Glass recycling company Reuse Collections Ltd, which trades as Berryman, has won a High Court case against a former employee who was involved in setting up a competing business.
Judge Stephen Davies, sitting as a High Court judge at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, ruled in favour of Reuse Collections in its case against Keith Sendall and May Glass Recycling Ltd.
Sendall’s sons Fred and Bill are directors at May Glass.
In his judgement, handed down on 19 November, the judge concluded that Sendall, who had worked at Reuse Collections’ Dagenham depot, was “directly and intimately involved in setting up the competing business established by May Glass, and was in breach of his duty of fidelity and good faith as a result”. He said May Glass was liable for conspiring with Sendall to breach his contract with Reuse Collections.
The judge found Reuse Collections had suffered loss and damage, which it was entitled to recover against Sendall and May Glass, totalling £51,822.20.
Reuse Collections is a division of the privately-owned Australian recycling and waste management company United Resource Management.
Mark Wilson, chief executive at Reuse Collections (photo above), said: “As a company we are working hard to set ourselves the highest standards and in so doing maintain the trust of our customers and suppliers. We contrast this with the actions of Keith Sendall whilst still employed by the business, which were both unethical and unlawful and put colleagues’ jobs at risk.
“We believe that any action that threatens the integrity and professionalism of our operation has to be vigorously contested, and we are very pleased that our actions have been vindicated by the court’s judgment.”
MRW has contacted May Glass Recycling for comment.