Sunday 17 December 2017

Two court cases on cards over Mansfield dispute

Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

Property magnate Jim Mansfield's dispute with an accountancy firm he hired to run his Palmerstown golf club in Kildare is set to intensify, with two court cases now on the cards.

On Friday, lawyers for Mr Mansfield asked the High Court to order accountancy firm Lansdowne Francs to hand over a reservations book.

Lansdowne Francs' contract to manage the Palmerstown golf club was terminated at the end of March.

In court, Mr Mansfield's lawyers complained that without the reservations book it had become impossible for the current management to properly plan for day-to-day business.

Mr Justice Brian McGovern refused to grant the order because the accountancy firm was not notified that an injunction was being sought. He ordered a hearing to be held today.

Martina Fagin, of Lansdowne Francs, said the firm was hired on a five-year contract to manage the Palmerstown facilities but the contract was terminated at the end of March. She said her company removed all of its own property from the premises, including the reservations book sought by Mr Mansfield.

She told the Irish Independent that the reservation book was the property of Saggart Lakes Aviation, a company Lansdowne Francs set up to run the Palmerstown club.

Ms Fagin said Lansdowne Francs was considering legal action in relation to the contract termination.

The Palmerstown club is understood to have multi-million euro debts owing to Irish Nationwide. Managers at Palmerstown did not return calls from the Irish Independent.

Irish Independent

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