Saatchi Camps Do Battle in Court

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The battle between Saatchi & Saatchi and its former chairman moved to the High Court yesterday as the troubled advertising group began the first of its legal actions against the deposed Maurice Saatchi.

Saatchi & Saatchi is seeking an injunction against its founder and three top executives who quit to set up a rival firm. They are accused of conspiring to damage its business.

Mr Saatchi, Jeremy Sinclair, the former deputy chairman, and the ex-heads of the Saatchi & Saatchi Agency Worldwide, Bill Muirhead and David Kershaw, were not in court.

A Saatchi & Saatchi spokesman said fresh writs were served yesterday seeking to widen the terms of the injunction in a bid to stop the team from poaching staff under any circumstances. Key figures on some big accounts are among staff who have quit in sympathy with Maurice Saatchi. He was fired as chairman in December after a shareholder revolt, and walked out at the start of January after turning down a lesser role. …