Anthony Sheriff alleges he was unfairly treated
12 September 2013

Antony Sheriff, former managing director of McLaren Automotive, is suing the comany for wrongful dismissal. He was suspended from his role by McLaren earlier this year. 

Sheriff has filed a claim in the High Court alleging he was unfairly dismissed following a dispute over a company equity share incentive plan. 

As a result of the dispute, Sheriff claims that he was informed his contract would be terminated in January 2016, the date his contract with McLaren was due to end. Sheriff says he was then escorted from McLaren's building. 

Sheriff then alleges that he formally complained, and was told he was under investigation for an unspecified reason.

McLaren has subsequently appointed Mike Flewitt as chief executive officer.

It has not commented on Sheriff's action.

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12 September 2013

Anybody brave enough to make comment? Anybody???

12 September 2013

I was surprised comments were on for this, if I was Autocar I would turn them off and delete the thread.

12 September 2013

If he is still under contract till 2016 then he is bound by the terms and has not been dismissed, just given a lot of notice? Be interesting to know if he had to resign and stop taking a salary to pursue this action thus foregoing what must be a substantial sum to attempt to gain more.

Also wrongful dismissal involves contractual breaches and can be heard in the high court as per the headline however unfair dismissal due to procedural breaches can only be heard in an ET. If the article body is correct this may just get thrown out of the high court.

Hope Autocar follow this up.

12 September 2013

The article says,

Sheriff has filed a claim in the High Court alleging he was unfairly dismissed following a dispute over a company equity share incentive plan.

This is what happens when people, are caught with their pants down.

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12 September 2013

to find another job whilst being paid. not really a problem is it?

13 September 2013

"he was informed his contract would be terminated in January 2016, the date his contract with McLaren was due to end"

So his contract is being terminated at the time it was supposed to be terminated? Er, is it me?

13 September 2013

Anthony Sheriff = Armando Iannucci....

just sayin'

13 September 2013

I suspect the wording of the article may be causing some of the confusion. Other articles have indicated he was placed on gardening leave following the dispute - if there is no good cause for this or no such covenant in his contract of employment, Mr Sheriff would be entitled to treat this as a repudiatory breach of contract and resign. This would then permit him to claim for wrongful dismissal. (Admittedly that's a very basic summary of a complicated area of law, but it covers the gist of it) As PhilM4000 has already said, for unfair dismissal it would have to be within the Employment Tribunal.

Either way, this could prove embarrassing for both parties and I suspect there may be a settlement before it reaches the doors of the court.

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