Cordiant faces fresh legal row as Hinton disputes severance

Graham Hinton, ousted as chairman of Bates UK three months ago, is taking action against his former agency over alleged unpaid bonus payments.

Graham Hinton, ousted as chairman of Bates UK three months ago, is

taking action against his former agency over alleged unpaid bonus

payments.



His lawyers have applied for an employment tribunal hearing into claims

that Bates has failed to honour his contract by witholding the money,

said to amount to a five-figure sum.



By appealing to the London North Employment Tribunal, Hinton becomes the

third former Bates chief to embroil the agency in an acriminious legal

dispute in recent years.



Hinton, who is on paid indefinite ’gardening leave’, declined to discuss

his action. But he said: ’I’m very unhappy at the way I’m being treated

by Bates.’



A spokesman for Bates’ Cordiant parent refused to comment.



The employment tribunal case revolves around bonus payments to which

Hinton claims he was entitled for meeting performance targets in 1998

but which were used instead to protect the agency’s bottom line.



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