DIFC dismisses UK firm's case against DPG
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts has dismissed the case filed by Hopkins Architects, a British architectural company, against Dubai Properties Group (DPG) in unpaid fees and costs.
In an order passed recently, Justice Omar Almuhairi dismissed the case with “no order as to costs”.
The parties had agreed to have the proceedings stayed until November 21, 2010, to pursue justice by reconciliation through mediation. If settlement were reached, Hopkins’ (the claimant) legal representatives had to notify the Court by November 21.
A legal expert, who has handled cases in DIFC Courts, said: “We can deduce that the parties must have reached a settlement since the case has been dismissed.”
According to the court documents, Hopkins was suing DPG for more than Dh27 million for unpaid fees and costs over Central Park 08, a twin tower project, close to the Gate building in the DIFC.
It was hired in May 2005 by DPG with a contract value of Dh50.8 million but stopped working on the project in January 2010 due to the default in payments. In April 2010, DPG cancelled the contract and had said that it would counter-sue Hopkins.
DPG did not comment on the issue.
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