Monday 21 October 2019

Solicitor Gerald Kean open for business in new office after Dublin City Sheriff took over previous premises

Orders: Workers for the Dublin City Sheriff remove items from Gerald Kean’s offices in Dublin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Orders: Workers for the Dublin City Sheriff remove items from Gerald Kean’s offices in Dublin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Orders: Workers for the Dublin City Sheriff remove items from Gerald Kean’s offices in Dublin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Dublin solicitor Gerald Kean will tomorrow open for business in a new office in the city centre after being forced out of his previous premises by the city Sheriff last Friday.

The prominent lawyer is set to open his business in Trinity Street, just off Dame Street, close to the old Central Bank building.

His previous offices on Pembroke Street Upper, near St Stephen’s Green, were taken over last Friday, and a large quantity of property removed from it, by the Dublin City Sheriff in what appears to be related to debts of more than €280,000.

Shortly after 8am on Friday, staff from the Sheriff’s office and a locksmith arrived at the premises and gained entry after a worker went in.

It is understood they requested her to leave so they could carry out their work under the terms of an execution order.

Documents obtained by the Irish Independent show that Mr Kean has three orders listed against him.

The first is for €60,307.33; the second is for €179,317.37; and the third is for €41,119.03.

Mr Kean said that the matter related to a move to his new office which became delayed.

He said he had agreed to leave the Pembroke Street offices by January 31 but had not because he had difficulty securing a new premises.

“Unfortunately I ran into terrible difficulty because I had been offered premises all over the city but they weren’t suitable to my business and unfortunately I couldn’t get out at the end of January,” he said on Friday.

“Only this week did I secure a premises which I was hoping to move into next week but I’m actually moving into sooner with the consent of the landlord,” he added.

“I left it too late. To be fair to the landlord I should have secured them earlier but I couldn’t do it. I should have put more time and effort into it, and to be fair I can’t criticise the landlord, they didn’t see one thing being moved this week, not even the signs off the doors,” Mr Kean explained.

After gaining access to the Pembroke Street offices the Sheriff staff changed the lock on the front door and then began to fill a van with items of antique furniture they removed from the offices.

These included a number of chairs and tables, as well as large ornate cabinets with inlaid wood designs.

A large painting, carried by two men, was also taken from the offices.

When one van became full a second vehicle was used to remove a very large ornate antique sideboard.

The operation took more than an hour and when it was over the vans were driven away by Sheriff staff and the locksmith also left.

A number of security guards remained in the building after the locks were changed.

The estate agents leasing the Trinity premises had previously advertised the 2,125 sq.ft. (197.4 sq.m.) property for rent at €65,000 per annum, plus VAT if applicable.

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