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U2 star Adam Clayton coy about telling court how he spends cash

Tim Healy

Published 23/02/2012 | 05:00

U2 star Adam Clayton suing Bank of Ireland private banking
U2 star Adam Clayton suing Bank of Ireland private banking

U2 BASS player Adam Clayton's lawyers are disputing how much detail he must give about his spending as part of a case over €4.8m which was allegedly taken from his bank accounts.

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Mr Clayton is suing Bank of Ireland Private Banking and chartered accounting firm Gaby Smyth & Co, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, arising out of claims that his former personal assistant, Carol Hawkins, misappropriated the money over five years until November 2009.

In November last year, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan made a series of orders and directions in relation to the disclosure of documents and exchange of material between the parties in advance of the full hearing.

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Now Mr Clayton's lawyers, and lawyers representing his former accountants, are disputing the detail of those directions.

Mr Justice Gilligan said he would clarify a ruling he made on the matter last year by listening back to the digital court recording of the hearing. He would give his decision on the matter in two weeks, he said.

Mr Clayton is seeking €4.38m damages and €4.8m damages respectively against the defendants for alleged negligence and breach of contract arising from the alleged misappropriation by Ms Hawkins of the €4.8m.

The claims are denied.

Irish Independent

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