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Gallagher sues former employee

International broker Arthur J Gallagher is suing one of its former employees and his new employer Portsoken after data was allegedly stolen and passed on to the rival intermediary.

AJ Gallagher brought the case against Alex Skriptchenkov, who used to be a "senior employee" at Agent Assure, the company's professional property broking subsidiary.

The broker has accused Skriptchenkov of retaining "valuable information" from its database, which it said was subsequently incorporated into Portsoken's computer system.

In a statement sent to The Insurance Insider, AJ Gallagher said the suit followed "admissions" by Portsoken in relation to the data.

AJ Gallagher said it was seeking an injunction to block Portsoken from using the data allegedly taken from its system.

The company revealed that it found out that the data had appeared on Portsoken's system from its own "business partners", adding: "We are grateful to our longstanding business partners who assisted in bringing this matter to our attention."

An application in the case was listed to be heard by Her Honour Judge Walden-Smith on Friday (24 July). The parties were expected to set a date for the trial.

It is another case that Gallagher has brought against a former employee this year. In March, the broking powerhouse filed against three of its most senior former employees after they defected to Towergate.

Those in the dock include Gallagher's former CEO David Ross. Originally, AJ Gallagher filed a case against Ross seeking an injunction after his defection to Sierra Investment Holdings - the vehicle established by Highbridge Capital to buy Towergate.

But the case quickly progressed, with AJ Gallagher filing a second set of papers alleging that Ross went behind its back to negotiate a Towergate deal for Highbridge when he was supposed to be working to secure the transaction for the broker.

Ross is joined in the dock by AJ Gallagher's former chief operating officer Mark Mugge and one of its advisers Christopher Keey.

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