Courts force Ogilvy to pay Mangham costs

Singapore - Ogilvy & Mather Singapore has avoided a court-ordered Writ of Seizure and Sale by paying court costs to former group chairman Stephen Mangham (pictured), in the latest turn of events in their legal tussle.

Yesterday a Writ of Seizure and Sale was issued in the High Court, allowing a bailiff to seize property from Ogilvy's office for sale to meet the payments. However, the writ was aborted as Ogilvy made payment to Mangham by end of day yesterday.

In a statement to Marketing, Stephen Mangham's lawyer Rakesh Vasu, Gomez & Vasu LLC, confirmed the agency network has since issued a cheque for SG$12,300.00 and will be paying a further sum of SG$1,491.66 today.

"The Writ of Seizure and Sale had been initiated as the amounts stated in the Court Orders had not been satisfied by Ogilvy and Mather (Singapore) Pte Ltd, despite our repeated requests to do so previously, for reasons best known to them," the statement said.

Earlier, Ogilvy Singapore and Stephen Mangham both sued each other; Ogilvy suing Mangham for alleged solicitation of clients and employees and Mangham suing Ogilvy for allegedly not paying his pension owed.

When reached, Ogilvy declined to comment.

The court case is still continuing.