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HR disputes and financial settlements since 2010

Disclosure date: 19 March 2014

Reference: FOI2014/033

Request

I would like to know:

1) For each of the last four full calendar years (namely, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), how many employment disputes your institution has been involved with that have ended in a financial settlement being paid out or an employment tribunal hearing; in other words, the total number of disputes with which the institution was involved, including those that were settled before any legal proceedings began. (In the event of more than one employee being involved in related cases, this should be counted according to the total number of individuals involved)

2) For each of the four years, the number of cases that specifically resulted in an employment tribunal hearing.

3) For each of the four years, the amount your institution agreed to pay out in financial settlements either before or after any hearing (regardless of when the payment was actually made).

4) For each of the four years, the amount your institution spent in defending employment disputes, both externally (such as on barristers’ fees) and internally (such as the cost of the time of in-house solicitors and HR professionals).

Response

Question 1
(Answers below only relate to Compromise/Settlement agreement disputes)

2010: 6
2011: 2
2012: 15
2013: 6

Question 2
(Answers below only relate to Compromise/Settlement agreement disputes)

2010: 1
2011: 0
2012: 3
2013: 2

Question 3

2010: £32,500
2011: 0
2012: £25,000
2013: 0

Question 4

Externally (figures based on our available information of legal costs charged including VAT)

2010: £15,246
2011: £2,400
2012: £33,682
2013: £85,510

Internally (please note SOAS does not employ any in-house legal advisors. Also, SOAS does not record the amount of time spent by HR Professionals etc. from its own employ on work activity so it is impossible to say how much time was spent in-house on each case).

2010: not available
2011: not available
2012: not available
2013: not available