Barrister fails to overturn €356,000 bill for purchase of Joycean site
Dublin barrister Brendan Kilty has failed in his Supreme Court appeal to overturn a High Court decision that he must pay €356,000 to a consultancy firm related to a property investment.
Mr Kilty (54), a qualified quantity surveyor and Joycean enthusiast, had spent a considerable sum of money to acquire a development site in Sandycove, Dublin, with €3.4m in financial backing from Irish Nationwide.
Part of the site included his family home and he had bought two premises adjacent to it.
However, having failed to secure planning permission, he came under pressure to repay loans associated with the site.
In 2004, Mr Kilty enlisted Campion Property Consultants to engage with Irish Nationwide on his behalf.
The site was subsequently sold at auction for €3.7m. Campion later issued a summary summons against Mr Kilty seeking payment of its fee.
In 2009, the High Court ordered Mr Kilty to pay €356,000, plus interest, to Campion Property Consultants.
But Mr Kilty, who restored the home in which the James Joyce novel 'The Dead' was set, appealed to the Supreme Court claiming Campion didn't have authority to auction the site.
But the Supreme Court has upheld the High Court decision.