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Amec boss 'way ahead' on disputes

FORMER Amec boss Steve Bowcott had more outstanding payment disputes on his books than any other executive at the firm, an industrial tribunal heard this week.

Construction services division managing director Mr Bowcott is claiming unfair dismissal after he was sacked over allegations he failed to declare a public relations contracts he awarded to his wife.

He claims he was dismissed for querying Amec's f inances.

Former finance director Nigel Higgins told the tribunal Mr Bowcott's division was involved in £200 million-worth of payment disputes.

He said: 'Most of the dispensations came about as a result of disputes with clients, and many are the subject of ongoing litigation.

'Mr Bowcott inherited about half of these when he joined the company. He himself generated the rest.' Mr Higgins denied ripping up a budget put to him in July 2004 requesting a £10 million write-down because of the level of outstanding dispensations.

The tribunal continues.