Costs incurred Re Employment Tribunal

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Dear University of Dundee,

With regards the conclusion of the recent Employment Tribunal case of A. Gibson v University of Dundee.

1) What were the combined legal costs incurred by the University, specifically with regards to the external Solicitors (Dundas & Wilson) who were appointed to prepare and defend the above case up to its conclusion on 8th June 2012?

2) With regards to the legal costs incurred in question No1 above. Please state which specific University budget these costs are paid out of?

3) What was the total cost involved in having the University's own "in house" Solicitor attend throughout the twenty five day Employment Tribunal?

4) With regards to the "in house" legal cost in question No3 above. Please state which specific University budget these costs are paid out of?

5) With regards any compensation paid out as a consequence of the above Employment Tribunal case. Please state which specific University budget this will come out of?

Yours faithfully,

Mr J. Rae

FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

Dear Mr Rae,
Thank you for your latest request for information from the University of
Dundee. Colleagues have provided answers to your questions below.
1) What were the combined legal costs incurred by the University,
specifically with regards to the external Solicitors (Dundas & Wilson) who
were appointed to prepare and defend the above case up to its conclusion
on 8th June 2012?
£43,736.
2) With regards to the legal costs incurred in question No1 above. Please
state which specific University budget these costs are paid out of?
Human Resources.
3) What was the total cost involved in having the University's own "in
house" Solicitor attend throughout the twenty five day Employment
Tribunal?
This was a normal part of the duties of the Director of Legal Services and
as such no explicit costs were incurred. Please treat this email as notice
under S.17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 that this
information is not held.
4) With regards to the "in house" legal cost in question No3 above. Please
state which specific University budget these costs are paid out of?
The post of Director of Legal Services is split equally between the
Policy, Governance and Legal Affairs Directorate and Human Resources.
5) With regards any compensation paid out as a consequence of the above
Employment Tribunal case. Please state which specific University budget
this will come out of?
My understanding is that no compensation has been ordered at this time.
Consequently no information is held in this regard. Please treat this
email as notice of that as per S.17 of FoI(S)A.
I trust that this information is helpful. Please feel free to contact me
if I can be of further assistance.
Yours sincerely,
Alan Bell
Records Manager and
Information Compliance Officer
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On 18/10/2012 21:59, "Mr J Rae"
<[4][FOI #134052 email]> wrote:

     Dear University of Dundee,
    
     With regards the conclusion of the recent Employment Tribunal case
     of A. Gibson v University of Dundee.
    
     1) What were the combined legal costs incurred by the University,
     specifically with regards to the external Solicitors (Dundas &
     Wilson) who were appointed to prepare and defend the above case up
     to its conclusion on 8th June 2012?
    
     2) With regards to the legal costs incurred in question No1 above.
     Please state which specific University budget these costs are paid
     out of?
    
     3) What was the total cost involved in having the University's own
     "in house" Solicitor attend throughout the twenty five day
     Employment Tribunal?
    
     4) With regards to the "in house" legal cost in question No3 above.
     Please state which specific University budget these costs are paid
     out of?
    
     5) With regards any compensation paid out as a consequence of the
     above Employment Tribunal case. Please state which specific
     University budget this will come out of?
    
     Yours faithfully,
    
     Mr J. Rae
    
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Dear University of Dundee,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Dundee's handling of my FOI request 'Costs incurred Re Employment Tribunal'.

With regards my request for information re, the conclusion of the recent Employment Tribunal case of A. Gibson v University of Dundee and your response.

My question (number 5) as submitted was;
With regards any compensation paid out as a consequence of the above Employment Tribunal case. Please state which specific University budget
this will come out of?

Your response was;
My understanding is that no compensation has been ordered at this time. Consequently no information is held in this regard.

My response, and clarification on my original request; I am aware that compensation has not been paid out as yet. I am also aware that a decision has yet to be taken as to what if any compensation will be awarded. However my question was, in the event that compensation is awarded can you tell me which budget this would normally come out of? I would be grateful if you could respond accordingly.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...

Yours faithfully,

Mr J Rae

FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

Dear Mr Rae,

Thank you for your email. To clarify, the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 (FoI(S)A) provides a right of access to recorded
information held by Scottish public authorities at the time of a request.
It does not require the creation of new information or the provision of
opinion in response to the questions of applicants. As no compensation has
been ordered to date by the Employment Tribunal, no discussion had taken
place concerning a source of funds at the time of your request.
Consequently, the University did not hold any recorded information
pertinent to your question. A response of 'information not held' (as per
S.17 of FoI(S)A) was, therefore, an appropriate response to your question
5 in light of the requirements of the Act.

However, the University has no wish to appear obstructive. Having now had
an opportunity to consider this issue, the view of the University is that
any compensation ordered would be allocated to a centrally held
University cost centre in, for example, Finance or Human Resources. A
final decision in this regard has not yet been made.

If you are unhappy with this response you may wish to contact the Office
of the Scottish Information Commissioner -
http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR....

I trust that this is helpful. Please feel free to contact me if I can
offer any further assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Bell
Records Manager and
Information Compliance Officer

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On 12/11/2012 14:40, "Mr J Rae"
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