. . . if the trial judge erred in principle, this court may substitute its own figure, although it should do so sparingly if the trial judge's award is an acceptable range despite the error in principle.
The two cases from which the trial judge drew guidance in awarding 5 months were cases in which the length of service was comparable to the appellant's and the notice period was assessed at 4 and 5 months respectively. However these cases can provide very little guidance if one looks at other important factors. They were not cases involving a senior executive reporting to the chief executive officer. In neither case was the employee an owner of the business. In both cases, the employee's average annual compensation was a small fraction of the appellant's. The fact that these employees were awarded 4 and 5 months' notice is of little help in deciding what was appropriate for the appellant.