Bridgeworks founding partners, Simon King, Simon Calvert and Dominic Owens have parted company acrimoniously, with King and Calvert alleging they suspended Owens from the company on November 9 after discovering he'd broken contractual obligations.
Bridgeworks gained an injunction from the High Court against Owens on November 19. According to King, Owens subsequently resigned from the company, although this chronology of the events is understood to be disputed by Owens.
Owens declined to comment on the situation, which is now in the hands of lawyers. He said: "All I can say is that it is true that I am no longer with Bridgeworks and am now looking for fresh work unconnected with Bridgeworks. However, my lawyers have advised me not to comment further."
The split with Owens comes just over a year after Bridgeworks launched as a strategic media planning consultancy based on informal links with specialists in different disciplines. The consultancy was formed after Owens left his job as head of communications at BT Business to join forces with King, ex-planning director at Carat, and Calvert, formerly communications director at Carat Insight.
Shortly after its launch last October it signed up with its first client, the satellite phone company ICO. Its client list now includes the London-based chain of soup bars, Soup Works, and the internet travel company, uTravel.co.uk (OK).
Meanwhile King and Calvert stress that the split with Owens will not affect business: "Its business as usual at Bridgeworks," said King. "No clients have been affected and we have a number of new projects in the pipeline."