Friday 18 October 2019

Receiver gets go ahead to pursue publisher White's home

Publisher Trevor White
Publisher Trevor White

Tim Healy

Publisher Trevor White has pulled out of moves to seek a personal insolvency arrangement to deal with his debts, the High Court heard.

It means a fund-appointed receiver's application to take possession of Mr White's family home in Mountpleasant Square, Ranelagh, Dublin, valued at around €1.3m, can now go ahead against him and other members of his family.

He had obtained a protective certificate - a precursor to a personal insolvency arrangement - from the Circuit Court. But yesterday Rossa Fanning SC, for the receiver and the fund, told the High Court Mr White has consented to withdraw the certificate.

His protective cert application arose out of separate proceedings relating to €5.6m in debts run up by himself, his wife, cookbook author Susan Jane White, and Mr White's parents Peter and Alicia White.

Those proceedings, in the main, arose out of an alleged breach of a settlement agreement entered into in May 2017 in relation to a number of loan facilities advanced in 2005.

The loans were from Bank of Scotland Ireland to Peter, Alicia and Trevor White, to a trust into which ownership of the house was put, and a company, Dublin Land Securities, Wellington Road, Dublin. The trustees of the trust, the Mountpleasant Settlement, are Trevor White and his parents.

The loans were later bought by Feniton Property Finance.

Feniton claimed they breached the 2017 settlement because they did not make a promised payment of €4m. As a result, it appointed Ken Tyrrell as receiver and issued proceedings.

A central issue in the case was the Mountpleasant Square house where Trevor and Susan Jane White live with their two children. As part of its proceedings, Feniton and Mr Tyrrell applied for an injunction seeking vacant possession of the house.

The fund also sought summary judgment in relation to the overall debt.

Mr Justice Quinn adjourned the matter to next month for mention when a hearing date will be set.

Irish Independent

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