A BUSINESSWOMAN who sued an elite dating agency for failing to find her a ‘wealthy’ partner has won more than £13,000 after a High Court battle.
Divorcée Tereza Burki wanted a ‘sophisticated gentleman’, ideally working in finance, when she got in touch with Seventy Thirty in central London.
But she claimed she was ‘tricked’ into paying £12,600 after it ‘made promises but failed to produce the goods’.
In her action for deceit and misrepresentation, the 47-year-old sought the return of her membership fee and damages for distress, while the agency sued her for libel and malicious falsehood over two online reviews of its service.
Awarding £13,100 to Ms Burki yesterday, judge Richard Parkes said: ‘Her re The mother-of-three was ‘induced’ to sign up by the agency’s then managing director, Lemarc Thomas, who told her it had a substantial number of wealthy members who matched her criteria.
But the judge said there were around 100 active male members, which could not ‘by any stretch of the imagination’ be described as a substantial number. Ms Burki said she was ‘frustrated’ and in a ‘state of emotional turmoil’ because she was so disappointed with the service she received, in part because she was ‘running out of time’ to have more children.
In his ruling, the judge ordered Ms Burki, of Chelsea, central London, to pay Seventy Thirty £5,000 in libel damages over a 2016 Google review in which she described the agency as a ‘scam’. After the hearing Susie Ambrose, founder of Seventy Thirty, said: ‘Ms Burki entered into membership with the wrong assumption about the number of potential gentlemen we would introduce her to. We are a niche agency, not a mass-market dating service — we are not going to have thousands of members because there simply aren’t thousands of single, wealthy, high-calibre prospects out there.’