Ex-Stobart boss claims firm lied in court fight

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Andrew Tinkler, former chief of Stobart, set to reignite legal fight with former employer as he alleges directors were dishonest during court battle


Andrew Tinkler, the former chief of Stobart, is set to reignite a legal fight with his former employer as he alleges directors at the aviation and energy group were deliberately dishonest during a court battle. 

A High Court trial is expected to proceed in which Tinkler will attempt to set aside a previous judgment on the basis that it was obtained by fraud. 

Tinkler alleges former Stobart chief executive Warwick Brady and ex-chairman Iain Ferguson, both of whom have since left the former FTSE250 group, provided false evidence. 

Legal fight: A High Court trial is expected to proceed in which Andrew Tinkler will attempt to set aside a previous judgment on the basis that it was obtained by fraud

Legal fight: A High Court trial is expected to proceed in which Andrew Tinkler will attempt to set aside a previous judgment on the basis that it was obtained by fraud

His claim includes allegations that Stobart purposefully withheld documents and that key witnesses lied under oath. 

It is argued new evidence proves there was an ‘orchestrated plan’ to remove him. Tinkler, previously backed by disgraced financier Neil Woodford, relies on previously undisclosed messages that emerged in a separate legal case.

It is the latest in a bitter boardroom battle over Stobart, now called Esken, that led to Tinkler’s controversial sacking in 2018. His departure was followed by a court dispute one year later that found he had breached his duties to the firm. 

Tinkler wants to overturn this ruling and recoup the £1.3million in fees he paid to the company. He also wants Esken to cover his £4.4million legal bill from 2018. 

A spokesman for Esken said: ‘We won’t comment on the case but the company is strenuously defending the claim.’ 

Tinkler was also contacted for comment. 

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