Producer wins €11k in home plans row
Leading Irish film producer Julie Le Brocquy has been awarded just over €11,000 against an architect who, a judge said, had failed to provide her with "a reasonable standard of service".
Judge Jacqueline Linnane also dismissed a claim by the architect, John Pat Colclough, against Ms Le Brocquy for alleged outstanding professional fees and expenses amounting to €9,770.
Barrister Padraic Lyons had told the court that Ms Le Brocquy had retained Mr Colclough, formerly of Millbrook Hall, Abbeyleix, Co Laois, to advise her and prepare a planning application for a new rental property beside her home on Eglinton Road, Dublin 4.
Mr Lyons told the court she had already paid Mr Colclough, now a UK resident, more than €10,000 for his services.
Ms Le Brocquy (53), of 18-24 Eglinton Road, told the court Mr Colclough had advised her she could obtain planning permission for a four-bedroom development at No 18.
She said the application had been refused and entry of an appeal to An Bord Pleanala against Dublin City Council's refusal had been made a day late. A second application presented by Mr Colclough had been declared invalid.
Mr Colclough, in his claim for fees and expenses for work done between October 2009 and February 2011, claimed he had been paid €10,250 but alleged he was still owed €9,770.
Ms Le Brocquy denied she owed Mr Colclough the money and counterclaimed for breach of contract in that Mr Colclough had failed to provide the services contracted for in a professional manner and for loss, damage and inconvenience.
Judge Linnane yesterday dismissed Mr Colclough's claim and awarded Ms Le Brocquy €11,042. The judge said Ms Le Brocquy had not received a reasonable standard of service.