Court tells Clayton to provide statements in action against bank and accountants


A High Court judge has clarified what documents related to the expenses of U2 guitarist Adam Clayton should be disclosed for his action over alleged failure of a bank and firm of accountants to detect some €4.8 million was allegedly misappropriated from his bank accounts.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan confirmed yesterday that the documents to be provided by Mr Clayton include bank and credit card statements from June 2004 to November 2009. He was clarifying pre-trial discovery issues in the proceedings by Mr Clayton against Bank of Ireland Private Banking Ltd and Gaby Smyth Co, chartered accountants, Ballsbridge, Dublin. The action arises from allegations that Mr Clayton’s former personal assistant, Carol Hawkins, misappropriated sums from his bank accounts over five years to November 2009. He has brought separate proceedings against Ms Hawkins.