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Monday 5 December 2016

Van Morrison's wife in new legal dispute with her neighbours

Michelle Morrison
Michelle Morrison
Van Morrison

THE wife of musician Van Morrison is embroiled in a new legal dispute with her neighbours.

The case was briefly mentioned in the High Court yesterday when Michelle Morrison's solicitor asked for permission not to represent her any longer in the case as, the court was told, the relationship between them had broken down.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan urged both Ms Morrison and her solicitor to take a step back and attempt to resolve the matter.

He said Ms Morrison faced a High Court action without representation as the case is due to kick off at the end of this month.

Ms Morrison, of Kilcross House, Sorrento, Road, Dalkey, has brought a case against her neighbours Desmond and Mary Kavanagh of 'Mount Alverno'.

It is understood the proceedings concern an alleged agreement in relation to a view affecting her property.

Last year, a legal action over alleged interference with privacy at her home as a result of works at the neighbour's house was settled. In that action, Ms Morrison sought orders overturning Dun Laoghaire Co Council's decision to accept that redevelopment work at the Kavanaghs' home had complied with planning permission.

The council and the Kavanaghs, who were notice parties, both disputed her claims.

irrevocably

In an application yesterday for her solicitor to "come off record", Gemma Carroll BL said the relationship between Ms Morrison and her solicitor had irrevocably broken down.

Ms Morrison had made certain allegations in an affidavit which are completely refuted, counsel said. Mark Sanfey SC, who was representing Ms Morrison for the application before the court, said the main case is set down for hearing by the court for 10 days starting on June 30 next.

Ms Morrison, he said, is totally unprepared for the case and a witness on her side will able be unavailable at that time.

Mr Justice Gilligan said it appeared certain differences have arisen between Ms Morrison and her solicitor and an allegation has been raised in relation to professional fees.

The case will come before the court again on Thursday.

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