IF YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW HOW LEWISHAM COUNCIL TREAT PEOPLE WHO SUFFER WITH DEPRESSION READ ON....
I have experienced injustice first hand. Having gone through a harrowing 3 year and 8 month legal process in the Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court, (and being unrepresented throughout), my eyes have now been open to the harsh realities of our legal system, particularly as a 'Whistleblower' and 'Litigant in Person', with no legal training.
I was 'easy meat!'
YOU WILL ALSO FIND OUT HOW THE TRIBUNAL SYSTEM TREATED ME: I am a whistleblower who took on a FTSE 100 Company and a Local Authority in a quest to expose what I perceived to be harassment, discrimination, malpractice and corruption- using covert recordings and other documentary evidence, but I was failed by the judicial system and left with a huge debt.
You can view the 'Timeline' of my experience here.
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WHO WERE THE DEFENDANTS’ IN THIS CASE?
Lewisham Council and their public officers/managers:
Ralph Wilkinson (Lewisham Council's current Head of Public Services)
Christine Grice (Lewisham Council's former Head of Access and Support)
Elaine Smith (Lewisham Council's current Positive Activities Team Manager- who had also been the joint interim head of the Youth Support Services at the time)
Valerie Gonsalves (Lewisham Council's current Key work Team Manager)
Kate Parsley (Lewisham Council's former Head of the Teenage Pregnancy Team- who had also been the joint interim head of the Youth Support Services at the time)
Elaine Hattam (Lewisham Council's HR officer)
The Defendants' were represented by their in-house legal team, specifically their Solicitor- Francis Millivojevic and their Head of Law- Kath Nicholson, (who signed statements of truth in the defence of my claim). The Defendants' Barristers were Stuart Brittenden from Old Square Chambers and William Bennett from 5rb.
Lewisham Council spent in excess of £700,000 of tax payers money defending legal action brought in the Tribunal and High Court, by me (AA Vaughan- an unrepresented Claimant with no legal training). I am a former employee.
Lewisham Council admitted that it defamed me. Babcock and Lewisham Council had previously tried to 'gag' me with a £95,000 settlement offer, which I refused.
Read the Tribunal Claims that I brought against Lewisham Council and its managers.
I subsequently withdrew my Tribunal claims in order to focus on my defamation case and vindicate my reputation, (as the Tribunal cannot hear defamation claims).
Lewisham Council claimed that it spent £350,000 defending my withdrawn tribunal claims, which involved the same set of events as my defamation claim.