Mother wins £12,600 from dating agency that failed to find ‘man of her dreams’

A divorced mum has successfully sued a dating agency after it failed to find her the ‘man of her dreams’.

Tereza Burki, 47, got a £12,600 refund from Seventy Thirty after a High Court judge ruled the firm had deceived her.

Judge Richard Parkes QC told the court: ‘Gertrude Stein quipped that whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.

‘This case is about a woman looking for romantic happiness who says she was tricked into shopping in the wrong place, paying a large sum to a dating agency which, she says, made promises but failed to produce the goods.’

Tereza Burki outside High Court during hearing in her claim against dating agency Seventy Thirty Ltd. Image by Paul Keogh. Note: All first use in print editions to be considered 'live' for payment purposes. No library pic fees for first use.
Tereza Burki outside High Court (Picture: Paul Keogh

Upholding Ms Burki’s claim, he ruled the agency’s then managing director, Lemarc Thomas, was guilty of misleading her, mainly because there were only 100 members actively looking for love but the company boasted it had 7,000 on its books.

The judge added: ‘A membership of 100 active men cannot by any stretch of the imagination be described as a substantial number.

‘The representations made by Mr Thomas were therefore false and misleading.’


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