Dawsons agrees terms with ex-CEO

The former CEO of Lincoln’s Inn firm Dawsons Solicitors has settled a claim against his former employer.

Jeremy Ward brought a claim against the firm at the start of this year, alleging unfair dismissal. He left Dawsons in autumn 2009 and was replaced in the role by Mark Dembovsky.
The claim was settled in the summer and in October Ward became CEO for three-office Laytons Solicitors.

The value of the ­settlement has not been disclosed, but a source close to the firm argued that Ward was seeking “the ­difference between what he lost [as an employee of Dawsons] and what he’s getting now”.

Dawsons’ accounts for the 2009-10 financial year reveal that the highest-paid member at the firm received £300,000, although it is understood that the sum paid to Ward was lower than this. Laytons, which is not an LLP, does not publish its remuneration.

It is understood that Ward instructed employment partner Jane Amphlett of Finers Stephens Innocent at the outset, while Dawsons instructed Fox Williams.

Ward was unavailable for comment.