Wednesday 23 October 2019

Sausage firm director bids to stop husband firing her

Ray Managh

A director of a well-known sausage making business has brought High Court proceedings aimed at preventing her husband and mother-in-law from firing her and removing her as a director.

The action has been brought by Caroline Kerrigan-Hick, who is a director and employee of Dun Laoghaire-based firms that trade as Hick's sausages.

She claims as a result of asking her husband Nigel Hicks, who she has been estranged from for several years, for a divorce, her employment has been unlawfully terminated.

The court heard an attempt is being made to remove her as a director of the firm she has worked for since 1995.

Yesterday at the High Court Mr Justice Kevin Feeney granted Ms Kerrigan-Hick's lawyers permission to serve short service of proceedings against her husband Nigel, Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, and her mother-in-law Rosaleen Hick, Sion Road, Glenageary.

She is also seeking various orders against Sussed Food Company Ltd, a sausage retailer trading as Hick's sausages, and Mrs Hick Ltd, a sausage wholesale company, both of Lower Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire.

Ms Kerrigan-Hick, Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, seeks injunctions including one preventing the defendants from terminating her employment.

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She also wants an order that her salary is paid and that no other person can be appointed to her position in the company.

She is also seeking declaration from the court that she owns 55pc of Sussed Food Company Ltd. She also wants the court to prevent her husband and mother-in-law from holding a general meeting of Sussed until she is registered as the owner of the share capital of Sussed Food Company Ltd.

Her counsel Ross Gorman said that meeting was due to take place today at 6pm. The meeting is to consider a resolution to remove his client as director and secretary of Sussed.

The matter will return before the High Court today.

Irish Independent

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