A row between Aon and two ex-directors who were poached by Benfield Group has been settled
out of court.

Aon threatened to sue the two directors for breaking their gardening leave terms. Morris Mindel, formerly Aon's managing director of European non-marine reinsurance division, and Gary Callaghan, formerly executive director of the same division, were accused of breaching their
contracts of employment.

The conditions were that they both take 12 months' gardening leave and should not have worked
for a rival.

Both men resigned on 23 July 2002 but notified Aon in January that they were to take new jobs with Benfield Group on 23 January 2003. When Mindel left Aon last year, he had only recently received a pay rise. Mindel received a salary increase in April 2002 from £130,000 to £175,000 per annum.

Aon's lawyers said that Benfield knew of the existence of the terms of conditions and has "wrongfully procured,induced or assisted " Mindel and Callaghan to breach their contracts.

A Benfield Group spokesman said: "There was a submission made to the High Court, but an amicable settlement has been agreed with ourselves and Aon."