NEWS: Twivy fires off writ over Dorlands exit

The row over Paul Twivy’s ousting from Bates Dorland is threatening to spill into the High Court with the issue of a writ by the former group chief executive alleging breach of contract.

The row over Paul Twivy’s ousting from Bates Dorland is threatening to

spill into the High Court with the issue of a writ by the former group

chief executive alleging breach of contract.



He is suing the agency over what he claims was wrongful sacking from his

pounds 200,000-a-year job in September and its apparent reneging on a

promise to make him chairman.



The writ also accuses Michael Bungey, the Bates Worldwide chairman, and

Michael Geraghty, Bates Europe’s chief operating officer, of persuading

Twivy to accept Graham Hinton’s appointment in January by falsely

claiming that the former DMB&B boss would be chairman of the London

agency when, in fact, he had been hired as Dorlands group chairman.



Twivy’s solicitors said this week that they would be applying to the

court for a ‘fast track’ summary judgment on the case to which, they

claim, Dorlands has no defence. The agency declined to comment.



Meanwhile, Twivy met Jean de Yturbe, the Bates Europe chairman, this

week in a last-ditch effort to head off a damaging public dispute.



The legal move came ten days after Twivy cleared his personal belongings

from the agency, having rejected Bungey’s offer of a new international

and new-business role together with a pounds 50,000 raise (Campaign, 4

October).



His lawyer, Stephen Sutton, said that as Twivy had been dismissed

without the required notice or compensation, the court would be asked to

declare invalid the restrictive covenants in his contract preventing him

from soliciting Dorlands clients or staff.



Twivy’s departure ended an abortive attempt to establish a working

relationship with Hinton who, the writ alleges, was given profit and

loss responsibilities that were central to Twivy’s role as chief

executive.



The writ claims Bungey wrongfully ended Twivy’s contract in a letter

sent on 29 August in which he told him: ‘To make it absolutely clear, I

wish your current employment to cease at the end of September.’



Twivy will claim damages to cover the loss of salary, profit-sharing

entitlements, pension contributions made by Dorlands equivalent to 11

per cent of his salary and membership of a healthcare scheme.



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