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SUNDAY LIFE article by journalist CIARAN McGUIGAN on 16 Castlehill Road dated 20/3/2005.

The luxury home of a disgraced lawyer, who owed hundreds of thousands to clients, has finally been put on the market.
And the vast five-bedroom property, in a leafy suburb of east Belfast, is expected to go for a whopping 700,000.
The For Sale sign went up outside Alan Nurse's Castlehill Road property last week, more than a year after he lost a legal battle to hold on to his home.
The prestigious detached property, known as "The Chummery', is described by the selling agents as giving "an excellent feeling of space".
In includes three large reception rooms, five bedrooms including master with en suite bathroom, a study, a modern fitted kitchen and well-stocked gardens.
Potential buyers were being shown around the house last Friday.
Sunday Life understands that Mr Nurse left the property in recent weeks.
In a High court ruling early last year, Mr Justice Girvan approved a possession order by the Law Society, which wanted to sell the house to meet the debt claims of Mr Nurses's former clients.
At the time of the judgment, Mr Justice Girvan said the possession order was "necessary in the interests of justice" and that it would enable the Law Society to "liquidate the only real asset" to meet the solicitor's debts.
He added, however, that the sale should not proceed until Mr Nurse's son had finished important school exams.
At that time, the Society had already liquidated some 360,000 worth of assets from the solicitor, and had paid out hundreds of thousands from its compensation fund to claimants.
The total debt claims were expected to top 500,000, plus costs running into six figures.
The shortfall in Mr Nurse's client accounts was discovered following an inquiry by the Law society.
That investigation revealed that the solicitor had been "involved in highly irregular activities".
The estate agents handling the sale of the house, Templeton Robinson, refused to discuss the property when contacted yesterday.
The firm has invited offers of over 695,000 for the property.



[By a remarkable coincidence, this magnificent dwelling is next door to my mentally-handicapped brother Freddie's magnificent home at No. 14 Castlehill Road. Solicitors seem to be extremely keen to be seen to be living in such a beautiful area of Belfast. Solicitors plundered my brother's estate to get their hands on No. 14 while this solicitor plundered his clients' accounts to get his hands on No. 16.]



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