NEWS: Shandwick sues former staff for contract breach

Shandwick is suing two former directors of its northern business, James Kirkcaldy and David Owen.

Shandwick is suing two former directors of its northern business, James

Kirkcaldy and David Owen.



Kirkcaldy, former managing director of Shandwick North, and Owen, ex-

director of Shandwick North’s Manchester office, have both been served

with High Court writs, as has their West Yorkshire-based business, which

trades under the name of ‘I Works’.



The two, who left Shandwick North early this summer, are both being sued

for damages for breach of contract of employment and/or damages for

breach of fiduciary duty. Shandwick is also demanding that Kirkcaldy

‘delivers up’ documents belonging to Shandwick North and that Owen

returns a certain computer disk.



The writ also requests an account of I Works’ profits ‘resulting from or

connected with the breaches of contract and/or fiduciary duty’ of

Kirkcaldy and Owen, and orders that such profits be paid to Shandwick

North. It asks for interest and paves the way for ‘further or other

relief as the court shall think necessary’.



Kirkcaldy and Owen have until 1 November to comply with the writ or to

advise the High Court’s Queen’s Bench Division of their intentions to

fight the summons.



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