Faulds Advertising is facing legal action for unfair dismissal from its
former head of television, Tim Maguire.
Maguire was asked to leave the agency when it was discovered that he had
done a voiceover for a pitch by a rival agency.
The contentious voiceover was for the Union, which was created in
February after a dramatic and acrimonious split with Faulds.
The two rival agencies were both pitching for a Scottish anti-drugs
campaign. When Faulds won the account, the agency was given access to
the pitch material produced by its rivals and instantly recognised
Before he started out in advertising, Maguire had done voiceovers for
ads and is represented by the London company, Calypso. The Faulds
management did not have a problem with his voiceover work but it is
thought to have felt that, in working for on a rival agency’s pitch,
Maguire was acting against its interests.
However, Maguire was not involved with the pitch in question, and was on
holiday when the row flared up. It is thought that he was given his P45
when he returned to the office. No-one at Faulds was available for
comment as Campaign went to press.
Maguire joined Faulds two-and-a-half years ago and has contributed to
the development of its TV department. He was most notably involved in
the BBC Radio Scotland campaign that won a clutch of awards at D&AD last
year, as well as work for the Scottish Tourist Board.