A Deloitte Lawsuit is one of the most high profile cases in the UK. The company from London has been at the center of a lot of political and economic events in the UK over recent years. A number of political figures from across the country have come out with strong attacks on the company. These include current Prime Minister David Cameron, who has described Deloitte as “a Swiss-based company” which has “undoubtedly abused their position to make themselves the world’s second greatest law firm”.
Such an attack seems quite unfortunate coming from a prime minister who has previously said that he was a passionate advocate for the banking sector in Britain. However, it is important to state that there is no direct link between the two issues. At first sight, it seems like the two are linked by a common theme, but there is no concrete evidence to support such a claim. In this article we will look at how the case against Deloitte unfolded and what the government could do to resolve it.
A number of months ago, the law firm was involved in a case involving a former employee who had made serious complaints about his employer and its practices.
According to this employee, he had been subjected to several physical threats by another employee as well as being verbally attacked. Despite this, the company stood its ground and denied any wrongdoing on the part of its employees. The case eventually went to court where Deloitte was accused of intimidating the man into quitting.
The company’s legal representative argued that the case was brought on a technicality of the UK Litigation Service Act.
This Act states that if an employer wrongfully terminates an employee, they have to first show cause. It is then up to the employer to provide proof of the claim, either by way of written evidence or through documents provided by legal advisors. Deloitte was found to be guilty of failing to provide evidence and failed to point the finger of blame towards its former employee. This meant that the company was subject to a fine of up to one thousand pounds and the case went no further.
Another interesting aspect of the case is that it was Deloitte itself which was the subject of an investigation.
According to reports, this was part of a wider probe into allegations of price fixing within the firm. However, Deloitte was cleared of any wrongdoing in this case. There was a delay in the completion of this investigation however, which delayed the start of the disciplinary hearings for Deloitte.
The Attorney’s Complaints Committee will be looking into this matter very soon.
If no concrete evidence of wrongdoing comes forward, the next step would be to appeal the case to a larger body such as the Employment Tribunal. We expect this to happen within the next few months. No matter how the case ultimately ends, there will always be lessons to be learnt from the situation.