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George Best Statue

Belfast sculptor Tony Currie came under fire this week following the unveiling of his statue of late footballer George Best.

The statue, which has been erected outside the Olympia Leisure Centre near Windsor Park in Belfast, has been criticised for bearing almost no likeness to Mr Best. Fans on Twitter likened it to Columbo and “a zombie in Spandau Ballet”.

In Mr Currie’s case, the statue was a passion project, and he provided much of the funding himself, with the rest being crowdfunded by fans. Although the statute may be an eyesore, no one appears to have been left significantly out of pocket other than Mr Currie himself. But what about those who suffer from similar cases of poor workmanship, particularly in relation to work they have paid a tradesman to carry out in their home?

If this is the case, you will have rights under the Consumer Rights Act 2015. Generally, consumers contracting with tradesmen to provide them with a service can expect any work to be done with reasonable care and skill, and if the work is not up to scratch, like Mr Currie’s work, then they are entitled to demand a repeat performance.  If this is not carried out within a reasonable time and without significant inconvenience, then they will have the right to repeat performance.

There may be little that can be done to resolve the issue of the unflattering statue in Belfast, but should you have an issue with poor workmanship at home, Jackson Boyd may be able to help. Our specialist team can be contacted for advice on 0333 060 5725.


Van McKellar

Van McKellar

Dispute Resolution Team

“I see my role as a problem solver – seeking to understand the factual basis of my clients’ disputes and applying a legal and commercial analysis in seeking to resolve them, whether by negotiation or by means of litigation or some other alternative means of dispute resolution.”

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