A significant dispute about legal costs has arisen between FBD Insurance and four pubs who successfully challenged a failure to compensate them for disruption they suffered due to Covid-19.

Earlier this month, Mr Justice Denis McDonald found a policy sold by FBD covered losses the pubs sustained by having to close due to the pandemic.

The decision is expected to affect claims made by around 1,000 pubs and restaurants. 

The four test cases were taken by Dublin pubs, Sinnotts Bar, the Leopardstown Inn and Lemon & Duke as well Athlone pub, Sean's Bar. 

The matter was back before the court today and a further hearing will be held next week. 

Lawyers for FBD said the company had already signalled it accepted the court's ruling and would not be appealing it. However, lawyers for the pubs have not ruled out an appeal on the issue of indemnity in the judgment. 

Senior Counsel, Declan McGrath for FBD, said a significant dispute had arisen between the parties on the issue of costs and that is one of the matters that will be argued before the court next week. 

The court will also set a date for a hearing after Easter on the amount of money that should be paid to the pubs and how the amounts should be determined.

FBD says such a hearing may not be necessary, but lawyers for the pubs urged Judge McDonald to set a date, saying their clients had not received any payment and the matter was urgent for them.

The case will be back before the court on 26 February when legal submissions will be heard on some of the outstanding issues.