Creative Paul Fishlock has won his long running legal battle with WPP’s now defunct The Campaign Palace.
Fishlock began legal action after being squeezed out of his $350,000 a year job at the agency in early 2011. Fishlock had been executive creative director when Reed Collins was appointed into a similar role but with the differing title of chief creative officer.
Fishlock only found out about the move in the trade press.
He took legal action against The Campaign Palace’s parent company Y&R Brands seeking redundancy payments and long service leave entitlements.
The week long case was heard in February. Part of the debate hinged on whether Fishlock’s role was a truly national one or whether Melbourne was broadly independent of him
Among the witnesses called by Fishlock was former Y&R Brands CEO Nigel Marsh, who backed his version of events.
Yesterday afternoon, Fishlock heard that he had been successful.
A statement from Y&R Brands said: “While we are disappointed that the court has awarded some damages to Paul Fishlock, we believe it is significant that the decision awards him substantially less than he sought. We are pleased that the court has found that the covenants he was subject to were reasonable and that certain of his claims were rejected. We are currently evaluating our next steps, including whether to appeal.”
A statement from Fishlock said: “I’m pleased that this long and extraordinary adventure is now over and delighted that the judgment is so unequivocal. It’s crazy that any employee of any agency should have to spend almost two and a half years in the Supreme Court and many hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs to get basic entitlements such as notice period and long service leave. I hope this judgment gets as much coverage as possible on all sides of the marketing world.”
Justice John Sacker ordered that Fishlock be paid around $300,000, with costs to be settled later.
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