Legal action over terms of reference in Siteserv case settled

Island Capital Management to waive privilege over document

Under the settlement of the dispute between Island Capital Management Ltd and the commission of investigation into certain transactions of IBRC, a statement was read to the court on Tuesday.

Under the settlement of the dispute between Island Capital Management Ltd and the commission of investigation into certain transactions of IBRC, a statement was read to the court on Tuesday.

 

A legal action concerning the use of documents, and interpretation of the terms of reference, by the State investigation into the sale of Siteserv has been resolved at the High Court.

Under the settlement of the dispute between Island Capital Management Ltd and the commission of investigation into certain transactions of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), a statement was read to the court on Tuesday.

It said the settlement “has been entered into in order to ensure that the work of the commission is not delayed”.

Island – which led the 2012 acquisition of Siteserv (now called Actavo) by Millington, a company controlled by businessman Denis O’Brien – has agreed to waive legal privilege over “the one particular document in which the commission has expressed interest”, it was stated.

Island had expressed concerns from September 2016 about the meaning of the commission’s terms of reference and the statement said the commission acknowledged, having received written and oral submissions by interested parties, that it “first delivered a detailed interpretation of its terms of reference on January 10th, 2019”.

The commission will respond to any additional concerns of Island or others that there remains any ambiguity or lack of clarity in its interpretation of its terms of reference, it was stated.

Contribution to costs

It was also stated, “in recognition of the foregoing”, the commission had agreed to make a “contribution” to Island’s costs of the legal proceedings.

Before the statement was read, Michael Cush SC, for Island, said there were various notice parties to the action and, while his side had not managed to communicate with all of them, he believed they would recognise the settlement ended the proceedings.

After the statement was read by John Hennessy SC, for the commission, Mr Justice Seamus Noonan agreed to make an order striking out the proceedings.

Brian Cregan, a High Court judge, is the sole member of the commission investigating the Siteserv deal, which involved IBRC writing off €110 million of the Siteserv debt when it was sold. The investigation is being conducted in private.