A company specialized in cleaning up oil spills has obtained a temporary freezing order against a couple to whom it claims it owes more than 140,000 euros for work carried out.
The ‘Mareva type freezing order was obtained by Microclean Environmental Ltd against company directors Gal and Orit Brahami.
The company alleges that the defendants are attempting to move their assets out of the jurisdiction in an alleged attempt to avoid paying the company the €147,000 it claims it is owed for clearing a property in Dublin.
Pursuing the warrant, the company claims that in 2016 the couple, residing at Waterfall Road, Raheny, Dublin 5, hired Microclean to investigate and remediate a major oil spill at a property the Brahamis had recently purchased in Pery Lane, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. .
The company alleges that the work it carried out on behalf of the couple cost a total of €192,000 and that €147,000 remains pending.
The company said it agreed with the defendants that the balance would be paid after the Brahamis concluded their negligence lawsuit against the party responsible for the oil spill.
That legal action, it is alleged, has been resolved and is currently deferred to a date in July to allow implementation of the settlement agreement.
Microclean says that despite the agreement and having waited five years to be paid for his work, the balance of what the couple owes him has not been paid.
The alleged couple has no intention of paying what is owed.
He has initiated a procedure in which he intends to recover what is supposedly owed to him.
Microclean states that it is concerned that the money paid to the couple as part of the settlement will be withdrawn from the jurisdiction by them and that it will not recover anything that is owed to it.
The company claims that the property where the cleanup took place was sold last year, and published accounts of its trading company showed a loss of €500,000 for the year 2020.
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It also alleged that the couple are relocating their nail business out of state as they incorporated a trading company of the same name with a registered address in Belfast.
Microclean also suspects that the couple lives outside the jurisdiction in Northern Ireland or Spain.
Fearing that the couple, failing to comply with the agreement signed by the parties, will not pay Microclean the balance of what is owed and due to this, a proceeding has been initiated before the Superior Court requesting the preventive seizure order and a sentence for €147,000 against the couple.
The matter will return to court next week.