NEWS: Bates Dorland admits to wrongful dismissal

A settlement of the dispute between Bates Dorland and Paul Twivy, its former group chief executive, has moved nearer with an admission by the agency that Twivy was wrongfully dismissed.

A settlement of the dispute between Bates Dorland and Paul Twivy, its

former group chief executive, has moved nearer with an admission by the

agency that Twivy was wrongfully dismissed.



But Dorlands’ lawyers claim Twivy has forfeited the right to

compensation by refusing to take the alternative international job he

was offered. Now the two sides must either reach agreement on the

question of compensation or settle it in the High Court early next year.



Jean de Yturbe, the Bates Europe chairman, said the group was following

legal advice not to comment on the case.



Twivy met Bob Seelert, the chief executive of the Bates group’s Cordiant

parent, on Tuesday evening to discuss the agency’s response to his writ

which was issued earlier this month (Campaign, 18 October).



Dorlands and its lawyers must now decide whether to offer a financial

settlement to Twivy or defend themselves in the High Court.



If the case was to go ahead, it is likely that Seelert, Michael Bungey,

the Bates worldwide chairman, and Graham Hinton, the Dorlands chairman,

would be required to give evidence.



Twivy issued a writ alleging breach of contract shortly after leaving

the agency and having rejected the offer of a new international and new-

business role.



The writ accuses Dorlands of going back on its promise to make him

chairman of the agency.



Twivy’s exit came after months of speculation about his future and his

failure to establish a working relationship with Hinton, the former

DMB&B chairman, who joined the agency in January.



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