AA fights £225m claim from former boss for punching colleague

The Automobile Association today said it is fighting a £225 million claim from its former boss Bob Mackenzie who was dismissed for punching a colleague last year.

Mr Mackenzie, former executive chairman at the AA, filed a claim at the High Court against the company and a number of its directors on March 6.

The AA said it will incur legal costs of £1 million over the next two financial years as it fights the claim, but that it will try to recover the costs from Mr Mackenzie when the case closes.

Mr Mackenzie was sacked from his £1.2 million-a-year job for gross misconduct last July after he punched fellow AA executive Mike Lloyd at an evening work event at a hotel in Surrey.

He blamed the attack on a mixture of stress and exhaustion, combined with prescription drugs and alcohol.

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