Financial IT consultancy boss wins £6m over botched facelift

Financial IT consultancy boss wins £6m over botched facelift

A British woman has been awarded nearly £6.2 million in damages after a botched facelift which contributed to the collapse of her financial and IT consultancy business.

Penny Johnson, from Godstone, Surrey, brought the case against Dr Le Roux Fourie after a procedure in 2003 left her with nerve damage and a "monster eye". At the same time, she had her breast implants replaced, causing her pain, according to press reports.

Johnson argued that the botched procedure left her unable to work, leading to the collapse of her IT and financial consultancy Bishop Cavanagh, which went into administration in 2009.

She asked for a proportion of the £54 million she claimed was her potential loss from the failure of the business, in which she held a 50% stake.

Fourie admitted liability but denied Johnson's claims that the surgery had been "experimental" and suggested her losses were around £9 million, not £54 million.

At the High Court, sitting in London, Mr Justice Owen awarded Johnson £6,190,884.92, mainly relating to past and future lost earnings.

Johnson now runs another business with her husband called BC Direct, a consultancy focussed on core banking and payment systems.

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