Leagas Shafron makes promise to former staff

- Leagas Shafron Davis this week promised early settlement of its financial obligations to 14 staff -- almost half its workforce -- fired three weeks ago.

- Leagas Shafron Davis this week promised early settlement of its financial obligations to 14 staff -- almost half its workforce -- fired three weeks ago.

Many of those made redundant have been consulting lawyers because of the beleaguered agency's failure so far to pay February salaries owed to them and offer compensation for notice periods ranging from a month to a year.

Mike Davis, Leagas Shafron's managing director, confirmed that the agency had received a writ from a senior creative, but claimed its issue was likely to be superseded by negotiations that were shortly to be concluded.

"Nobody has received anything yet because our bankers and accountants are working on the final package," he said.

Davis added that the agency was in "constructive talks" with builders who have halted refurbishment of the agency's new offices near London's Oxford Street.

Leagas Shafron was forced to axe staff to head off a financial crisis caused by its loss of the Royal and Sun Alliance business and the cost of buying itself out of the Wilkens European network.





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