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.’
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.’
Ms Burki, from Lennox Gardens, in Chelsea, had signed up to the dating agency in 2014.
As well as looking for the ‘man of her dreams’, who was rich and had ‘multiple residences’, she was also searching for someone prepared to have more children with her.
Ms Burki had three at the time.
Worried about running out of time to have another child, she ‘felt very let down and disappointed by the fact that Mr Thomas’s claims for the service turned out to be untrue.’
As well as giving her her money back, the judge awarded her £500 for the ‘disappointment and sadness’ she suffered.
Her total award came to £13,100.
Against that, Ms Burki was ordered to pay Seventy Thirty £5,000 in libel damages after writing a damning Google review of the agency, describing it as ‘a scam’.
The judge said he did not think the agency was ‘fundamentally dishonest’.
Seventy Thirty founder Susie Ambrose said the dating firm had successfully matched over 6,000 lonely hearts and 63 babies had been born since she set it up in