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Burgess wins 120k commission clash

Protection broker Burgesses has won a court battle to get 120,000 in unpaid commission from Belfast insurance broker Campbell Hunter Consultants.

Campbell Hunter Consultants managing director Alan Vance was judged to have failed to pay Burgesses managing director Simon Burgess commission for introducing a 5m a year life insurance policy which was issued to the Royal Ulster Constabulary. He was ordered to pay Burgesses 128,830 to cover outstanding commission and accrued interest as well as the firm’s legal costs which Burgess claims to be in the region of 100,000.

His defence that Burgesses had failed to fulfil its contractual administrative obligations was thrown out by Judge Holt.

This is not the first civil case made brought Vance this year. In May, he was judged to have misappropriated funds at his former employer, Hughes and Co, where he was a director, and ordered to pay 7,792.

However, Vance’s solicitor Richard Murphy, senior partner at Edwards & Co, claims that the county court decree was obtained in error without Vance’s knowledge and he has moved to have the decree withdrawn.

Burgess says: “We need to be vigilant in choosing our business partners.”

Vance says: “I am a law-abiding citizen and I accept the judgment of the court. I am pleased that this thing is over and that neither I nor my company will have any conn- ection with Burgess and his trading entities.”

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