Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Sylvia critic is defendant in court case

A Co Fermanagh-based solicitor has been listed as a defendant in a Dublin court action launched by aggrieved overseas property investors.

Solicitor Seymour Major — a prominent Conservative Party member in Northern Ireland — has said he will be strongly contesting the proceedings, which relate to an Indian investment project.

The main focus of the case is on an Irish businessman and his property company.

Mr Major is named as the third defendant due to a past role as a legal adviser to the firm.

The solicitor told the Belfast Telegraph yesterday that he will be strongly defending himself in the case, but could make no further comment at this stage.

The case is being taken through the Republic’s legal system against businessman Kieran Murphy and his property investment firm Kuvera Ireland.

It has been initiated by the Kuvera Action Group, representing people who invested money into two Kuvera-promoted property development projects in north east India.

These development plans have stalled and the investors are now seeking to recoup almost €9 million (£7.8m).

Their case will be heard in the Commercial Court.

In a statement last month, Kuvera Ireland said it had not misappropriated any funds but was concerned that investors’ monies may have been mismanaged by Indian-based companies.

It also stated that it had commissioned an investigation into the situation in India.

Mr Major’s law firm, Seymour Major Solicitors, is based in Enniskillen.

He comments on Northern Ireland politics from a Conservative perspective on his blog website ‘ Tory Story’.

It hit the headlines last month with a call for action to be taken by the UUP over Lady Sylvia Hermon.

The website noted that she had made no commitment on supporting her party’s electoral link-up with the Tories.

Lady Sylvia has subsequently stated that she will not be standing on a joint Conservative-UUP ticket at the next General Election.

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