End of McKillen’s £20m legal struggle

Property developer Paddy McKillen has lost the final stage in his £20 million court battle in London against the billionaire Barclay brothers for control of three of the city’s finest luxury hotels, it has emerged.

In a brief ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court in London decided to refuse permission to the Belfast-born businessman to appeal a Court of Appeal judgment issued in September.

Permission was refused “because the application does not raise a point of law of general public importance which ought to be considered by the Supreme Court at this time bearing in mind that the case has already been the subject of judicial decision and reviewed on appeal”.

Last night a spokesman for Mr McKillen said: “Quite honestly we are amazed and disappointed . . . we are following other legal options open to us.” Source: The Irish Times