin, who represented himself in court, had previously indicated his opposition to the injunction.

When the matter was returned before the High Court yesterday, barrister Benedict Ó Floinn, counsel for Ms Loughman, said that following talks with Mr Brown there was now agreement between the parties that steps would be taken to ensure the case was heard as soon as possible.

Mr Ó Floinn said there was also consent that the injunction would remain in place.

He said a formal statement of claim would be served on Mr Brown in three weeks and he could then file a defence to Ms Loughman's claim.

Ms Justice Baker said she was satisfied to adjourn the matter.

Ms Loughman alleges in her proceedings that, following the end of their personal relationship, Mr Brown agreed he would no longer be part of the business.

She alleged that Mr Brown, who acted as the company's finance manager, refused to disengage from the company or from her life generally. She feared that, arising out of his alleged actions, her reputation in Ireland and internationally would be damaged.

Ms Loughman alleges Mr Brown continued to control the company and passes off his actions as hers.

Irish Independent

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