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Filmmaker Jim Sheridan claimed the solicitors firm had agreed €5,000 legal fees but that he later received an invoice for €68,000. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Filmmaker Jim Sheridan claimed the solicitors firm had agreed €5,000 legal fees but that he later received an invoice for €68,000. Photo: Steve Humphreys

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Filmmaker Jim Sheridan claimed the solicitors firm had agreed €5,000 legal fees but that he later received an invoice for €68,000. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Filmmaker Jim Sheridan has become mired in a lengthy costs dispute with a Dublin-based firm of solicitors over legal fees incurred in a house sale.

Mr Sheridan has claimed the solicitors firm agreed conveyancing fees for €5,000 but that he later received an invoice for €68,000.

The case of Jim Sheridan vs Kirwan McKeown James Solicitors is due to be heard on a date in February before the legal costs adjudicator Barry Magee.

On Thursday, Mr Sheridan told Mr Magee the matter had been ongoing for “seven years, seven goddamn years”, and he was anxious that the matter would be resolved.

Mr Sheridan, who is a lay litigant, meaning he is representing himself, said he had complied with the submission requests and a list of witnesses, even though this took place around the time of the death of his wife Fran.

He questioned why nothing was said when the law firm missed a submission deadline in December.

Mr Magee said he had given Kirwan McKeown James and their legal representatives until February 8 to lodge additional information.

He then explained to Mr Sheridan how the hearing would proceed, saying both parties could give evidence and can be cross-examined on that evidence.

Mr Magee said the case was listed for a day, and would be an in-person hearing.

He told Mr Sheridan he did not usually give a decision on the hearing day, but liked to look over the case afterwards, and give his adjudication on another date.

The role of the Office of the Legal Costs Adjudicator is to provide access to “independent, impartial and objective resolution of legal costs disputes”.

This is not the first time Mr Sheridan has become involved in a legal dispute over a property.

In 2010, the director and his wife settled a €4m High Court lawsuit with a number of companies over allegedly defective works to their home in Dalkey, south Dublin.

A successful director and filmmaker, Mr Sheridan’s most recent project was Murder At The Cottage, a five-part documentary on the 1996 Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder case.

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Between 1989 and 1993, he directed two critically acclaimed films set in Ireland, My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father and later directed The Boxer and In America. He has received six Oscar nominations.

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