THE DUBLIN solicitor at the centre of a €9m bank loan probe has been ordered to attend a court hearing next Tuesday.
The High Court took the unprecedented step of ordering that advertisments be placed in newspapers to publicly serve notice on Thomas Byrne and make sure he turns up for the 11am hearing.
No bench warrent has been issued against the missing Walkinstown-based solicitor and no criminal proceedings are planned at this stage.
But staff working for IIB Bank have so far failed to serve notices on him at both his Walkinstown Road office address and what is believed to be his city centre flat on Lad Lane, off Baggot Street.
Byrne is the subject of an on-going Law Society investigation and there is now a suggestion that the amount of money he owes banks or other financial institutions may be DOUBLE what IIB Bank want to talk to him about.
IIB Bank gave him €9m last month off the back of security in the shape of 20 properties he showed them deeds for, tried to get him to fax them documents on Friday when they became concerned about the nature of mortgages on some of the properties and contacted the Law Society after he failed to do so.
The Law Society ran an audit on his firm and shut it down, slapping notices on his windows saying any clients should find themselves another solicitor.
Byrne has already form for misconduct – having been found guily on eight counts last December.