Wednesday 13 December 2017

Senator settles legal action taken against her by solicitors

Ray Managh

SENATOR and barrister Lorraine Higgins today settled a €21,000 claim brought against her in the Circuit Civil Court for professional fees by solicitors Matheson Ormsby Prentice.

She had been sued by the Dublin firm of solicitors for legal services provided to her when the company had represented her in an earlier court case in 2006.

Senator Higgins, of Devon Place, Galway, had disputed the amount claimed on the basis that the legal firm, which has its head offices at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin, had overcharged her in its Bill of Costs.

She had made a counter claim against Matheson Ormsby Prentice on the grounds of alleged professional negligence by them but barrister Rudi Neuman Shanahan, counsel for the firm of solicitors, had asked Judge Matthew Deery to strike it out.

Mr Shanahan said Ms Higgins’s “wholly unparticularised” counter claim should be struck out on the basis it could only have been initiated in separate proceedings.

Judge Deery said that before ruling on Mr Shanahan’s application he would invite both parties to engage with each other during the lunch recess.

“The parties are all professional people involved in the legal profession and it may benefit them ultimately if a matter of this nature is discussed in the hope of achieving an outcome of benefit to all sides,” he said.

Mr Shanahan later told the court the matter had been settled and a confidential agreement had been reduced to writing and could be added to the court file with leave to apply again to the court if necessary.

No details of the settlement were mentioned in public.

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