Marco Pierre White Faces Massive Legal Bill
Published on Jun 20 2013 3:14 PM in Restaurant
UK chef Marco Pierre White has been hit with a legal bill for hundreds of thousands of pounds, after losing a High Court challenge against two former business partners.
The celebrity chef claimed that Andrew Parton and Peter Featherman had breached an agreement on the running of The Yew Tree restaurant in Highclere, Berkshire, stating that he had lost out on shares worth some £175,000.
However, the High Court judge dismissed White's claim for damages, ruling that the chef must pay all costs of the case. Mr Justice Morgan asserted that White had not been 'honest' in his claim, and had "brought utterly misconceived proceedings" to the Court.
The case centered on a dispute over whether an agreement had been conditional on Marco Pierre White's name being associated with The Yew Tree. The celebrity chef's name is linked with Dublin restaurant Fitzers, operating under 'Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill' at 51 Dawson St, Dublin 2.