‘An act of betrayal’

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Barry English: the founder and managing director of Winthrop Engineering, which has annual revenues of €150 million Pic: Courtpix

Architect Jerry Ryan is suing his friend Barry English over alleged misappropriation of funds, in a complex legal battle that has become remarkably bitter and personal

Barry English “was a friend, a close confidant and someone I trusted”, prominent boomtime architect Jerry Ryan told the Commercial Court last Friday. That was back in 2011 when Ryan was in financial difficulties.

Now, the court heard, the 59-year-old Ryan is suing the businessman in a complex, high-stakes legal battle for allegedly misappropriating monies in a Middle Eastern venture involving a “sham” deal and an “act of betrayal”.

The backdrop is a prized $41 million...

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