Nick Miles and Hugh Morrison, the high-flying PR duo fired earlier this year by Cordiant Communications over rumoured ‘whistleblowing’ issues, have re-emerged on London’s PR scene with plans to open a new agency.
Miles and Morrison, respectively quondam ceo and group managing director at Cordiant owned PR goldmine Financial Dynamics, walked the plank in January when they were sent on six months ‘gardening leave’ for unrevealed reasons.
Their new venture, called simply M (although some observers believe M&M’s might have been more appropriate) is set to open early in 2003 in the City of London - the capital’s financial hub - and is currently hiring staff. Given the pair’s enviable contacts book, it is unlikely their doors will open without at least a handful of platinum-plated clients.
Following their rancorous dismissal by Cordiant in January, tongues were set a-wagging when the pair filed their compensation claims under the putative ‘whistle-blowers’ charter’ – the 1999 Public Interest Disclosure Act.
This empowers an employment tribunal to award unlimited compensation to employees dismissed for bringing corporate wrongdoing to the public’s attention. Cordiant, not to be outdone, counter-claimed on grounds that were never revealed.
The matter was settled out of court on undisclosed terms that reportedly did not involve compensation and retained Mills’ and Morrison’s as Cordiant employees – conveniently restraining them from working elsewhere or openly soliciting business until September 23.
Data sourced from: MediaGuardian.co.uk; additional content by WARC staff