Considering garden leave's novelty, I thought a collection of news articles descring the use of garden leave might be of some help and interest.
However, VCCP may have used all up all its luck, with the launch of the mmO2 service less than 100 days away. Last month, Charles Vallance, VCCP's founder, was sidelined for the next six months on gardening leave after representations from m'learned friends.
Unusually, it is not his former employer that is insisting on this but his former client, Vodafone, which is clearly deeply worried that he is to work for a competitor.
ABN Amro, the Dutch financial services group, had slapped in an injunction on Thursday after Mr Luckraft and Mr Thomas suddenly quit their jobs to go to rival Framlington. The writ was for breach of contract to prevent them joining Framlington early. Framlington had poached the pair at the beginning of April, but they had originally agreed to work out their year's notice with ABN Amro. They walked out on Wednesday, claiming an irrevocable breakdown in the working relationship had occurred.
Framlington said: "Following the legal action taken by ABN Amro there has been a further appearance in court today, 24 May 2002. The court has now lifted the Court Order (originally granted without notice to George or Nigel). George and Nigel have agreed to remain on gardening leave pending the resolution of the issues at a trial, which is to be convened as quickly as possible. We welcome an early trial and remain confident that the actions of George and Nigel will be fully vindicated by the court at that time.
Tim Waring became a partner in charge of launching the new Harrogate office of property specialists Knight Frank earlier this year, after quitting his partnership at estate agents Carter Jonas, where he had spent nine years.
Initial reaction when you were first advised of garden leave?
I was a little shocked, even though I could understand why the decision had been made. I'd planned to take my wife to Paris for a few days and the immediate
handover of my mobile phone ensured we enjoyed some wonderful peace and quiet in France.
What are your thoughts afterwards and what would you do differently if ever on gardening leave again?
If I was giving advice to anyone about to take gardening leave, I'd say seek advice from someone who has already done it. I did find that for the first one or two months
I was a bit shell-shocked. I'd been used to working at 90mph and suddenly I stopped. I had a lot of lazy mornings and met people for coffee and lunch.
Looking back, I think I could have done more during that early period, but then again, perhaps I needed the time to readjust and take stock
Hightex puts chief on "garden leave"
Stadium roof specialist Hightex today removed chief executive Klaus-Michael Koch with immediate effect and placed him on "Garden Leave" until 24 April 2009.
Non-exec chairman Charles DesForges will take a more active role in the company while a replacement chief executive is found. Frank Molter, currently finance director, has also been appointed chief operating officer.