Miles and Morrison plan for High Court battle with Cordiant

The two senior Business Communications International staff ousted in January are preparing to do legal battle in the High Court with parent company Cordiant.

Ex-CEO Nick Miles and former group MD Hugh Morrison are believed to be planning a £5m action for breach of contact, aimed at recovering losses of salary, bonuses and share options following their being put on gardening leave earlier this year (PRWeek, 25 January).

Cordiant has already begun proceedings to obtain an injunction enforcing the non-compete clauses in their contracts. A spokesman said: 'Cordiant gave them six months notice to leave, with the usual non-compete clauses, and placed them on gardening leave. They went to court to say they didn't want to be held to their contracts. Cordiant applied to have their contracts enforced.'

It is understood Cordiant fears the two will set up their own agency in competition to the BCI-owned Financial Dynamics. The pair are expected to contest the six-month non-compete clauses, although it is not yet known on what grounds.

The case will now be heard in April. Neither Miles nor Morrison were available for comment as PRWeek went to press.

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