The High Court has been told that Seán Quinn Snr, who is serving a nine-week prison sentence for contempt of court, has dismissed his lawyer.
Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne was told that during a professional visit Mr Quinn told his lawyer his services were no longer required.
The judge was also told that Seán Quinn Jnr has a new legal team.
She was told that Mr Quinn Jnr needed time to note lengthy correspondence from IBRC, and that it was his intention to purge his contempt.
Ms Justice Dunne said this sounded very promising, and she adjourned the matter until 13 December.