Lisa Squillace set to join Ten next year following settlement with Seven

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 18 December 2018

Seven and former programme partnerships and content director Lisa Squillace have settled their legal dispute outside of court.

Squillace is now free to join rival network Ten in the new year.

According to court documents, Squillace, who had been suing Seven over unfair dismissal was also awarded close to $70,000 as part of the settlement.

The case, which has been with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) since October, raised an issue over her six-month non-compete clause with Seven, which she was looking to end by this month.

Despite the settlement, Squillace will still be unable to join the Ten business until February next year. As of this week, the new Ten sales team has begun operations ahead of its official split from former sales house MCN on January 1, 2019.

Squillace, who had been with the Seven Network for more than a decade, was revealed to be exiting the role earlier this year to join Ten's growing in-house sales team, taking the vacant national sales manager role.

It is was understood at the time that Squillace was offered the opportunity to end the agreement in February 2019, three months earlier than what is detailed in her contract.

Following this, she was then offered three months' pay to comply with the entire six-month non-compete clause. Allegations were also leveled at Seven regarding the handling of Squillace's maternity leave and how that factored into the network's decision. Seven has denied this had anything to do with her exit.

Her departure from Seven sees her return to Ten where she previously worked in 2000, selling advertising and sponsorship deals for top-rating shows such as Australian Idol and Big Brother.

Ten and Seven declined to comment.

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