Solicitor to the stars Gerald Kean, himself a high-spec car fan, will represent a dealership alleged not to have delivered on the purchase of a McLaren MP4 sports car by a Waterford medical consultant.
Edward O’Donnell claims he traded in his Ferrari California with Ocean Vehicle Trading Ltd and its director Oisín Legaspi on the basis it would part finance the purchase of a 2012 McLaren MP4 12C, which he says he never received.
Dr O’Donnell brought High Court proceedings against Ocean Vehicle Trading and Mr Legaspi, and obtained temporary freezing orders preventing a reduction of their assets below a value of €150,000.
The proceedings were adjourned yesterday by Ms Justice Miriam O’Regan after she was told that Keans Solicitors of Upper Pembroke St, Dublin, whose principal is Mr Kean, are to come on record for the defendants of Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.
Barrister Shaun Boylan, counsel for Dr O’Donnell, said all documents could be served on the defendants through that office. He said existing injunctions would remain in place.
Dr O’Donnell, of The Fairways, Faithlegg, Co Waterford, claims he first came into contact with Mr Legaspi, who was then working for another company, in 2013 when he was first purchasing his Ferrari. He claimed that, after that, he had been regularly contacted by Mr Legaspi asking if he wanted to upgrade his Ferrari and in June last he made an arrangement to trade in his Ferrari for the McLaren.
Dr O’Donnell said in a sworn statement he got a text message from Mr Legaspi in August, saying the new car was on its way to Ireland. The car was never delivered and he became concerned following an exchange of texts and calls with Mr Legaspi. Despite being assured the McLaren was en route, he eventually asked Mr Legaspi for either the return of the Ferrari; delivery of the McLaren; or his money back.
Later, he discovered the Ferrari was sold for €137,300, through a company that was dissolved last March; but was assured in an email in late August the money would be refunded. He told the court that, in spite of numerous assurances from Mr Legaspi, no refund had materialised. He later found all cars for sale had been removed from the company’s website.
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