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Saturday 20 September 2014

Solicitors sue client after row

A BUSINESSMAN who displayed a placard accusing a firm of solicitors of lying to him was sued for damages in the High Court today.

A BUSINESSMAN who displayed a placard accusing a firm of solicitors of lying to him was sued for damages in the High Court today.

Hugh Nelson, of McCaughan Park, Belfast, is the defendant in a libel action brought by four partners in the legal firm of Bogue and McNulty, Carlisle Circus, Belfast.

The partners are John Bogue, Billy McNulty, Conor Downey and Geraldine Cooley. Mr Nelson has denied libel and the action, which is being heard before Mr Justice Sheil and a jury, is expected to last over a week.

Opening the case for the four solicitors, Michael Lavery, QC, told the jury that Mr Nelson, who is in court, had been a client of the firm for a number of years until a dispute arose over a house transaction. He explained that the firm eventually arrived at an outstanding bill of £602 which they reduced to £400 but Mr Nelson refused to pay.

"Did they write off the bill or did he owe them £400? That's what this case is about," said Mr Lavery.

Subsequently, he said, Mr Nelson began appearing in public carrying a placard with the words: "Bogue and McNulty lied to me." He displayed it outside the firm's premises and at the Law Courts in Belfast. Later he began handing out a leaflet to passers-by.

"The firm brought these proceedings to try to put a stop to all this," he added. At hearing.

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