Cullen drops legal battle against Ulster Bank receivers

Bill Cullen

Bill Cullen has dropped all legal challenges that he had mounted in the Commercial Court against the approach taken by Ulster Bank-appointed receivers in selling assets of his companies.

The High Court yesterday heard Mr Cullen, who owes the bank €11.5m, will not now face a huge legal costs bill because of his agreement to the sale of five of his properties for €8.3m.

He told the court there was another eight properties to be sold and the bank would get its money.

Mr Cullen had sought declarations that he has an interest in a number of lands and properties over which the receivers were appointed in 2012 and 2013, including properties in Dublin, Wexford, Clare, Kerry, Wicklow, and Laois.

He had also looked for declarations that the appointment of the receivers were null and void and had made allegations of breaches of Central Bank and Consumer Protection Codes.

His legal proceedings had been taken against the bank, its receivers, and other defendants, including companies, solicitors acting for the bank Arthur Cox, and named individual solicitors and estate agents acting in the intended sales of the assets.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly was told the case was being withdrawn on the basis none of the parties would seek their legal costs against Mr Cullen.

The judge said he accepted a letter tendered on Mr Cullen’s behalf by a law firm that the proceedings were being discontinued and he struck out the case. Mr Cullen, who attended court with his partner Jackie Lavin, said he was agreeable to that course of action.

Bernard Dunleavy, counsel for the bank, the receivers, Arthur Cox solicitors, and individual partners and solicitors of that firm, said his clients had agreed not to seek their legal costs as a result of the action against them being discontinued.

The judge struck out a number of lis pendensnotices (notifications of pending litigation) over a range of properties in which Mr Cullen claimed to have a beneficial interest.

The properties included assets of the Glencullen Group of companies and several parcels of land over which receivers had been appointed.


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