Legal lips are being smacked at prospects of a lucrative high court spat between Cordiant Communications and the two stellar PR practitioners it fired last month.

The twosome – Nick Miles and Hugh Morrison, respectively quondam ceo and group managing director at Cordiant owned PR goldmine Financial Dynamics – are currently on six months ‘gardening leave’ after their ousting in a boardroom brawl last month [WAMN: 29-Jan-02].

Despite restrictive covenants in the duo’s service agreements, Cordiant fears they are poised to set-up a rival PR business before the six months have expired and will ask the court to rule on the wording of the contracts with a view to enforcing them.

Miles and Morrison, in turn, are believed ready to serve a counter-writ claiming unfair dismissal and breach of contract. This, according to reports, values their combined services at a modest £5 million.

Meantime, the UK legal process follows its usual funereal pace and the case will not be heard before mid-April at earliest.

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