No judgment on McKillen case

Judgment on Paddy McKillen’s high court clash with the Barclay brothers may not be handed down until the autumn.

Judge David Richard this morning reserved judgment in the case following a two-month trial.

His lengthy written ruling may be released before the legal year ends on 31 July, but could be much later in the year, after the summer vacation ends on 1 October.

During the trial, which began in March and ended yesterday, McKillen claimed that Sir David and Sir Trevor Barclay had shown “no mercy” to him in their quest to take over the hotel group that includes Claridge’s, the Connaught and the Berkeley.

The Barclay brothers publicly acknowledge their desire to acquire complete control and ownership of Coroin, but deny any wrongdoing and say that McKillen’s claims are calculated to “embarrass” them and tarnish their reputations.