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
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.