Twivy calls on Lord Saatchi as witness in High Court battle

Lord Saatchi could face another legal skirmish with his former foes at the Cordiant group over his possible backing for Paul Twivy, the ousted Bates Dorland group chief executive.

Lord Saatchi could face another legal skirmish with his former foes

at the Cordiant group over his possible backing for Paul Twivy, the

ousted Bates Dorland group chief executive.



A hearing is scheduled for three months’ time when a judge will have to

decide if Twivy is entitled to financial recompense, following his

sacking from his pounds 200,000-a-year job in October last year.



Lord Saatchi would not necessarily have to appear at the hearing. But he

could be called into the witness box if Dorlands’ lawyers insist on

cross-examining him on his witness statement.



Twivy and Lord Saatchi have known each other since 1993, when the then

Saatchi and Saatchi chief considered funding him in an agency

start-up.



Last month, a High Court Master ruled that Twivy had been wrongfully

dismissed by Dorlands and that a further hearing should take place to

assess the agency’s liability for damages.



Twivy’s legal advisors are seeking permission to take witness statements

from Bob Seelert, the chief executive of Bates Dorland’s Cordiant group

parent; Michael Bungey, the Bates Worldwide chairman; Graham Hinton, the

Dorlands chairman; Chris Clark, the managing director; and Tim Ashton,

the executive creative director.



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