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Litigation firm Reid Minty, now RMPI, is suing three former employees for breach of fiduciary obligations, alleging that the trio took three substantial clients with them when leaving the firm.
Former partner Simon Edwards and uninsured loss recovery and personal injury co-heads Mark O’Shaughnessy and Derek Thompson have been named as defendants along with ProLegal, the law firm the trio set up in 2004, and the Capita Group.
The claim form alleges that “the three men decided to establish ProLegal for Capita as a competing business” to Reid Minty and knowingly breached their duties to their former firm by taking work from AIG, Albany and Europ Assistance. It states that Albany introduced £770,000 worth of business to ProLegal in 2004.
Peters & Peters senior partner Keith Oliver, acting for the trio and ProLegal, said his clients refuted the allegations laid against them by Reid Minty and its senior partner Andrew Reid.
“Reid’s claim is entirely misconceived and without foundation,” said Oliver. “Whatever Reid’s motivations are, he should be under no illusion that the claim is totally resisted. Litigation of this nature against one’s former partners does nothing to advance the good standing of the profession.”
Capita ;is ;being represented by Addleshaw Goddard, which said its client declined to comment. Capita is expected to file a defence.
McGrigors, which acquired the non personal injury part of Reid Minty earlier this year, is advising RMPI.