Jervis Shopping Centre in Dublin has turned up the heat on several of its high-profile tenants in pandemic-related rental disputes by issuing legal writs, as retail industry lobbyists accused some shopping centres of ignoring the plight of retailers hit by the effects of virus restrictions.
JSC Properties, the offshore entity that owns the shopping centre, has issued proceedings in recent days for alleged non-payment of debt against four retailers. Court filings show they include the jewellers Fields, footwear retailer Schuh, Arcadia’s Topman fashion outlet, and one of the Jervis Street scheme’s main tenants, fashion retailer New Look.
JSC has hired Dublin solicitor Ivor Fitzpatrick to represent it against the tenants, who have not yet filed defences. JSC has sought summary judgment orders, which are considered an aggressive legal tactic where the plaintiff seeks a debt order from a judge without a trial. The retailers may yet dispute the claims.