• United Transport International former chief executive Richard Dawbarn plans to sue the company for "unfair and wrongful dismissal".
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Dawbarn, 56, left the company three weeks ago after 31 years' service. He will also be seeking compensation of around £200,000 for the termination of his contract which required two years' notice, "Based on the information we have it is our opinion that Richard's employment was terminated without justification, notice or compensation," says Penningtons' litigation partner Brendan Murphy.
Parent company BET has declined to comment on the reason for Dawbarn's departure, but director of corporate affairs Andrew Mills says: "I hope that the company can sort something out with him?
UT1, is headed by chairman and chief executive Tim Goldblyth, operates 10,000 vehicles worldwide and recorded a £32.8m profit on a turnover of £423m in the year to March 1992.