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Claims collapse against Temple

Seven former RJ Temple consultants have lost their claims against the national IFA for unfair dismissal.

The first case was brought by former senior managers Philip Gerry, Andrew Cole, Alan Hemsworth and Barry Martin-Pitt, now directors at IFA Westpoint Financial, which has six reg- istered individuals.

They alleged unfair and constructive dismissal, unlawful deduction of commission, underpayment and breach of contract. All four have now withdrawn their claims.

Their case collapsed two days into a hearing which was expected to last six days, following cross-examination of the first witness.

The second case, which was brought by IFA Throgmorton directors Matthew Cove, Brian Potter and Stephen Hadley, has been dismissed, as was an earlier claim made by former consultants Paul Meadon and Peter Thompson, who are now at different IFA firms.

Throgmorton directors claim their case was dismissed due to a technicality and are considering an appeal.

A statement from RJ Temple and Westpoint says: “Following a hearing at Exeter Employment tribunal on March 27 and 28, 2003, Philip Gerry, Andrew Cole, Alan Hemsworth and Barry MartinPitt have withdrawn all their claims against RJ Temple. No compensation has been paid.”

Throgmorton Private Capital director Brian Potter says: “I expect Geoffrey Morphitis is very relieved. Our case was rejected because of a technical mistake made by our solicitor and had nothing to do with establishing whether we were self-employed or not so on that basis we will decide whether we can appeal.”

RJ Temple sales director John Johnson says: “We are delighted with the result. We have spent a lot of time, money and effort defending these claims and hope that this will now be an end to it.”

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