Television presenter Noel Edmonds is facing losses of up to £1 million pounds after a judge ruled against him on two claims in the construction court.
The Deal or No Deal presenter accused his friend Ulrik Lawson of breaking a promise over a property deal which left him nearly £500,000 out of pocket.
Mr Lawson and his wife Judy – owners of Lawson developments – launched a counter claim to recover money for building work on another property bought by Mr Edmonds.
Sitting in the Technology and Construction Court, Mr Justice Wilcox ruled against the Noel’s House Party presenter on both claims.
The initial claim related to a £2.1 million house bought by the friends in South Tawton, Devon, in 2006.
The court heard that Mr Edmonds and Mr Lawson each invested £300,000 in the deal, planning to build houses on the site.
But planning permission was never granted and Mr Edmonds told the court he had lost £572,000 after the property was sold two years later at a loss.
Mr Edmonds received £52,000 back, while Mr Lawson got his full £300,000, the court was told.
The presenter claims he was persuaded to enter the deal after Mr Lawson told him his investment would be “repaid in priority” when the house was sold.
But Justice Wilcox said there had been no promise given by Mr Lawson to give Mr Edmond’s payment priority.
He said Mr Edmonds had no entitlement to the claimed £300,000.
Mr Lawson had also made a £260,000 counter-claim against Mr Edmonds for unpaid work on an Exeter property.
Mr Edmonds claimed Mr Lawson had agreed to refurbish the property for free.
But Mr Lawson denied any agreement arguing that he was a “construction professional” who “could not afford to work in such a way”.
Justice Wilcox ruled the Lawsons were entitled to the £638,512 worth of work undertaken at the property.
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