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.